Our most popular home tours of 2018

A 1956 ranch home is remade with the addition of a second-floor master bedroom suite clad in cedar — a modern treehouse.
(Christina House / Los Angeles Times)

Peace, comfort, a place to call home, these are the common themes found in our most popular home tours in 2018. Keeping the history of Midcentury Modern or Georgian-style homes without sacrificing the modern family needs was a key to many of the renovations we featured this year. Readers clicked with Craftsman homes full of livable spaces as well as with impressive renovations of Midcentury designs. There were also many readers who were impressed with our coverage of gardens and alternative living options.

Here’s a look at our most popular homes of 2018:

A Midcentury remodel

The facade of Ingrid Jackel's 1960 Palm Springs house features classic Midcentury Modern decorative concrete blocks.
(Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

Renovations with before and after shots are a big hit with our readers, so naturally this Midcentury renovation from Palm Springs was a favorite. Ingrid Jackel remodeled her weekend home with bright results.

Koreatown Craftsman

Cassandra Corum and Shannon Reese's living room.
(Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)

After years living in a Hollywood loft, Cassandra Corum and Shannon Reese found a Craftsman home in Koreatown to be closer to the center of the city.

Modern treehouse

Yaniv and Nina Tepper's new second-floor master bedroom expands their view of Laurel Canyon.
(Christina House / Los Angeles Times)

Yaniv and Nina Tepper added a second floor for their master bedroom, expanding their view of Laurel Canyon.

Venice duplex

The view from the second floor into the common area of the duplex
(David McNew / For The Times)

Jenn McCabe and Lee Frees’ Venice duplex mixes rustic with modern design and a shared space with their tenant.

Small-town retreat

The Donovan family left Silver Lake for Idyllwild after visiting a for-sale home on a lark. Catherine with Bon, age 4, and Michael with Tate, 7.
(Christina House / Los Angeles Times)

Catherine and Michael Donovan left Silver Lake with their two children for the mountain town of Idyllwild. Following the Cranston fire, readers were worried about the couple and their two children. So we checked with the Donovan family to see if they were safe and if their home was unharmed.

Georgian remodel

Custom floor-to-ceiling shelves house the couple's many books.
(Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

Filmmakers Sarah Wetherbee and Emre Sahin bought a 1930 Georgian-style home to settle down with their two daughters, renovating it to bring more light and modern touches to the historic home.

Eco-friendly Craftsman

The backyard of the Santa Barbara home of architect Kevin Dumain and his wife, Jill, emphasizes indoor-outdoor living.
(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Kevin and Jill Dumain demolished their tiny bungalow and built a multilevel, sustainable and modern home with Craftsman quality.

Pasadena Craftsman

The 1911 Gard House in Pasadena was one of the homes open to the public as part of the Pasadena Heritage Craftsman Weekend.
(Dennis Hill / For The Times)

Lisa and Patrick Brault updated their 1911 Craftsman home in a historic Pasadena neighborhood to make it a true home for their family.


Rosemary and boxwood grow near a quiet spot fashioned from repurposed broken concrete in Nord Ericsson's garden.
(Jennifer Cheung / For The Times)

As much as readers enjoyed our home tours, they really loved our garden makeover stories. Nord Eriksson wanted his Pasadena garden to be renovated with modern design and worldly tradition, mixing in elements from Spain.

Bonus — Ditch the home, make it mobile

The Living Vehicle, which is designed to be a permanent residence, on the go at Cabrillo Beach in Santa Barbara.
(Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

As housing prices go up in Southern California and elsewhere, some people have decided to go mobile and ditch the traditional home. Readers loved reading our story on how families have packed their bags and never looked back.

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