Counting Down the Top 5 HOME Stories of 2020

What’s the history behind Lt. Gov. John Fetterman and Gisele Barreto Fetterman’s Braddock Home? And did you ever wonder about the unusual stone houses along Route 28? Find out with our recap of the year’s most popular HOME + Design stories.

While most won’t be sorry to say goodbye (and good riddance) to 2020, it wasn’t without a number of dynamic HOME stories — very fitting in a year when many of us rarely left the house.  

From Lt. Gov John Fetterman and Gisele Barreto Fetterman’s brick loft in Braddock to the odd fairytale-like stone houses along Route 28, these were the five most popular HOME + Design stories from the last year. 

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PHOTO BY DAVE BRYCE PHOTOGRAPHY

5. Best New Home: Architectural and Best Green Home

Using nature as inspiration, architect Robert Gaskill designed his woodsy dream home, and in the process won two categories in Pittsburgh Magazine’s annual Best of Design contest: Best New Home and Best Green Home.  

PHOTO BY CHUCK BEARD

4. This Old Pittsburgh House: The Odd Fairytale House on Route 28

On an Aspinwall hillside, a fairytale compound of odd stone and concrete buildings — designed by renowned architect Frederick Sauer — seems to hide behind a wall of trees from the commuters barreling by on Route 28.

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PHOTO BY TYLER NORMAN

3.  Best Renovated Home

Helmed by Laken Design, the stunning renovation of a light-filled, 9,000 square-foot home in New Wilmington took Best Renovated Home honors in the 2020 Best of Design Contest. 

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PHOTOS BY 360 CAPTURES LLC

2. How a Former Church Became a Hallowed Home

Remie Ferreira spent three years turning a 165-year-old former church on the South Side into a home with modern amenities, while still managing to retain its historic character.

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PHOTO BY LAURA PETRILLA

1. My Favorite Room: The Fettermans’ Braddock Loft

Go inside the renovated Braddock loft of Lt. Gov. John Fetterman and his wife 412 Food Rescue and For Good PGH co-founder and Free Store 15104 founder Gisele Barreto Fetterman. Located across the street from Edgar Thomson Steel Works, the brick building, which also houses the acclaimed Superior Motors restaurant and barebones productions performing art theater, was once an indoor Chevy car dealership.  

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