Modern Family wouldn't be the hit ABC sitcom that it is if the show didn't evolve over time. You've literally watched the Dunphy and Pritchett kids grow up on TV. Now, as the show launches its 10th season, its plot is facing even more changes—including coping with death—but there's something reassuring in having a few constants. Like the fact that in the last decade, the three families' houses haven't really changed. At all.
Like the households the show follows, the architecture and decor of each space is wildly different, prompting HouseBeautiful.com's latest House Wars series on Instagram: Which house is truly the best? Because, c'mon, you know you have a favorite.
As popular as the show is, nobody anticipated how fired up people would get, commenting like crazy with their answers. Two houses in particular really seemed to divide people: Who had the better style, Phil and Claire Dunphy (option A, in the 'gram above), or Claire's brother and his husband, Mitchell and Cam (option B)?
Phil and Claire's house is a little more traditional, almost as if it's ripped directly from an early 2000's catalog. And that was exactly the goal: The space is supposed to be very comfortable and lived in, with a vibe that's "Pottery Barn meets Restoration Hardware," production designer Richard Berg told Architectural Digest back in 2012.
Mitchell and Cameron's apartment, with its villa style and ivy snaking up the walls, definitely caught people's attention. It's a little more romantic, and even though their home would mean settling for less square footage (they live in the ground-floor apartment of the two-story, technically), their interiors tend to be a little more upscale and collected over time. "We saw the couple as being new to the parenthood plateau and fresh off the plane from years of travel and singledom," Berg told the magazine.
Phil and Claire and Mitchell and Cam's houses still seem deadlocked in the debate for second place, but there's no arguing which house, overall, reigns supreme: Jay and Gloria Pritchett's contemporary, California-cool abode (option C).
Fun fact: That exterior is an actual, two-story house in Los Angeles's Brentwood neighborhood, though most of the filming is done on a soundstage. The Modern Family production team had built "80 percent" of the set before finding the perfect house to serve as its exterior, so they had to go back and change its windows and layout to match, Berg said.
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