Saturday, March 12, 2016

1926 Sears Special Supplement from

Don't miss this never before seen catalog from Sears. Images are available to you on Flickr or Pinterest. Please contact me if you would like a free PDF version of this very special catalog.

See the Flickr Album: Sears Kit Houses from 1926, The Special Supplement

Pin the images to your heart's content!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Tiny Kit House || The Olivia by Sears

Tiny House in St Louis - A tiny (638 sq foot) authenticated Sears Roebuck kit home. Take a look at what Sears House Seeker found.

Monday, August 24, 2015

1917 Montgomery Ward Mail Order Farm

Mail Order Farm House from Montgomery Ward

From the 1917 Coverall Paint Catalog.

From the 1917 Coverall Paint Catalog::A Montgomery Ward Kit House Farm
Montgomery Ward Kit House and Buildings from 1917

Good Cattle Should Have Good Housing::Montgomery Ward Kit Barn
Montgomery Ward Kit Housing for Pigs and Chickens

The Farm Buildings are Kits

The Barn came from a catalog. The Chicken and Hog Houses too. (courtesy Cindy Catanzaro) From the 1917 catalog.

Montgomery Ward Kit House::Model "The Illinois" from 1925

The House, available as a kit. (from the 1925 catalog)

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Before the Ranch || Minimal Traditional Style || Order Yours Today

The Style is: Minimal Traditional

Kit Home from 1953 Aladdin Catalog
Aladdin Kit House from the 1953 Catalog

Minimal Traditional::This style is the Plain Jane of 20th century American residential architecture, but is being "discovered" by new home buyers as the style that immediately preceded the developer's suburban tract homes of the post-WWII period.

1950's Kit Home from Aladdin
The example is a kit home from 1953, the Aladdin Parkway. Available in the late 40's - early 50's.

The Aladdin Company Kit Home Prices
Here is the 1950 price list. Write a check for $3398, and see what happens next. Sears Homes of Chicagoland has mapped out the process for us.

Monday, August 3, 2015

The American Lumberman || House Plans from Your Local Dealer || 1920

A weekly trade journal for the lumber industry.

House Plan no. 125 from American Lumberman Magazine

Offered plan books to the trade that could be printed with the lumber company name for a nominal cost.

House Plan from: "Attractive Small Homes"
A Well Designed "Cottage Bungalow"
Small Cottage Bungalow from American Lumberman

Plan No. 125: An 1100 Sq. Ft. -- 2 Bedroom Cottage from your local lumberman.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Defining Chalet Style || No Need to Travel

J.W. Lindstrom House from the Twenties
From: J. W. Lindstrom "Two Story Homes"

Design No. 228

Two Story Chalet Design

American Chalet Style

From: Preservation Nation Blog

Definition: "A timber dwelling, cottage, or lodge with a gable roof and wide eaves, indigenous to the Swiss Alps, but now found worldwide."

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Pacific Ready Cut Homes || Style Number 499

California Stucco House from Pacific Ready Cut

From: Loren Latker's -- Pacific Ready Cut Homes

Pacific Ready Cut House Plan::Style 499

Style No. 499. From the 1925 Catalog

Twenties California Style House from Pacific Ready Cut Homes

The Pacific Corporation sold it's Ready-Cut homes from 1908-1940. Considered to be the third largest mass producer of pre-cut houses in the United States, Pacific delivered approximately 40,000 units. Business for the company peaked in 1923, sales in 1925 were just 500 homes. In the 1920s working class people aspired to the "good life" of home and auto ownership and Pacific was there to provide the little California bungalow that they were dreaming of.