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    The Amazing Collection of Sears Homes - in the Midwest! | Sears Modern Homes

    Sears Homes were kit homes that were sold right out of the pages of the Sears Roebuck catalog in the early 1900s. More than 370 designs of kit homes were offered - everything ranging from Arts and Crafts bungalows to foursquares to Colonial Revivals. These homes came in 30,000-piece kits and were shipped to all 48 states. Sears promised that a man of average abilities could have these homes assembled in about 90 days.

    Today, the only way to find these kit homes is literally one by one. And thatís what I do. When I decided that Sears Homes would be my career, I endeavored to memorize each of those 370 designs of Sears Homes. Now I can drive the streets of small town America and find the Sears Homes - one by one.

    Not surprisingly, the Midwest has an amazing collection of Sears Homes in particular and kit homes in general. Below are a few pictures of the kit homes Iíve found during my travels in the Midwest.

    In addition to Sears, there were other companies that sold kit homes, including Aladdin, Gordon Van Tine, Montgomery Ward, Harris Brothers and more.


    I can't get the pics posted, but the drawings are better than how the originals turned out.
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    I see some potential in these houses. They have modified the outside of theses houses and they look ugly.

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    Friends of ours had a Sears house while living in Buffalo...they loved it.

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    I think my favorite is the first one - The Sherburne. I love older looking homes - I call 'em "grandma houses".
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    That's really interesting. I've heard my parents talk about kit homes before and now that I look at these I think some of the homes around here may be kits. I recognize a few designs.

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    California is full of Craftsman bungalows. I love looking at them.

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    Oy, I adore Craftsman homes!!
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    Having grown up in the Midwest, these remind me of home. Cool thread.

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    omg this is so fascinating! what a time, when homes were affordable before inflation

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    really fascinating. funny how the popular homes were often the plainest.

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    Look at those prices!
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    I literally spent a few hours last night looking over that website and reading and looking. I'd never heard of Sears homes before. I'd swear every other house in the little towns around here are exactly like those. There were a lot of mills in this area a while back and there are whole rows of mill houses in every town that look just like these. I might drive by and take some pictures to compare.
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    i love the California craftsman homes too! they're really in high demand here

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