Sears-Roebuck home plans

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by Don Armstrong, Jan 23, 2005.

  1. Don Armstrong

    Don Armstrong In Remembrance

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    Wanda Well-Known Member

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    Don
    Thanks for the memory. There is a small town south of me that has a large no. of these homes that were built by Standard oil as quick housing when they were drilling the area for oil.
     

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    Went on an old home tour that featured Sears houses,they were quite nice.

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    Sears really attempted to make everything available by mail order in their day. Pre-shopping mall, pre internet. I wasn't aware they had home plans. Interesting stuff.
     
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    Neat plans. I wish I could build for those prices today.
     
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    I live in a Sears house that I remodeled. It's well built.
     
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    I stayed in a Sears house a couple of months ago while visting OH. Its one of the places at this inn:

    http://www.buxtoninn.com/

    Interesting place.

    Sears did sell everything. Bought my first chicks from them when I was a kid, 75 of them. Got a call from the post office - "Please come get these chicks!!" When we walked in we figured out why they called!! LOL Just a little noise!! :haha:
     
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    Bob_W_in_NM Well-Known Member

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    Sears didn't sell home plans as far as I know. They sold the entire house!
    They were shipped as kits with all parts and directions included. The lumber was all pre-cut and numbered as to it's precise location.

    You could order the basic house or specify options. One popular option was a matching privy for the back yard.
     
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    snoozy Well-Known Member Supporter

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    But is it "Honor Bilt"? :haha:
     
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    Cyngbaeld In Remembrance Supporter

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    When I was a child I always would see bungalows and think 'home'. We moved soooo much with the Army. My Granny Pearl's neighbor had one with a wide porch and I just loved it. I'd love to build one out of straw bales! LOL
     
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    You could come very close, at least here in northern Arizona.

    Remember, these prices were for a kit only. Lot and infrastructure and construction labor was extra. The 1922 model I looked at cost $1500 or about 100 oz of gold. Today 100 0z of gold is worth $40,000. For that amount you can build a good three bedroom, 1400 sq. ft. house here including labor.
     
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    My Son is buying one in Oregon. It's cold, drafty and moldy, coarse that could be Oregon...ha