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Sears Home Kits and Building Plans

Discussion in 'Your Vintage Home' started by Shibumi, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. Shibumi

    Shibumi New in Town

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  2. 1930artdeco

    1930artdeco Practically Family

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    I want one! Well, one or two plans I really, really like at least.

    Mike
     
  3. 3fingers

    3fingers One Too Many

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    There was one of the ten room models shown in the article about 3 miles from where I sit typing this. It was disassembled and hauled to Wisconsin some years ago to be mated with a twin there to make a small mansion. I have no idea how the project turned out, but I was glad someone bought the house because it was headed for a bulldozer and a match.
     
  4. Bushman

    Bushman Call Me a Cab

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    There's an entire neighborhood's worth of these Sears houses across from the old town library in my town. One of them had been my aunt's first home. Her family started to outgrow the house, and they moved into a newer, bigger home across town. I wish they still built homes like these. They're quaint, homely little houses that make great, cheap starter homes.
     
  5. 3fingers

    3fingers One Too Many

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    Carlinville Illinois has an entire addition to the town built of Sears homes. They were built by Standard Oil to house people who worked for their coal mines.
    The mines only lasted a few years and the houses were mostly abandoned until Standard sold them off. They sold cheap and were fixed up by the new owners.
    All but a few still stand.
    There are about 150 of them, making Carlinville the home of the largest Sears home community in the country.
     
  6. Shibumi

    Shibumi New in Town

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    I'm real glad that some are still going strong!
     
  7. Edward

    Edward Bartender

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    Ikea are doing something similar now - https://dornob.com/flat-pack-ikea-house-built-shipped-for-under-100000/ . Would make a great little unit for a student, or a pied a tere or holiday home. Not sure I'd want to live full time with that layout (I don't like open-plan kitchens, and having to go through the bedroom to get to the bathroom is a non-starter if you have guests), BUT the basic concept is fantastic. Could be a very cool thing to have as a gust-facility if you have a big enough garden - also for Summer lets, or students.
     
  8. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    And of course, sometimes things can go wrong...

     
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  9. Doctor Strange

    Doctor Strange I'll Lock Up

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    You beat me to it again, Lizzie! I couldn't stop thinking about "One Week" from the start of this thread.
     
  10. 3fingers

    3fingers One Too Many

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    I'm sure there are markets where that might work, but not here. It looks like a house trailer and I can purchase a fair percentage of frame homes here for $86,000 already built and ready for occupancy that somebody will be living in long after my lamp goes out.
     
  11. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    The "tiny house" movement is very much a growing thing that would be tailor-made for pre-cut kit jobs if somebody wanted to get on the ball with that.

    Of course, not everybody welcomes the idea of people doing what they have to do to live affordably. The bourgies are up in arms in my town over what allowing such structures would do to their property values, their "green lawns" and of course the "kind of people" who would occupy tiny houses. I look out my window at my ten feet of frontage between house and street and at the stark and tree-free parking lot my neighbors constructed for their AirBNB racket, and I wonder where these oh so very "concerned citizens" were when all that was going on. They can pound their green space as far as it'll go.
     
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  12. Bushman

    Bushman Call Me a Cab

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    Personally, I prefer a larger yard and a smaller house. My neighbors next to me live in an entirely new neighborhood built about several years after the neighborhood I live in was built. We each get our half acre, but the sizes of the newer houses make your lot feel so much smaller.
     
  13. 3fingers

    3fingers One Too Many

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    I have given some thought as to what I would do if my wife would precede me in leaving this mortal coil.
    The tiny house idea has a definite appeal.
     
  14. Edward

    Edward Bartender

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    I love the concept, but I know I'll never be able to be minimalist enough to make it work.
     
  15. 1930artdeco

    1930artdeco Practically Family

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    Some of those tiny houses looked really nice. My current house is only 860 Sq ft. IT is small by todays standards but fits me just fine. Now...if I could just figure out how to get my garage to expand to three or four times it size.........

    Mike
     

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