About 65 pages of great little starter homes, mostly smaller 1 and 2 bedroom homes for the beginning family.
Everyone's heard of Sears kit homes. But historic catalog houses have many faces, and devotees are keeping the spirit alive almost a century later.
More than 100 years ago, companies shipped their catalog (mail-order) houses as kits by boxcar and customers hauled them off to their sites via horses and wagons or, later, pickups. Although a few of the catalog-house companies lingered past World War II, the bulk of the homes were sold from 1925 to 1930. Their manufacturers included Sears, Roebuck and Co., Montgomery Ward, "Aladdin Company, Gordon-Van Tine Co., Harris Brothers, Sterling Homes, Bennett Homes, Pacific Homes, and Lewis Company.
Quality homes was a bit different from other kit home companies, once you picked your plan, modifications could be made, and then the comapany would build the house.