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Sears homes were sold as a kit.  You ordered them and the materials got shipped to a local train depot.  All the parts (studs, joists, etc.) were marked and presumably a manual.   My father in law and his father put theirs together.  There were many styles, but mostly small simple homes typical of the first half of the 20th century.  

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sears_Catalog_Home

 

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Geeze, Keith. Some of those homes were beautiful. Indeed, many of them incorporated architectural details very much like the A&C homes. 

Our SIL's house was probably one of the earlier kits. IIRC, She said it was built in the early teens. 

 

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28611 Main St - Google Maps.pdfI"m not sure which model my wife grew up in.  Without searching through all 370 styles, it was very similar to Winona http://www.antiquehome.org/House-Plans/1935-Sears/Winona.htm 

 

Except no front porch and no third bedroom.    A third bedroom was added later, but in order to get thru to it, you had to go through another bedroom.   My wife and her two sisters, father, mother, grandfather and grandmother all lived in that two-three bedroom, one bath house.

 

On the other hand, you'd pay 2-4x as much for a garden shed kit today.

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