Recently, I happened to watch NBC Nightly News and there was a story about the Sears Kit Homes of the early 20th Century. I love the history of the Sears & Roebuck homes and I am always trying to guess if a house in town is an original when I drive by. The Sears & Roebuck kit homes were built between 1908 & 1940 throughout the country, primarily on the East Coast & Midwest. The homeowner would order everything from a catalog and it all arrived via boxcar which would then be trucked to the homesite. These kit home packages delivered directly to the consumer could consist of up to 30,000 parts and pieces! Most of the original Sears homes because of their age can only be recognized by certain markings on the homes framing. These numbers & letters used to differentiate the various framing components are typically visible in a home’s basement or attic.
As the story ended, I started to compare a Sears Kit Home to what we do here at Addison Residential. Besides offering design & management services, we also offer framing packages for homes, barns, garages and more. These packages are made up of pre-constructed panelized wall framing, pre-cut floor, roof and ceiling framing and pre-assembled exterior trim elements. Pre-assembling these components saves time in the field thus, allowing a house frame to be put together faster than your average conventionally framed house. It also minimizes the waste of materials on site. Additionally, we can provide the homeowner with the trim, roofing, doors, and windows to complete the exterior of the home. Though we may not have a catalog to choose your house from, we can design a fully customized home for you, produce and deliver it in the same manner as a Sears Kit Home.
In addition to rough framing and exterior components we also offer interior components for homes. We design and build kitchen & bath cabinetry, built-in’s, staircases, mantels & specialty millwork pieces. These items can be fully customized to fit any homeowner’s wants, needs & budget.
Though we don’t supply refrigerators or plumbing fixtures, we can guide you in the right direction for these purchases. Our goal at Addison Residential is to provide an efficient way to build a home without compromising on design. That being said, I think we have taken what we could learn from the Sears Kit Home and we have continued to improve on their concept of pre-built home construction and will continue to do so. The kit home hasn’t died, it has just evolved to meet the needs of today’s homeowner.
Check out the NBC News Story HERE