Real Estate

DIY home kits of old: Sears Modern Homes


Sears, Montgomery Wards, and Gordon-Van Tine were some of the companies offering kit-built homes. But the Sears Modern Homes were most successful, with approximately 70,000 mail-order, kit-built homes sold. These homes were delivered via railroad between 1908 and 1940 with a concentration in the Eastern Seaboard area. In a time when the U.S. was experiencing a great economic boom, housing […]

Why I love old houses


There is something special about old houses. The incredible craftsmanship, the quality materials — but most precious is the history and stories they tell. It’s easy to get caught up in the nuts and bolts of how to fix things, but sometimes I need to remember why I do what I do as a preservation contractor. So, I thought I’d […]


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