People live in the past during early to middle of 20th century might know the sears catalog homes. They also were known as sears modern homes. During 1908 and 1940, according to their claim, they sold for more than 70,000 homes in North America. Actually, the company which based on mail order had the name Sears, Roebuck and Company. It was American company retailer. They shipped the house kits by using boxcar. They provided most of the material used to build a home at that time.
Now, it was only a legend. But, the design and style of the house built during early 20th century is still used until now. Today, the house design used most design from the sears modern homes. You might know the name of the houses built by that company that become inspiration today. Some of them are Alhambra, argyle, Barrington, crescent, Dover, Hathaway, Osborn and many more. Half of them were made at 1913. The sears modern homes 1913 commonly had the sunroom as well as the living room at the front of the house.
Styles of Sears Modern Homes
As I said above, there were a lot of homes built by the Sears homes at the past. One of them was house model Alhambra built in 1928. It was included in the big list of sears modern homes catalog. The appearance was very beautiful with its vintage design. There was small porch before you entering the house. When you had enter to the house, you must met the great sunroom which 27 feet away from the living room. That sears modern homes had two levels floor.
In the first level floor, there were sunroom, living room, kitchen, and dining room. As the main room in the Alhambra house, living room was the biggest room inside. Then, you should take some stairs to get into second level floor. In the second level floor or Alhambra sears modern homes there were four bedrooms with a master and only one bathroom located between two bedrooms. The interior was designed in totally classic. It seems like another house from Sears which is Barrington.
The Barrington home style from sears modern homes was built in 1923. With classic design, it had two levels floor. All of the bedrooms (counted four) were located at second level floor. Meanwhile, the living room, kitchen, and dining room were in the first level floor. The style seemed have no different between it and the sears modern homes 1908 when they started to build home for public. The house priced with $2,458 at that time was surrounded by open field and garden. Meanwhile, it had no large terrace.
Another home style made by the sears modern homes was Dover house. It was totally designed such a classic style. They used plank as the wall. Meanwhile, the fireplace chimney was made of brick. It had six rooms contained of a living room, kitchen, dining room, and three bedrooms, and a bath. The dimension was approximately 34 feet depth and 36 feet width. Look at the inside, staircase stood in the center of living area connected first level to second level floor.
Therefore, this home had no sunroom as many sears modern homes built in that year. After the door, living room welcomed every guest nicely. The price of the home was $2,270 at that year. Today, if you want to make sears modern homes, that price is surely not enough. You need more than $50,000 at least to build the same house like in the year of 1923. But, it is more realistic than buying an existed sears home.