While there were many companies offering kit homes, the big name was Sears. With all their loyal by-mail customers, they quickly became the major supplier of kit homes. The boom in housing after World War I meant that many a home had to be built in order satisfy the demand.
Some of the smaller one story homes with simpler details were advertised as taking two men only 3 days to build!
With names like the Hollywood, the Alhambra, the Silverdale, and the Kismet, Sears kit homes came in selection of styles. From Arts and Crafts style to Spanish to English cottage, the variety offered included something for every taste.
Despite the low price and pre-fabricated construction, the fact that so many kit homes are still standing and in beautiful condition is a testament to how well made they were. The claims about quality in the catalogs have turned out to be, a century later, quite true. Many kit homes have survived in amazing condition and if you’ve ever lived in one then you likely know how lucky you are!