Sunday, August 12, 2018

Welcome Detroit Free Press Readers

Sears Sherburne - Berkley, Michigan
If you landed here from the Detroit Free Press article about kit houses, check out these links to learn more about what we do and about the history of kit houses.


After you visit the blog, join the Sears Modern Homes Facebook page to see many more examples of kit houses from Sears and other kit house companies. Interested in reading more? Check out the kit house blogs linked under "More about Catalog and Kit Homes" on the right hand side of the page.

Thank you for visiting!

PS - If you contact us, please be patient and we'll get back to you as soon as we can. We've received a lot of inquiries from the article and we're getting back to folks just as quick as we can. 

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Kit House Presentations

Catalog images of Sears Stratford
(1929 Special Supplement)
Images courtesy of Antique Home
Interested in hearing us speak about kit houses? Check out our list of upcoming presentations. Interested in having us present? We're scheduling presentations for 2018. Contact us to schedule a presentation in your community!

2018 Scheduled Presentations

Watch for upcoming presentation dates


View a list of previous presentations.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Thank you Petoskey!

This past week, Wendy and I journeyed up to the northern tip of Michigan's Lower Peninsula to present about "Michigan Kit Houses" as part of the "Friends @ the Carnegie" speaker series in Petoskey, Michigan. Hosted by the Petoskey District Library and sponsored by the Friends of the Library, the presentation took place in the historic Carnegie library that sits across the street from the current library building. 

Historic Carnegie library building in downtown Petoskey
Not only did the original Carnegie library provide a nice venue for the evening's attendees, it was outfitted with the largest screen we've ever stood in front of for a presentation!

Andrew and the Giant Screen!
We had a wonderful time talking about the history of kit houses, sharing the process of buying and building a kit house and  showing examples of kit houses in Petoskey, nearby cities and from across the state and the country including a wonderful example of a Sears house in downtown Petoskey. Everyone we met at the presentation was very gracious and we even had a couple of invitations to tour homes that we took advantage of the next day. If you ever get a chance to travel to northern Lower Michigan, you must find the time to visit Petoskey. We guarantee that you'll find it well worth the trip! 

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Where are the Sears Houses - June 2018 Edition

41 Palmer St - Stamford, CT
Sears Hathaway
Image courtesy of Zillow
It has been about three months since the last update of "Where are the Sears Houses?"  In that time, the national database of Sears houses eclipsed the 10,000 house mark, which means it's time for another update of "Where are the Sears Houses?" Here is the breakdown of location of houses by state based on approximately 10,000 homes in the database. Let's take a look!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

10,000 Sears Houses!

Our virtual group of kit house researchers was popping virtual champagne bottles this week when it was announced that that 10,000th Sears house (a Sears Conway) had been added to the national database of Sears homes. As excited as we were about reaching this milestone, I have to admit that I'm still in a bit of shock at passing it. When I first mentioned the national database of homes two and a half years ago after the addition of the 3,000th house, I couldn't have imagined that we would reach the 10,000th home so quickly - or at all! It had taken 3 years to reach 3,000 homes. A big chunk of that total was thanks to the list of homes that Bea Lask had compiled in and around Cincinnati, Ohio. At the rate that we were adding homes at that time, if you had asked me, I probably would have guessed that it would take another 7 years to reach 10,000, and that assumes that we would even be able to find that many houses.