A Very Nice House on a Champaign Budget
Sears Homes were real kit homes, ordered right out of the pages of the Sears Modern Homes catalog. The 12,000-piece kits came with a 75-page instruction book and a promise that “a man of average abilities” could have it assembled in 90 days.
One of my favorite Sears kit homes is the Sears Dover. This little neo-Tudor is adorable, thoughtfully designed, well-laid out, relatively spacious and just as cute as a button. On the back of the house is a large shed dormer, creating plenty of room on the second floor for an additional two bedrooms and a full bath, giving the house a total of four bedrooms, two baths, large living room, dining room and kitchen.
For the late 1920s/early 30s, that was a good-size house.
This photo (and the one below) was taken in late February 2010, when I visited my daughter and her family.
Pictured below is another beautiful Sears Home, The Americus. This house is in Urbana, Illinois. So I guess we’d call it, a fine little Sears House on an Urbana budget?