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My Pink House

January 30th, 2011 Sears Homes 1 comment

One of the questions I’m most frequently asked is, “Do you live in a Sears House?”

No, but I live in a pink house that was built in 1925, and it’s a beautiful house, and that’s almost as good as a Sears House.

In Summer 2010, we had the house painted pink.

Yes, Pink.

With every passing day, I love this color more and more, and that’s a good thing because this was an enormous project. We used about 35 gallons of paint and primer (field and trim) and we chose Sherwin Williams Duration ($50 a gallon, 25 year warranty).

My 1925 Colonial Revival looks stunning in pink. Black shutters will soon arrive, which will create the perfect complement for this old house. Pink field, white trim, black shutters = the prettiest house in all of Norfolk.

My daughter says it looks like strawberry ice cream. My other daughter says it looks like a sheet cake. I think it looks perfect. :)

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Pretty in pink

Pretty in pink

Side view

Side view

The process

The process

The back looked worse than the front. Its likely the front had been repainted, but the rear had not.

The back looked worse than the front. It's likely the front had been repainted, but the rear had not.

Close-up of dirty eaves

Close-up of dirty eaves

Little House

Little House

Winter-time

Winter-time

Little house in the winter

Little house in the winter

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Have You Seen This House (Or These People)?

August 5th, 2010 Sears Homes No comments

Identifying Sears Homes would be a lot easier if they retained their original appearance. Unfortunately, most of these homes are 80 and 90 years old, and have endured countless generations of substitute siding salesmen, bad weather, the occasional fire, economical rehabs, expensive rehabs and other unfortunate events.

Below is a picture of a Sears Home (#106) that I purchased on Ebay. I paid $3 for this photo, which was a swinging deal for me. However, I’m sure that only three people in America would have known that this was a picture of a newly built Sears Home. (That’d be me, Rebecca Hunter and Dale Wolicki.) It’s since become a cherished photograph and I’m sure this little family was tickled pink to have their little kit home finished.

If you know where this house is, or if you know the people pictured herein, please drop me a line? The photograph was sent to me from an ebay seller in Ohio, so it’s possible that this is where the photo came from.

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Happy family in front of their Sears Modern Home #105

Happy family in front of their Sears Modern Home #106

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From the 1910 Sears Modern Homes catalog, heres model #105

From the 1910 Sears Modern Homes catalog, here's model #106