Home for $1100 in 1916 Sears Roebuck Catalog

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Update: As pointed out in comment by Anonymous, this was only for plans + materials. You still had to build house.

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Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

3 Responses to Home for $1100 in 1916 Sears Roebuck Catalog

  1. Anonymous says:

    You still had to build the house, though — that cost is for plans and materials, and was apparently from an earlier catalog than the currently-being-emailed 1934 supposed Christmas catalog: some research says Wards went out of the house-selling business in 1930.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I recently found an archive of sears home kits from 1908+. It's pretty amazing how much costs have gone up over the years. Sad. LOL

  3. Hi, this house is not from Wards. It is from Sears and this page is from the 1916 catalog. No one was selling houses in this style in 1934. 🙂

    Sears Homes of Chicagoland

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