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If You’ve Lived in One Then You Already Know How Gorgeous They Are!

Kit homes were very popular in the 1910s and 1920s, with the bungalow style being one of the most adorable and affordable new homes for middle and working class Americans at the time. Unlike some other homes, the nature of these kit homes (and the fact that the buyer was responsible for building it) meant the initial cost was low.

Honor Bilt Sears Kit Homes Are Beautiful

Sears Honor Bilt catalog- 1921. Via/ Internet Archive

In turn, extra fancy details could be ordered from the manufacturer like bead board, wallpaper, lace curtains, stained glass windows, and a host of other touches previously afforded only to the wealthy.

Honor Bilt Sears Kit Homes Are Beautiful

Sears Honor Bilt catalog- 1921. Via/ Internet Archive

At around $700 to $2,200 in 1918, depending on size and luxury, these kit homes represented a significant price break for home buyers who could save a bundle. Buying or building a regular home averaged about $3,200 in 1915.

Honor Bilt Sears Kit Homes Are Beautiful

Sears Honor Bilt catalog- 1921. Via/ Internet Archive

The details of these homes are so wonderful to look at. While many of the furnishings would be purchased separately, a stunning variety of floor plans, window treatments, lighting and decor meant each home customizable.

Honor Bilt Sears Kit Homes Are Beautiful

Sears Honor Bilt catalog- 1921. Via/ Internet Archive

Honor Bilt Sears Kit Homes Are Beautiful

Sears Honor Bilt catalog- 1921. Via/ Internet Archive

Honor Bilt Sears Kit Homes Are Beautiful

Sears Honor Bilt catalog- 1921. Via/ Internet Archive

The new trend for sanitation and convenience meant that these wonder homes also had state of the art kitchens and bathrooms-a first for many working class families.

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