After my lunch with David Easton I began to do a bit more research on modular living. There is a TON to learn, but I think I now have a better understanding of the concept. I was asked by a client not to long ago to work on a modular structure, but the project never came to pass so I am still a modular virgin. However after all this research I am very eager to work with this type of structure.
I guess it's best to start from the beginning. The Kit House. I have a friend who leaves in a 1940's Sear and Roebuck kit house and it has been modified too much, keeping all the charm it originally came with, straight from the factory. Walking into the red brick house I never knew what a kit house was let alone stepped into one. After he showed me one of the original catalogs of his house (an ebay find) he began to show me windows that were "upgrades" layout and structure and it all came together. This was cool!!
History "Aladdin Homes of Bay City, Michigan premiered the idea of kit houses in 1906. It wasn't until 1908 that the largest provider of kit houses, Sears, Roebuck and Co., building upon its earlier forays into building materials and house plans, entered the market for complete kit houses. In the years that followed, Wardway Homes (Montgomery Ward), Harris Homes of Chicago, the Ready Built House Company, and Robinson's also got in on the kit home market."
"Following the stock market crash of 1929, the construction of these houses gradually declined and in 1940 Sears printed its last Book of Modern Homes. For many years these house were slowly forgotten, but in the 1980s, people looking for affordable housing began to discover kit houses. In the past two decades, scholars and local historians have documented kit houses throughout the United States. Still, many people live in kit houses without knowing their unique origin and place in America's architectural and cultural heritage." National Trust
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