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Old 01-31-2011, 04:28 PM   #1
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Is this a craftsman bungalow?


This is a shot of the front of the house...




and here is the layout...



(Please let me know if some other info/images would be helpful)

The mudroom is very clearly an addition, the kitchen really seems like an addition. Does this make sense?
DH insists the bathroom wasn't always there either. A chimney runs right through it (all the way down to the basement floor even). You can sort of see where it is in the layout from the pencil drawn square to the lower left of the "B" in "bath".

The rectangle in the lower left of the kitchen is a cupboard of sorts, but doesnt fill the whole area, and it SEEMS like theres a chimney in the left side of it. Though we're not currently 100% on that.

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it's a bungalow i don't see any craftsman influence on it, more in the American venacular

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Too many companies did kit. Baseboard mouldings, stamps on lumber, etc are ways to find out. Dating of the structure helps in knowing who and when it was built. There is actually a website that shows the various homes that were offered by companies back in the days. Pre WW2 homes that were "kit", or in that date manufactured and ship in a rail box were always called "Sears" homes, but not always sold by Sears holdings.

Mine was built around 1937, so I can date it with one of the local lumber companies that offered "kit" homes, that you bought the plan, and they sold the lumber & you built.
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It was built in 1915. Where would I look for stamps? Just any of the studs?
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studs, and key elements that are unique to Sears homes. As for who built it, check with some of the old timers in your area, or even the public library or city hall. There were too many builders & companies that sold homes to those who wanted to buy and build from a "kit".

"Sears kits were made with the finest materials, including cypress for all exterior components (window trim, clapboard, fascia and soffit) and first-growth, top-grade southern yellow pine for framing members. Kitchen and bath floors were solid maple (tongue and groove). "
http://www.arts-crafts.com/archive/k...earskits.shtml

We have a bunch of Sears kit homes in my town, along with a couple of unique Steel homes that used the square steel panels, such as you would see on some of the old gas stations. Both are in good condition, but one is even better show state, because of the part of town it is in.

http://images.search.yahoo.com/searc...ow+house+plans
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