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    I recently started a long-deferred tear-off and rebuild of two sh!tty porch additions to our 1912 bungalow Sears kit house. Much to my surprise they were originally covered porches, done in the bell-hip style of the original kit. I wondered about the French doors out of the master bedroom, and the hip roof construction didn't match the quality of the later amateur enclosure.

    The project is complicated because we have both porches filled with accumulated sh!t, so I have to stage the project so as to allow for keeping the stuff out of the weather. My intention is that the rebuild will be consonant with the original style and quality of the Sears kit, which was quite high.
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    Right before Winter set in I had the upper deck of my house rebuilt. I didn't do it myself because I am much better at breaking things than building them, but the person I had do it did a great job.
    “Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in pursuit of justice is no virtue.” - Barry Goldwater

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    I had heard of the Sears Kit houses mentioned on the forum before, but just got curious and looked them up. I expected to see 60 year old mobile homes. Instead I found pictures of classic homes that you see in every small town in the US.

    I wonder how many of these were actually owner built and how many were by hired contractors.
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    The Mrs wants to do a gut-job of our 1998 bathroom in the master.
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    Quote Originally Posted by carolina73 View Post
    I had heard of the Sears Kit houses mentioned on the forum before, but just got curious and looked them up. I expected to see 60 year old mobile homes. Instead I found pictures of classic homes that you see in every small town in the US.

    I wonder how many of these were actually owner built and how many were by hired contractors.
    I did a remodel on one in western North Dakota on a farm out in the boondocks in 1980. The owner (a 75 year old guy whose father and the local handyman put it together in 1915, having had it shipped out on the train from Seattle), told me the reason the eaves were full of dirt was because of the Dust Bowl!

    There were three of them built in my neighborhood by the same family, put up by a contractor. It’s really well built. A lot of the materials were sourced locally (roughsawn Ponderosa pine framing lumber and “pen-tile” (made at the local penitentiary) hollow clay tile blocks). I was told by a former brick manufacturer that the bricks came from Nebraska. The interior plaster was over expanded metal lath, and not wood lath - very advanced for the time period.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jes'fuchinwitcha View Post
    I did a remodel on one in western North Dakota on a farm out in the boondocks in 1980. The owner (a 75 year old guy whose father and the local handyman put it together in 1915, having had it shipped out on the train from Seattle), told me the reason the eaves were full of dirt was because of the Dust Bowl!

    There were three of them built in my neighborhood by the same family, put up by a contractor. It’s really well built. A lot of the materials were sourced locally (roughsawn Ponderosa pine framing lumber and “pen-tile” (made at the local penitentiary) hollow clay tile blocks). I was told by a former brick manufacturer that the bricks came from Nebraska. The interior plaster was over expanded metal lath, and not wood lath - very advanced for the time period.
    The fact they are still around says something in itself.
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    The stories on those are interesting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DGUtley View Post
    The stories on those are interesting.
    But good luck on the master bathroom. We are just getting ready to do the same. It is beyond repair. It needs a new shower. The Jacuzzi tub gelcoat is cracking. I had to turn off one faucet for the double sinks and managed to get the broken one down to just a dripping. The toilet bowl is cracked. The project was just last on the list because no one else sees it..
    Let's go Brandon !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jes'fuchinwitcha View Post
    I recently started a long-deferred tear-off and rebuild of two sh!tty porch additions to our 1912 bungalow Sears kit house. Much to my surprise they were originally covered porches, done in the bell-hip style of the original kit. I wondered about the French doors out of the master bedroom, and the hip roof construction didn't match the quality of the later amateur enclosure.

    The project is complicated because we have both porches filled with accumulated sh!t, so I have to stage the project so as to allow for keeping the stuff out of the weather. My intention is that the rebuild will be consonant with the original style and quality of the Sears kit, which was quite high.
    The most complicated HI I ever did was when we built a large deck a platform and close to 30 steps down the hill to the lake
    It was on a steep hill, which pitched down, of course but also side to side and too steep for a wheelbarrow or cement mixer.
    I had to re-dig one hole but got it done and lots of compliments.
    It may have finished off my knees though

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