11 Sears Roebuck Homes Then & Now!

11 Vintage Houses That Came from a CatalogIn the early 20th century, a handful of companies, including Sears, Roebuck and Co., sold tens of thousands of mail-order homes. Available in a variety of styles and at a range of price points, these “kit houses” would arrive via railroad boxcar as precut and fitted materials, which the owner or a local contractor would assemble into a new house.

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Need Some More Privacy?

Depending on where you live, adding some privacy can really add to the enjoyment of your home.  Here are a few great ideas for cutting down on the view & noise of neighbors.

10 Ways to Add Privacy to Your YardThere was a time you could kick back in glorious solitude right in your own backyard. Then the family next door cleared some trees on their lot. And on the other side, the neighbors’ new master suite includes a second-story deck with nice views-into your yard.

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New Season of This Old House, Charlestown Row

What a hefty undertaking! This Old House always seems to be a good showcase for new products and ways to make home remodel projects much easier.

Charlestown 2014 | A Rowhouse ReimaginedAfter five months of work in Charlestown, the exterior is nicely restored thanks to a new dormer, windows, shutters, and front entry. Inside, Kevin finds systems integrator Greg Smizer test-driving the new internet-based security system, wireless music system and remote controlled window shades with solar battery back up.

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Rehabbing Houses for Profit? Here’s a nice little article

Came across this article, and although it might not apply to all situations, I believe there is something to gain from it.

Plan ahead.  Will you need financing to start or finish the project?  Are you going to start with your own working capital and then seek investors/financing later?  (If so, brush up on these tips)  Are there underlying issues beyond your expertise that might sour this great deal later on?

Rehabbing Houses For Love And ProfitElizabeth Ellsworth AGE: 51 New Canaan, Conn. Day Job: bank marketer Strategy: Rehabbing high-end houses Elizabeth Ellsworth rehabbed her first house, a 1920s Mediterranean revival in the El Cid historic district of West Palm Beach, Fla., while working in marketing for Citibank Latin America.

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What Kind of House Is It?

Here is a nice pictorial guide for residential architecture styles.  A lot of homes can be a mix of two or more styles, but this article gives a good basis on the foundations of each style.  So the next time you are house hunting you can impress your agent, family or friends with the answer as to what kind of house it is!

House StylesWhat style is your house? Browse our photo gallery for the most popular housing styles and types in North America. Click on the pictures below for larger images. For historical information, building plans, and other helpful resources, also see:

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Great Watch For Anyone Looking for Ideas for Home Remodeling Projects

I really enjoyed this season of This Old House, a hefty undertaking renovating a beautiful Victorian Italiante.  The general contractor makes the crown molding look too easy!

House Project OverviewFor the 2013-2014 season of This Old House TV, the crew, led by general contractor Tom Silva, will renovate an 1872 Italianate in the historic Boston suburb of Arlington

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