jimbo970 wrote:Hi, I own a home built in 1924. It was a pre\fab of it day AKA 4 square colonia. The houses were sold as kits from Sears\Roebuck. I would say that mine was assembles by amish builders though. It was built for a doctor and hi family. Aside from the usual things you run across with an older home such as ( lack of insulation, older wriring etc...) it still has the original slate roof. it is 3 stories with mag in basement level and ducted to 1st floor living area which is also at the base of the upstairway. This allows the heat pouring in to the living room to easily rise to the 2nd floor. I normally heat with oil and use this when I am away for more than 2 days which is often since I travel for work. When I am home I uses the cola stove to heat the house and so far it does a pretty good job. I know when the temps sat consistantly in the low 20's then I may need to run both ot put some logs in the wood stove in the living room. ( I dont like to use the wood stove to much as it is a small vigilant and get to about 800 degrees quickly - afraid she'll blow.
The previous owner was an engineer who did some quality renovatons to the attic(master suite) - warmest room in the house when using the radiators, a very nice sun room on the entire back of the house which encompassed the old outdoor basement entrance, so can easily get in out of lower level by just a few steps - made it easy for dealer to bring in stove this way. The kitchen was renovated and incidentally I have 3 chimnesy anfd the one that the kitchen used some time ago was blocked but the flue exisits with a concrete cap. The unused chimey is about 15' above roof line and at different angles looks as though it is leaning outward ( hate to see what would happen if it were to topple).
I will post pix at soem time for you to see some of the work that was done.
I've heard of the Sears house kits, but I never actually talked to someone who owned one. Looking forward to the photos.
Sears sold pre-fab garages also, and a car at one point, the "Allstate" which actually was a Henry J.http://www.kfnut.com/1952models/page2.html