Around the turn of the century, companies such as Sears & Roebuck and Montgomery Ward sold homes out of catalogs. The houses were shipped to the home site, complete with instructions and numbered materials (including nails!), just as we might receive an assembly-required piece of furniture today.
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Once considered "pedestrian," kit homes are now coming back into style among home preservationists and architects. Bursting with intricate woodwork, charming built-ins, and easy floor plans, one would never guess that these "anti-McMansions" were picked straight out of a catalog.
Photos: Cottage Living (Thanks, Rex!)