Sears Mail-Order Home From 1925 Was a Prefab Pioneer

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Again, the dining room appears quite comfortable, with nice built-ins, which may also come from Sears. Sears explains the benefits of their process:

"Sears was not an innovator in home design or construction techniques; however, Modern Home designs did offer distinct advantages over other construction methods. The ability to mass-produce the materials used in Sears homes lessened manufacturing costs, which lowered purchase costs for customers.

"Not only did precut and fitted materials shrink construction time up to 40 percent but Sears's use of "balloon style" framing, drywall, and asphalt shingles greatly eased construction for homebuyers."

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