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Man Posts Photos Of Renovating Home Bought From Sears In 1916

A Reddit user who goes by the name RealHotSauceBoss has recently shared a story of renovating his great-grandparents' house. They purchased it from a Sears catalog in 1916. According to the Sears Archives, around 75,000 mail-order homes were sold between 1908 and 1940. He posted photos of his project on Reddit. He has renovated the exterior and is working on the interior.

When Sears sold homes, the pieces would be shipped by train and delivered to the customer via horse-drawn wagons, complete with pre-drawn blueprints and pre-cut materials. The house in question appears to be a "Model No. 137," which went for about $1,200 in 1916, Atlas Obscura reports. That equates to $27,000 in 2016. RealHotSauceBoss wrote:

"It has held up remarkably well all things considered. Obviously the wood wasn't treated back then so the exterior was in rough shape, but the house was structurally sound. To preserve the interior we essentially had to build a shell of HardiePlank over the old exterior, then we put storm windows over the original windows. The original roof was unrecoverable due to wear and leakage, so it was completely replaced. The basement is in unbelievably good shape considering that cement is a century old! It continues to be a really interesting project."

He continued to write, "We're going to start working on the oven as soon as we can figure out how to get it back in the kitchen. It's cast iron and weighs several hundred pounds. The staircase to the basement is very narrow and we have no clue how it got down there."

He will continue to post pictures once the interior is fully restored.

Photo: Little Things, Reddit

Man renovates grandparent's house, purchased in 1916.

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