Sears Catalog Homes (Oct. 19th)

On Thursday October 19th at 7:00pm, we will feature a program about Sears Mail Order Catalog Homes. Please contact the Library if you wish to sign up for the program.

General merchandise mail order catalogs were established in the 1880’s, offering a wide variety of goods to the rural market. House plan books appeared at about the same time. In 1906 a combination of these two marketing techniques first came on the scene–mail order houses. Sears Roebuck is the best known of all the companies that sold mail order homes, although Aladdin Company was the first in the business. We will learn the history of mail order homes and view images of homes manufactured by the eight major producers.

Visit our first floor display featuring books on home remodeling and building improvement projects, tips, and advice. If you’re looking for more books like this, please visit our non-fiction section in the 684’s and 690’s.

The Handbuilt Home – Ana White
Beds, organizers, Adirondack chairs, a play table, and more! It’s easy to build inexpensive, quality furnishings with this indispensable collection of woodworking projects from Ana White, the popular blogger who has inspired millions of homemakers with her stylish furniture plans and DIY spirit.

The Good House Book – Clarke Snell
To create a dwelling that’s both ecologically sustainable and attractive, Natural Home magazine is the place to go. With this exquisitely illustrated guide, packed with 400 photos and illustrations, anyone can put environmentally friendly ideas into beautiful practice.

Building Additions (Fine Homebuilding Magazine)
Through an eye-catching combination of text, illustration, and photos, the authors of Fine Homebuilding magazine reveal the decisions, design ideas, and construction details involved in completing a wide range of home additions.

Built-In Furniture – Jim Tolpin
Built-in furnishings are generally less expensive to build than stand-alone furniture of the same type and size. They give you great latitude in designing the look and function of your interior spaces. And, because of the manner in which built-in furnishings are constructed, you can maximize the use of the most unusual spaces while creating an effective and aesthetically pleasing design solution.

Deck Designs – Steve Corey
Created for both the do-it-yourselfer and the those who wish to work with a professional to achieve the ideal deck, this book is divided into two main sections. The first provides basic design instruction on building a deck. The second part of the book takes an in-depth look at the work of five of the country’s most successful deck builders.

-Claire

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