You might think that DIY tiny homes that you order online are the latest real estate trend, but that’s actually far from the case.
Between 1908 and 1940, the Sears, Roebuck and Company catalog featured a section called “Sears Modern Homes”, in which a person could purchase a well-equipped home starting at about $452. These homes can still be found all over the continental United States, although they are more common on the East Coast. These mail order houses came in a kit that could be easily assembled by the homeowner and his family, and which featured all the modern day comforts of the time, such as central heating, indoor plumbing, and electricity.
According to NPR, between 70,000 and 75,000 people ordered houses from Sears this way by 1940.