Sears Roebuck & Co. – 1934 Lien on the Property

Most have heard of the Sears Kit Home, the mail-order complete house that arrived by crates with blueprints – but few know that there were many other options you could order from Sears as well….like a Porch!

From previous owner’s recollection, her father ordered this 7 years after construction, it arrived on the street and he built this onto the rear himself. Amazing to consider that 2429 and the 4 clones to the north only had 2 entry doors, while this one has four! The kitchen door and basement door directly underneath are not part of the original design. Still fantastic shape some 83 years later.

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Original Drop-In Screens – True Survivors


Not many people realize how the bugs were kept out in the warmer months when the seasonal storm windows were removed, because almost none of these drop-in screens even exist anymore. Well, this house has the complete set.

Many of the ‘tongues’ you might see still nailed to the window frame with tiny brads, usually loaded with decades of paint. These are stored in the basement, simply in need of painting and optionally, fresh screening material. Such a simple design, either lap-joint or mitered corners, they could easily be replicated for any Bungalow with original storm windows.

The real story of the ‘copper’ filagree on gutters

Going to the point-man for all things paint, Rick of Paulson’s Paint, Forest Park, is the guru for these matters. I wanted a simple paint to emulate the aged copper colors, and instead he put on a live performance with Pitt-Tech’s Bronze-tone, a stellar bare-metal paint, followed by a Ben Moore teal color in glazing. It’s important to note that the metal must be washed with a heavy abrasive Scotch-Brite pad in TSP, and hosed down.

One could go as heavy or light on the green as desired, using horizontal strokes back and forth. Our only fear now is theft! ­čÖé

A marvelous day! Removal of the aluminum…

This was a terrific moment, when we realized that NONE of the precious beadboard under the sheet metal was painted. Well over half of the Bungalows endured painting during the 2nd half of their lives, the Mid-Century era of sweeping renovations. Luckily this home was spared such a fate, and the Douglas Fir boards remained intact, perhaps tired and dry if nothing else.

A few light coatings of Linseed Oil & Turpentine solution over some light spot-staining took care of that to ensure solidity for the next decade…

New Limestone shelves!

For the 3 new slabs we turn to Crawford Materials on north Pulaski/Palmer. ┬áMeasurements were taken from existing homes nearby to match the specs and thickness. Will take a few years to develop that awesome ‘patina’ but these should outlast the lifespan of anyone reading this post…