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The History of Shell Homes

Remember Jim Walter Homes? Remember Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalog Homes?

The concept of shell home construction has been around for decades, but we have improved on it greatly by allowing you to use your own house plan (or one of ours if you prefer), and by giving you the choice to do as much or as little of the finishing as you'd like. Also, shell homes of the past had that cookie cutter look because you got a package deal. With our Shell Homes, it's custom all the way. We believe that we deliver a superior product in a beautiful Shell Home that you complete/finish yourself.

Learn more about shell homes of the past*:

JIM WALTER HOMES: Jim Walter homes were "shell" homes, meaning the company would complete the outside so that the house was water tight, then allow the customer to finish the inside with their own labor. The company would also sell most of the inside materials, including sheetrock, insulation, doors and carpet to the customer and include them in the purchase. The result was very affordable mortgage payments, usually for 20 years. The only requirement from the company was that the customer must own the land on which the house was constructed. During the 1970s and 1980s, when mortgage rates went as high as 15%, Jim Walter offered 10% financing with no money down.

Walter Industries, its parent, closed Jim Walter Homes in January 2009.

SEARS, ROEBUCK & CO. CATALOG HOMES: Sears Modern Homes were catalog and kit houses sold primarily through mail order by Sears, Roebuck and Company, an American retailer. Sears reported that more than 70,000 of these homes were sold in North America between 1908 and 1940. More than 370 different home designs in a wide range of architectural styles and sizes were offered over the program's 33-year history.

The last Sears Modern Homes catalog was issued in 1940.

*Source: Wikipedia

Jim Walter Homes van photo

The History of Shell Homes

Remember Jim Walter Homes? Remember Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalog Homes?

The concept of shell home construction has been around for decades, but we have improved on it greatly by allowing you to use your own house plan (or one of ours if you prefer), and by giving you the choice to do as much or as little of the finishing as you'd like. Also, shell homes of the past had that cookie cutter look because you got a package deal. With our Shell Homes, it's custom all the way. We believe that we deliver a superior product in a beautiful Shell Home that you complete/finish yourself.

Learn more about shell homes of the past*:

JIM WALTER HOMES: Jim Walter homes were "shell" homes, meaning the company would complete the outside so that the house was water tight, then allow the customer to finish the inside with their own labor. The company would also sell most of the inside materials, including sheetrock, insulation, doors and carpet to the customer and include them in the purchase. The result was very affordable mortgage payments, usually for 20 years. The only requirement from the company was that the customer must own the land on which the house was constructed. During the 1970s and 1980s, when mortgage rates went as high as 15%, Jim Walter offered 10% financing with no money down.

Walter Industries, its parent, closed Jim Walter Homes in January 2009.

SEARS, ROEBUCK & CO. CATALOG HOMES: Sears Modern Homes were catalog and kit houses sold primarily through mail order by Sears, Roebuck and Company, an American retailer. Sears reported that more than 70,000 of these homes were sold in North America between 1908 and 1940. More than 370 different home designs in a wide range of architectural styles and sizes were offered over the program's 33-year history.

The last Sears Modern Homes catalog was issued in 1940.

*Source: Wikipedia