Kit Homes in Idaho

On a recent trip to Idaho, I took a day to search for kit homes. I found a handful of Pacific Ready Cut Homes (a regional company based in Los Angeles), but despite 200 miles of driving around Boise, Nampa, Caldwell and nearby areas, I only found this one little Sears...

Keeping Children in Their Place

Several years ago when I was a freelance writer, I was asked to do a feature story on the Foursquare housing style, which is so prevalent in the Midwest (and was also a popular style for Sears Homes. My editor said I needed to get into a few houses and take plenty of...

GE Monitor Top Refrigerators

In the 1930s, The “Monitor-top Refrigerator” quickly became one of General Electric’s most popular appliances. Its design was based on a sound principle and a highly efficient plan: The compressor sat atop the fridge, and heat extracted from the...