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on April 7, 2015
I was hoping to find a book that had some useful information on real kit homes that one can buy, right now, but this book is mostly lists of manufacturers of modular homes and homes plans companies. There are some useful sections for people who do not know anything about the steps of buying land and or building a home but the title is "Kit Homes" and that was what I was expecting. Good if you want a very broad perspective with 9 year old, out od date statistics and contact information. Not a lot of help if you really want to find a kit home to buy and build yourself..
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on May 3, 2010
I bought this book as a simple stepping off point for a build planned in the next 1-2 years. I have only briefly reviewed the book and have yet to fully read the entire thing.

From what I can see at first glance, there is a lot of information in here, some that you can get from your own research, others that I am sure will be of no value. It gives a little history and provides worksheets to help you calculate cost. I am sure these worksheets are available elsewhere, but the book is a nice reference. It provides plenty of contacts for different states and tells you what to look for when you are shopping for your new home. The book seems to be a good reference guide.
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on September 23, 2014
Very well researched; good information.
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on October 14, 2006
Other books on kit homes provide building specs for all levels of newcomer, but KIT HOMES: YOUR GUIDE TO HOME-BUILDING OPTIONS, FROM CATALOGS TO FACTORIES is different. It offers a look at low-cost options and designs, pairing these to a homeowner's specific wants and needs and showing how parts of the kit can be tweaked for budget and aesthetics. Directories of kit home publishers and suppliers are included, but the heart of KIT HOMES are its pages of details on getting the most from what's available throughout the industry.

Diane C. Donovan

California Bookwatch
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on April 30, 2007
My favorite part of this book is the first chapter, which gives a thorough and accurate history of Sears kit homes in particular and America's kit homes in general. And I'm delighted to report that the publisher allowed me to provide some input, factual date and photos, too.

The rest of the book is also well done with good quality photos, bright colors, handy layout and a writing style that makes the book easy-to-read and comprehend. The text is well written and makes reading both interesting and informational.

I can highly recommend this book, however...DON'T FORGET that it all started back in the early 1900s with Sears, Aladdin and Gordon Van Tine. Those were the first kit homes that swept America by storm.

Rose Thornton
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