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Wall Street Journal Highlights Enduring Popularity of Lindal Kit Homes
LINDAL BUILDS ON PROMISE OF ORIGINAL KIT HOME COMPANIES
The kit home has a long history as a convenient, cost-effective way to build a home on a private lot. Over 100 years ago, the Sears Roebuck Company sold its first kit homes through North American catalog sales.
Sears discontinued its catalog business in the 1940s, and Lindal Cedar Homes essentially picked up where they left off. In 1945, Lindal began shipping kit homes to eager home-buyers worldwide. During the years following the end of WWII, Lindal secured a coveted position in the kit home business, catering to the huge demand from young families for efficient, affordable, and quality housing. Today, Lindal continues to lead the kit home market in terms of quality, scale, and options.
WHAT EXACTLY IS A KIT HOME?
A kit home consists of pre-cut materials for a home, either chosen directly from a catalog or customized for the home-owners’ build site and lifetstyle. The kit home package is delivered to the build site and assembled there. It includes the exterior materials for the home, but not the interior finishings, plumbing, or electricity.
The continued popularity of kit homes such as those offered by Lindal is due to several factors:
- A huge selection of styles and sizes.
- The relative ease of shipping to any build site worldwide in a compact container.
- Competitive pricing compared to building a custom home.
- The end result: A beautiful home that holds its value over time.
A reputation for endurance and elegance
In a recent Wall Street Journal article on the history of kit homes, Nancy Keates writes: “Once purchased, all of the parts—lumber, windows, cabinets, nails, paint and more—were shipped across the country for assembly on the customer’s lot.”
Keates acknowledges Lindal’s position as one of the largest and most successful kit home companies in business today:
“Lindal Cedar Homes, based in Washington state, has sold about 50,000 kit homes since 1945. The models start at about $100,000 and range in size from 700 square feet to 25,000 square feet. What has changed, says vice president of marketing Signe Benson, is that the younger clients now want modern instead of traditional designs. And most of her company’s customers hire contractors to build the homes. Bob Andreasen worked with Jan and Greg Buhler of Atlantic Custom Homes to build a 7,000-square-foot Lindal kit home as a vacation house for his daughters and grandchildren in Sheffield, Mass. He says the quality of the materials was better than he could source himself and the cost, at $220 a square foot for the finished product, was lower than a new custom home. The house took about seven months to build.”
a leader in custom kit home design & delivery
With hundreds of floor plans and home styles available, Lindal Cedar Homes works with clients throughout the world to design the home of their dreams, at a price they can afford, and built to last a lifetime.
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-By Jos Kannin
Marketing Director, Lindal Cedar Homes