I had a contract, maybe 12 years ago, to take out a wall, put in a load-bearing beam, build a new staircase and leave the wall open so it could be seen. The staircase looked real nice, my ex-wife has the pictures, I'll never see them again. Anyway, Many of the framing members were marked "Sears and Roebuck and Co." The house was 1 block from the railroad tracks in that tiny community. Since then, I have found 3 more in other areas. They were apparently pretty common.
My little farm house was a square 32x32 box then a previous owner added a little over half again to it on one end making it close to 1600sqft. Then they divided the land and sold the farm off around around it. I bought it 5 years ago, I've outgrown it, of course. We're going to put an upstairs in it within the next year or two. That should add another 700 to 800 sqft for us to outgrow.
Tom in KY, accumulator of junk on top of junk.HA-HA-Ha-ho-hum.
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