Though not able to achieve the success that preceded WWII, many kit home companies continued to produce middle of the market designs created specifically for the budget-minded home buyer.
Small, conventional house plans reflected the average consumer's desire for what they expected in a middle-class home. By the early 1960s, the average home had increased in size to a whopping 1200 square feet. In that majestic footprint, the homeowner often expected three bedrooms and possibly a bath and a half. An L-shaped open living room with a dining ell adjacent to the kitchen was a typical layout. The kitchen most desired by homemakers included an eat-in kitchen with a separate dining space.
Sterling Homes offered all the standard amenities at an affordable price. The 1962 catalog with a small number of new plans, however, wasn't enough to prevent the inevitable decline of the company's kit home market. Few changes were made between the 1956 catalog and subsequent catalogs produced before the company finally folded in 1971.
For more information about the history of International Mill & Timber as well as some cool 1916 home plans, see Antique Home & Style.
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