America's Oldest Net Zero Solar House

by DIY Maven

America's Oldest Net Zero Solar House

(Image credit: Matt Grocoff)

Matt and Kelly accomplished their mission: To make their historic Ann Arbor home net zero. What does that mean? Well, besides it meaning they own the oldest net zero residence in the U.S., it ALSO means they'll never have another utility bill ever again.

created at: 11/22/2010
 

(The Gauss House circa 1913. Image credit: Matt Grocoff.)

Located in the Ann Arbor Historic District, the 110 year old 'All-American folk-Victorian' has been...

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Vintage Sears Mail-Order Homes

by DIY Maven

created on: 09/29/08

Ordering a home out of a catalog might seem odd, but back in the day, it was a very popular practice. After perusing Sears’s on-line archives of homes offered by mail-order from 1908 to 1940, complete with floor plans, I think Sears should resurrect the catalog home. Of course, their advertized prices would be a bit higher. For instance, Model No. 187 (circa 1913) pictured above sold for $1,273, which included, according to the original catalog...

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