Monthly Archives: July 2016


Mail Order Homes

CASE STUDY – from the Integral Files ………………

Between 1908 and 1940, Sears, Roebuck, & Company, Alladin Homes, the Hodgson Company, Montgomery Ward, Gordon-Van Tine, and T E Eaton Company sold more than 500,000 mail-order homes, barns, and multiple family apartment buildings. All were sturdy, inexpensive, and modern, including amenities such as indoor plumbing and electricity. This success was the result of many factors: houses in popular styles (some companies had more than 450 styles ranging from bungalow to mansion), a commitment to producing quality products at a reasonable price, timely deliveries, and easy-to-follow instructions for construction. Continue reading Mail Order Homes


Life Cycle for Residential Buildings


Some building components have a shorter life expectancy than the building as whole and wear out faster and more often. An average frame dwelling you will find in British Columbia has a general life expectancy of 55 years overall, at which time it should be updated. With normal maintenance, replacement of worn out components at the end of their projected life expectancy, and not leaving them until they stop working or performing their duty, a single family dwelling should last up to 175 years. Multifamily dwellings are shorter in life expectancy and do not last as long. Usually at age 55, the building needs to stripped of its finishes, features, etc. down to the bare bones and redesigned and refurbished to suit current needs. Continue reading Life Cycle for Residential Buildings