Kit Houses

What are Character-Defining Features and Why do they Matter?


Sears Modern Homes, 1927

Character-defining features are the physical details that give a building its distinctive character. As you plan maintenance, rehabilitation, and new construction projects, it is important to identify and preserve these features of your house.

While it’s helpful—and fun—to educate yourself about kit and plan-built houses, you may also have a gut feeling about what says “kit” about your house. For many people, it’s their compact designs, as well as porches, roof brackets, and door and window details.

Not only are these features integral to the history and character of your house, but together with other houses in a neighborhood, they create a cohesive streetscape.

Learn more about Character-Defining Features

Click on the hot spots on the Sears “Vallonia” model for more information about important features of a house.