In response to my post about the old 'farm cottage' homes here, Red mentioned buying a house in a kit from a catalog. In fact my grandparents did just that when they retired. For 30+ years, right through the Depression, they ran the general store in Kilsyth, a few miles west of here. That's where my dad grew up. When they retired they bought another property in the village, a small old home with a huge garden and a small barn.
They ordered a simple small house from Eaton's catalog, not unlike the homes in my previous post, but with out the roof dormer, and built it on the front of the little old cabin that was already there. This is the home that I remember visiting as a child. I loved the big raspberry patches in the garden!
I had an elderly aunt who never married and lived with my grandparents all her life. She lived a lot longer than they did, so she's the one I remember best. She was the postmistress in the general store, and when they moved kept a small flock of chickens in the small barn. If I was lucky I'd get to go and help her collect the eggs.
I have a lot of deep memories of that old house in Kilsyth. And when my aunt finally died, and the house had to be sold, Mrs. F.G. and I, in between grad school and my first job, got to go and live in that house for s summer, keeping it looking good while it was up for sale. It was perhaps the best summer of our lives.
Meanwhile, to keep you amused, here are some pix from the street.