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Do-It-Yourself, Homes Back in the Day…

The hour arrived. Dad gathered Mom and Sis and they hopped in the wagon with his brothers to ride off to the railroad station. They greeted the first shipment of their family’s brand-new DIY home. All the lumber was precut and arrived with instructions for dad and uncles to assemble and build their new home. Mom and Dad picked out the Do-It-Yourself home: the Osborne Model from Sears, Roebuck and Company’s catalog. It had three bedrooms plus a front porch and an interior bath; no outhouse. In just a few days the home was erected and soon after the whole family slept under the roof of their DIY custom-made Sears Modern Home.

And the Sears Catalog provided choices for all the other elements that make a house a home: windows, doors, cabinets, mirrors, siding, roofing material, wiring, plumbing supplies and more. The 1600-page Sears Catalog, the Home Depot/Lowes/Amazon of 100 years ago, shipped their orders to the front door of their new home.

More than 72,000 DIY custom homes were erected during the first half of the 1900’s. Over 350 Do-It-Yourself home models and many still stand proud today.

Do-It-Yourself, Homes Now…

Consolidated freight confirms with Dad that their home will arrive this afternoon. The Gleeson Model, 3 bedroom/2 bath, one of many FUN choices, perfectly engineered from Cold Formed Steel (CFS), lightweight and high-quality material that weighs less than wood and has many other advantages as modern steel framing material.
Unlike wood, steel doesn’t warp, expand or burn, walls are perfectly straight. Instead of hammers and nails, lightweight steel frame construction means working with screws and torque regulated screw guns. And instead of installing utilities by drilling through wood, FrameUpNow DIY kit home panels are pre-punched to accommodate electric and plumbing. Mom, Dad and brothers erect the frame of their home in only a few days.
Now that the Gleeson Do-It-Yourself home is framed and standing, Mom and Dad head to Home Depot and Lowes for roofing material, windows, doors, siding, and flooring. And Amazon will provide many of the finishing touches.


Choose the DIY house plan model that fits your needs and add FUN to your new home. Order today and a few weeks later the Do-It-Yourself home skeleton order arrives.


  • Steel frame is a building technique with a “skeleton frame” of vertical and horizontal steel, much like wood framing.
  • A DIY metal or steel frame kit house is a home where most of the major components, such as the framing, is prefabricated in a plant and then delivered to your site where it is assembled.
  • Add a steel frame shed or Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU)/casita for an easy way to add more room. 
  • Steel frame is a building technique with a “skeleton frame” of vertical and horizontal steel, much like wood framing.
  • Choose the home plan and FrameUpNow will ‘build’ the Cold-formed steel (CFS) frame for assembly.
  • FrameUpNow has several plans to choose from. Such as barndominium, farmhouse, modern farmhouse, guest cottage, garage.
  • Steel is one of the greenest eco-friendly construction materials. Due to its strength, you don’t need a lot to do the job. There is no waste created as there is when building with wood.
  • Use of components formed to length results in no production waste. 
  • Steel framing is the most weather resistant building material for high winds, earthquakes and overall durability.


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