Our home is a 1909
The homeowner would order the custom cut lumber, shingles, flooring, millwork, cabinetry, lath from Sears. Electrical and plumbing supplies could also be ordered. We live in the Maytown model.
We are only the third homeowners of our house. The family who built it passed it on to their son who lived here until the early 1990's. At that time the house was missing most of its paint and was very rundown inside and out. The son was physically and mentally disabled. I didn't know that at the time, but I remember watching the house fall into disrepair, and seeing the very old occupant walking veeerrrryyyy slowly around the place.
One very hot July a neighbor became concerned because he hadn't seen the old man for several days. The fire department was called, the front door broken in with a fire hatchet. It turned out that the old man had gone to stay at the Y for a few days to beat the heat.
Meanwhile, the house was found to be without functional plumbing, and a terrible filthy mess. It was condemned, fumigated and auctioned off. Most of the old (antique) furniture was loaded into a dumpster and carted away.
I attended that auction!!
Our house was purchased and then repaired by an antiques dealer. An addition was put on.
Fast forward 13 years - I noticed that the house was for sale, and there was an open house scheduled! My husband said, "Ok, we'll go, but I fully expect to be unimpressed." (We were NOT looking to move - there's the danger of attending open houses.)
I fell in love with the house. We moved in. Since then we've replaced the (original) furnace, painted everything inside and almost all of it outside, replaced the wiring, added AC and completed other projects.