Sterling System Homes

1916 kit homes by International Mill & Timber

1916 Sterling Kit House

Sterling Kit Home - The Heather

Like Aladdin, Sterling System Homes were built in Bay City, Michigan on the shores of Lake Huron. The Michigan timber industry coupled with the port made the location ideal for the kit home business which was pioneered by Aladdin and Sears.

Sterling System Homes manufactured by International Mill and Timber were architect-designed and reflect the most popular styles of the day including Craftsman-style bungalows, Colonial Revival style homes including the popular Dutch Colonial, as well as tiny cottages like the Heather model shown on this page and modular styles designed to be expanded as finances allowed.

Like its competitors, International Mill and Timber shipped by rail, but had the advantage of shipping by boat as well. They sought to distinguish themselves from the competition by offering their homes for 50% down with the remainder to be paid over two years at just under 2% interest. Unfortunately, a stressed economy in the early 1920s and some bad loans combined to force the company into bankruptcy. It was reorganized and continued building homes until the 1960s.

For more house plans and kit home information, see vintage Sterling House Plans by International Mill & Timber at Antique Home.

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