I remember the Sears kit houses. I remember them being fairly good quality and I also remember a day and age when the average American man with a common set of tools and knowledge could build it with the help of some equally average friends. Someone would know something about electrical, someone would know something about plumbing, just about everyone could man a saw or swing a hammer. And nobody was union. While $6000 was a substantial amount of money for the day, that house put together by licensed builders, plumbers and electricians would cost around $200000, depending on location. What happened to a nation of common sense, common skills, do-it-yourself Americans?