The average construction time of Jim Walter homes was between 13 and 21 weeks. With most of the homes built in the southeastern portion of the United States, outdoor construction work on the sites could take place all year long.
Jim Walter Homes set off a building craze beginning shortly after World War II and lasting throughout the high-interest years of the 1970s and 1980s by building exterior “shells” of homes in several configurations and sizes and allowing the buyer to finish the interior. This business model reduced construction times and costs and made home ownership a reality for many people. Jim Walter Homes built more than 350,000 homes before its parent company, Jim Walter Industries, liquidated the company in 2009.