Assembly Required: 15 DIY Kit Homes

For those who've always wanted to build their own home, the prospect may now be more realistic than ever, thanks to a new wave of kit homes.

  1. Contemporary Kit Homes

    Modular Construction

    Big or small, contemporary or traditional, kit homes are an intriguing alternative for homebuyers today. Most kit homes are designed to be swiftly assembled by even novice do-it-yourselfers, and the price per square foot runs as low as $20 (and as high as $400). We've pulled together some of our favorite kit homes, and the tour starts here!

  2. Stillwater Dwellings

    Efficient Kit House

    Contemporary design, premium materials, and sustainable building practices characterize modular kit homes from Stillwater Dwellings. They are fabricated with techniques that minimize construction waste, plus their insulation, tight seal, and high-efficiency space- and water-heating systems keep down energy consumption and costs. 


    $225 to $300 per square foot

  3. New Avenue

    LEED Kit House

    Custom kit homes from New Avenue come in a range of configurations, from small studio cottages to larger two-bedrooms with over 2,000 square feet. Most models use 90% less energy than a traditional home, exceeding the requirements for LEED Gold certification. 


    $225 to $400 per square foot

  4. Deltec

    Circular Kit House

    The circular layout plans of Deltec prefabricated kit homes result in distinctive, adaptable, and durable living structures. These unique buildings are shipped in pieces, and their panelized construction system particularly suits first-time homeowner-builders.


    $28 to $60 per square foot

  5. Shelter Kit

    DIY Kit Home

    According to the company, 85% of the homes purchased from Shelter Kit are built by people who have no prior experience. Standard styles are available, but you can also customize your own design with appealing options like porches and cathedral ceilings.

    $20 per square foot and up

  6. Shelterkraft Werks

    Shipping Container Kit Home

    Built from a repurposed shipping container, the CargoCottage kit home from ShelterKraft Werks takes inspiration from nautical interiors. Only 160 square feet of living space accommodates amenities, such as a galley kitchen, bathroom with integrated shower, sleeping nook and a combination dining/living area.

    Starting at $35,000

  7. Wood Joiners

    Carbon Positive Kits

    Wood Joiners practices the art of "vernacular architecture" and offers an array of building projects, all intended to create a positive carbon flow through the use of sustainably harvested wood. They can even help out with desks, trestle tables, cabinets and chairs to furnish interiors!

    $75 to $150 per square foot

  8. Bungalow in a Box

    Bungalow Kit Home

    Montsweag Brook Corporation's Bungalow in a Box relies on pre-cut, custom-designed small house kit components that are so easy to assemble, completion is possible within a matter of days. Sizes and styles range from the 12-by-16-foot "Studio" to the 16-by-24-foot "Madison Loft."

    $75 to $100 per square foot

  9. Small Home Oregon

    Rustic Kit Home

    Raw, natural-wood aesthetics are the hallmark of the small house kits from Small Home Oregon. Options include clear fir flooring, blue pine paneling, cedar siding and others. Due in large part to their scale and simplicity, these dwellings use far less energy than larger, more conventional homes.

    $125 per square foot and up

  10. Montana Mobile Cabins

    Log Kit House

    One-of-a-kind log-built Montana Mobile Cabins feature full front porches, rustic wood ceilings, and natural wood floors. Each kit home is custom-designed and handcrafted.

    $165 to $250 per square foot

  11. Tiny Green Cabins

    Portable Kit Home

    Available in several easily transportable sizes, the Tiny Green Cabin is a customizable steel- or wood-framed kit home that includes myriad eco-friendly details, from low-VOC paints and locally harvested lumber to recycled denim insulation. Solar panels and composting or sawdust toilets are optional.

    Starting at $25,000

  12. Summerwood

    Cabin Kit Home

    These customizable small house kits are available either pre-cut to save money or pre-assembled to save time. Cabins come standard with lovely features like red cedar siding and plenty of door and window options are available a la carte. Buyers can visualize their creations at the Summerwood Custom Design Center.

    $49 to $174 per square foot

  13. EZ Logs USA

    EZ Logs USA

    EZ Logs offers some of the best value in build-it-yourself kits for cabins and one- or two-story homes. The interlocking pieces are great for even novice DIYers. Once assembled, the smooth milled logs are ready for paint

    $34 to $65 per square foot

  14. Oregon Dome

    Oregon Dome

    Oregon Dome, Inc offers energy efficient dome kits for DIY builders who want an efficient home that is still airy and open. Built from Douglas fir, these domes can withstand winter storms and even earthquakes. A range of kits in different sizes can be customized to your needs and raised over a weekend.

    $100 per square foot

  15. Tortoise Shell Home

    Tortoise Shell Home

    Specializing in kit homes that you can tow wherever you go, Tortoise Shell Home offers green and sustainable homes like this bare Galapagos model, which is composed of 30% recycled materials and boasts an efficient gray water system.

    Starting at $4400

  16. Jamaica Cottage Shop

    Jamaica Cottage Shop

    The folks at Jamaica Cottage Shop offer a kit for their 16’ x 20’ Vermont cottage, a 'roll your own' residence that takes two people roughly 40 hours to construct. The interior can be outfitted a number of ways; a sleeping loft can be added for maximum efficiency.


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