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!
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Contemporary Kit Homes
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
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
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
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
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
Bungalow in a Box
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
Small Home Oregon
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
Montana Mobile Cabins
Tiny Green Cabins
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
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
EZ Logs USA
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
Tortoise Shell Home
Jamaica Cottage Shop
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