Kit homes, also called catalog or mail-order homes, come shipped to your door in flat-packs with pre-cut (and often partially assembled) materials you can assemble yourself on your property. They first cropped up in North America in the first half of the 20th century, and they’re as popular as ever among folks seeking low-cost living on a small footprint—the structures start at truly tiny 60 square feet but can be as large as 1,000 square feet, with the majority falling somewhere near the middle. Kits make these dwellings especially DIY-friendly to build, usually including all instructions and materials (except for foundation materials and roof shingles), to boot. Big or small, contemporary or traditional, kit homes are an intriguing alternative for homebuyers today, so whether you have big dreams for a tiny house, office, or vacation retreat, click through for 14 of our favorite mail-order homes to find the one you love.
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