What it lacks in square footage, a tiny house more than makes up for in freedom of movement, lower expenses, and a smaller environmental footprint. We researched the top tiny house kits on the market, evaluating ease of assembly and maintenance, range of amenities, and overall value.
Our best overall pick is the 84 Lumber The Countryside Tiny Home, which is fully mobile and has luxe features like bamboo flooring, low-emissivity windows, and a dual-split HVAC system.
Here are the best tiny house kits.
Best Overall: 84 Lumber The Countryside
At 203 square feet, the Countryside is an oxymoron: a tiny house with lots of room. The layout includes a functional kitchen, a lofted bedroom that fits a Queen-sized mattress, and a bathroom with a compost toilet and a full-sized shower.
The outside of the house is clad in rustic wood paneling, and the cathedral ceilings provide a stunning Victorian aesthetic. Plus, the kit comes loaded with amenities that will make you feel right at home: an electric water heater, a ductless cooling and heating system, a raised bar area for you to eat or work at, and more.
The Countryside is even mobile. It’s built on a steel trailer with radial tires, safety brakes, and stabilizing jacks, meaning that you can take your home with you for a weekend getaway or for all of your lifelong travels.
Everything is made with 84 Lumber’s top-quality materials and comes at an affordable price. The figure varies, but the kit typically costs around $7,000—a fraction compared to semi-built or completely built tiny house options. Plus, building your own tiny home with a kit isn't as difficult as you might expect, and it allows you to customize every detail.
Runner-Up, Best Overall: Jamaica Cottage Shop Writer’s Haven
Jamaica Cottage Shop is a Vermont-based company that produces some of the sturdiest and most picturesque tiny houses on the market. The best among them is their Writer’s Haven. Don’t let the name fool you, though. This house isn’t just an artist’s getaway; it’s a true home.
With its unique, rustic design, the Writer’s Haven embodies all that is so great about tiny houses. It's a personal sanctuary that downsizes your life and brings you closer to what truly matters.
Made of top-grade Vermont lumber, the Writer’s Haven has translucent roofing and numerous windows, letting in a wash of natural light during the day and allowing you to see the stars at night. Inside, you’ll find a comfortable daybed, a work area, and plenty of open space to make your own. You can even purchase the kit in multiple sizes: 12 x 14, 12 x 18, and a whopping 24 x 36.
The price certainly varies, starting around $5,000 for the smallest size and working over $30,000 for the largest. But all the kits are pre-cut, numbered, color-coded, and stacked in order for quick and easy assembly.
Best Portable: 84 Lumber The Roving
This mobile beauty can accompany you on a weekend camping trip or become the pillar of your nomadic lifestyle. The Roving is a home on wheels, measuring 154 square feet and equipped with niceties like LED lighting, a compost toilet, a small fridge, and a working sink.
It will look cute on the go, too, as the outside is adorned with reclaimed wood, a peaked roof, and green shingling.
The layout is pretty straightforward: the downstairs is a single room that functions as both a kitchen and den, while “upstairs” is a lofted bedroom that fits a full-sized mattress.
The kit is smack-dab in the middle as far as price goes, but it’s a great value purchase if you factor in the steel trailer and radial tires that make it portable.
Best Cottage-Style: Jamaica Cottage Shop Vermont Cottage
No matter where you live, this line of tiny houses from Jamaica Cottage Shop will transport you to the lush hills and serene woodlands of New England. The company is based in Jamaica, Vermont, so you can trust that they have perfected the Vermont Cottage design.
You’re guaranteed to find the perfect setup, as the kits are available in three different layouts and each one can be ordered in three different sizes—16 x 20, 16 x 24, and 16 x 30.
All three cottages feature a charming one-room design with an open floor plan and a loft. Cottages A and C offer a front porch, ideal for peaceful reading or gathering with friends; Cottage B does away with the porch to provide extra space inside.
The pre-cut kits vary widely in price depending on the size and cottage design.
Best Garden House: Allwood Mayflower
With its rustic design and signature wagon shape, the Allwood Mayflower embodies the spirit of the American frontier. After a little DIY, it can become your new home office, yoga studio, guest house, or, best of all, the ultimate garden house.
The Mayflower is made from Nordic spruce and set atop wrought-iron wheels, further evoking a bucolic, bygone era. At 116 square feet, it’s cozy inside but not big enough to dwarf your garden or yard.
It can even work as a relaxing sunroom, perfect for reading or summer-time hanging, as the front side of the house has two large windows and a dual-pane glass door.
What to Look for in a Tiny House Kit
Before you press 'buy' on your dream tiny house, make sure you know where you're putting it first. The location of a tiny house matters a lot, as it affects the size, elevation, and utilities of the tiny home you pick. For example, you'll need a tiny home that can be modified for elevation if you're planning on placing it on a sloped lot, just like you'll need a smaller tiny home for a smaller lot.
Local building codes and standards are another huge consideration when looking for a tiny house kit. Depending on where you live, your municipality may have certain building codes your tiny home will need to adhere to, but these may be more flexible if your tiny home will qualify as an ADU. Likewise, your neighborhood may have certain standards or regulations about what can be built on your lot and what it must look like. Ensure you're able to follow these before you purchase a tiny home kit.
The type of tiny home you buy is also largely dependent on what you'll need it for. If you're only using the space for an office, you may not need a two-room unit or plumbing. But if you're hoping to use your tiny home as a guest house or AirBnB, you'll need to pick a kit with enough space and utility hook-ups.
Is it cheaper to buy or build a tiny home?
It is almost always cheaper to build a tiny home rather than buying a ready-made one, but building a tiny home from scratch also requires plenty of construction know-how. Tiny home kits are a nice middle ground—they still require some building experience, but they're more all-in-one and often minimize much of the prep work of building a tiny house from only a blueprint.
What does a tiny house kit include?
Tiny house kits typically include all the materials needed for the frame and exterior of the tiny home (its 'shell'), such as the lumber, roofing, windows, and doors. However, they typically don't include the tools needed to construct the home, and many don't include the interior finishings either, like the flooring, trim, or paint.
How much does a tiny house kit cost?
The price of tiny house kits can vary wildly depending on their features and size, but most tiny homes still cost far less than traditional ones. Smaller, more bare-bones tiny home kits can be found for around or under $5,000. However, larger homes that include interior finishings or built-in HVAC can be as much as $20,000. The price for your tiny home depends largely on what you need out of it.
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Derek Rose is a New York-based product writer for The Spruce who has been working for the brand since 2019. His work has appeared in Atwood Magazine and the Albany Times Union. Additional reporting was done by Rabekah Henderson, a freelance design and decor writer whose work has appeared on MyDomaine, Atomic Ranch, Cary Magazine, and American Farmhouse Style.