7 Totally Doable DIY Tiny House Kits

  • 01 of 08

    Better, Faster and Affordable Ways to Build a Tiny House

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    Tiny Heirloom

    Imagine the joy, pride, and heck yeah bragging rights that come with building your very own tiny house. 

    But the reality is, creating one from scratch can be a tall order for first-time builders — unless you know about these seven entirely doable and relatively affordable tiny house kits. Each one is designed to empower do-it-yourselfers with little or no construction experience to build their own homes.

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  • 02 of 08

    84 Lumber

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    84 Tiny Living

    Wouldn't it be convenient if you could buy a tiny house kit at your local hardware store? Well, you can, if you live near 84 Lumber. The national home improvement retailer recently launched a line of tiny houses on wheels that you could either build yourself or buy move-in ready. Currently, four models are available:

    • The Roving is a rustically inspired dwelling with 154 square feet of living space.
    • The Shonsie is a modern cottage with 160 square feet of interior space and a picturesque front...MORE porch.
    • The Degsy is a single-level contemporary home with less than 200 square feet of livable space.
    • The Countryside (shown above) is 203 square foot rustic abode covered with reclaimed wood.

    The price for a move-in ready dwelling starts at around $50,000.

    For the budget minded, 84 Lumber offers two different DIY options.

    First is the semi-DIY package. 84 Lumber does all of the heavy construction that newbie builders find intimidating like framing the structure. That means you can get crackalackin on the fun DIY stuff, like creating a feature wall. 

    Each semi-DIY package comes with the following:

    • A tiny house shell placed on a custom trailer. If you're not in the know, a "shell" is a home with a finished exterior and an unfinished interior. This one comes equipped with windows, exterior doors, and a shower.
    • The architectural blueprints including a materials list for finishing touches you can DIY. So that you know, all materials are available at 84 Lumber. 

    The second option is the build your own package. Prices start at $6,884, and kits come with the following:

    • Building plans. 
    • A trailer for towing.
    • Materials list.
    • Technical support.

    FYI, financing is available.

    Related: 9 Best Small Camper Trailers

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  • 03 of 08

    Jamaica Cottage Shop

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    Jamaica Cottage Shop

    Rookie building mistakes happen. The thing is, a costly blunder can sabotage your construction budget or worse, torpedo your tiny house dream. But what if there was a do-it-yourself solution that goof proofed the DIY process?

    Jamaica Cottage Shop created a line of cottage and cabin kits that their founder Domenic Mangano says anyone who can use a hammer can put together. Even better, each DIY package is made to order so you can customize your future dwelling based on your needs and budget.

    Here'...MORE;s what you need to know:

    • Each basic kit includes everything you need to build a tiny house with an unfinished interior.
    • Insulation, plumbing and electrical packages cost extra.
    • Custom interior options like flooring and built-in storage are also available a la carte.
    • Every item in the kit from fastening hardware to precut panels are color-coded and labeled clearly for fast assembling.
    • Two adults with beginner-level carpentry skills can put together a basic kit in approximately 40 hours.

    If you get stumped during the building process, technical support is available via their toll-free phone line. 

    The kit for the Apple Blossom cabin shared above starts at $14,900. FYI, Jamaica Cottage Shop offers free shipping across the U.S.A. and Canada.

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  • 04 of 08

    Shelter in a Day

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    Shelter in a Day

    Shelter in a Day is a 144 square foot structure that you can build in a day. The kit costs $4,999.

    Each kit comes with precision cut components crafted from durable MDF that's not only waterproof but also rust and termite resistant. All of the pieces snap together using a patented tool free interlocking system. Keep in mind; you'll need to place this tiny house on a solid foundation like a concrete slab.

    More things you should know:

    • The door and windows have locks.
    • Paintable waterproofing...MORE for the roof costs extra.
    • Shelters can be enlarged using an extension kit sold in 4-foot increments for $950.

    Related: 16 Epic She Sheds and He Sheds

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  • 05 of 08

    Arched Cabins

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    Arched Cabins

    A professionally built tiny house on average costs $85,000. While most are tricked out with features that make them worth every penny, most people (myself included) can't afford them. That’s what makes building it yourself so appealing. If you have expert construction skills, you can create a livable home for a fraction of the cost. 

    But what if you're a semiskilled do-it-yourselfer? Say hello to Arched Cabins. They manufacture affordable kits that you and a friend can assemble in just...MORE one weekend. 

    Cabins packages are available in a wide range of sizes. A basic package for a 12-ft-by-32-ft structure that provides 384 square feet of living space costs less than $6,000. 

    Each kit includes:

    • Pre-cut components including floor plates, ridge beam, roof paneling and fasteners for assembling.
    • Standard R-13 insulation.

    Additional features are available a la carte. For example, if you don’t have a concrete foundation for your tiny house, you can purchase a block and beam foundation for around $35 per linear foot. 

    So that you know, Arched Cabins does not offer electrical and plumbing packages.

    Related: 7 Tiny House Hotels for Fun-Size Vacations

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  • 06 of 08

    Tumbleweed Tiny Houses

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    Tumbleweed Tiny Houses

    The Barn Raiser by Tumbleweed Tiny Houses is a handcrafted tiny house shell on a trailer that can save DIYers more than 200 hours of build time. A no-frills package starts at around $16,000.

    Here's what you get: 

    Additional house features including windows, doors, siding and a shower cost extra. Financing is...MORE available.

    Related: 18 Small Cabins You Can DIY or Buy for $300 and More

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  • 07 of 08

    Tiny Heirloom

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    Tiny Heirloom

    Just because you're downsizing, doesn't mean you can't live luxuriously large with a small footprint.

    Wait, what? 

    Tiny Heirloom is a custom home building company that embraces the minimal lifestyle without forgoing indulgent features like claw foot tubs, or tricked-out kitchens. Their latest offering, is a tiny house kit called The Perfect Start for DIYers who want to minimize luxuriously without the custom-built price tag. Packages, which include a tiny house shell start at $15,000.

    Re...MORElated: 9 Candy-Colored Tiny Houses That are Almost too Adorable

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  • 08 of 08

    Remember the Half/Half House?

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    Monarch Tiny Homes

    Recently, Monarch Tiny Homes debuted their tiny house kit called The Half/Half House. We share all the DIY goodness here. 

    Related: How Much Does a Tiny House Really Cost?