01 of 08
Better, Faster and Affordable Ways to Build a Tiny House
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 totally affordable tiny house kits. Each one is designed to empower DIYers with little or no construction experience to build their first homes.Continue to 2 of 8 below.
02 of 08
Tiny House Kits Have Gone Mainstream
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, three models are available.
- The Roving is a rustic 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 porch.
- The... Degsy is a single-level contemporary home with less than 200 square feet of livable space.
The starting prices for a move-in ready dwelling ranges from $49,884 to $69,884.
For the budgeted minded, 84 Lumber offers two different DIY options.
The first is the semi-DIY package. 84 Lumber does all of the heavy construction that newbie builders find intimidating like framing. That means you can get crackalackin on the fun DIY stuff, like creating a feature wall. More on that in a few seconds. Prices start at $19,884.
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 and a materials list for finishing touches you can DIY like The Roving's reclaimed wood wall or The Shonsie's blue epoxy floor. FYI, 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
- Trailer that meets your tiny home's particular requirements
- Materials list. FYI, sourcing building supplies couldn't be easier because everything needed can be purchased at any 84 Lumber store.
- Technical support is also available.
FYI, financing is available. You can see more photos here.Continue to 3 of 8 below.
03 of 08
Yep, You Can DIY This Charming Cottage
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 DIY dwelling based on your needs and budget.
Here'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. You can view the option pricing table here.
- Every item in the kit from fastening hardware to precut panels are color coded and clearly labeled 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.Continue to 4 of 8 below.
04 of 08
This Backyard Cottage is a Cinch to Assemble
Shelter in a Day is a 144 square foot structure designed to provide emergency housing. But you can use it as a cabin or backyard retreat
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. It's so easy to assemble that four able-bodied adults can get the job done in a single afternoon.
A few more good to knows:
- Windows and door have locks
- Pa...intable waterproofing for the roof costs extra
- Shelters can be enlarged using an extension kit sold in 4-foot increments for $950
- You'll need to place your tiny house on either a concrete, paver stone, gravel or mud brick foundation.
How much does this tiny house kit cost? You can order one on Close to Home for $4,999. Got questions? You can email or call the folks at Close to Home. They specialize in matching DIYers with house kits based on skill set.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
05 of 08
You Build This Cabin in a Weekend
A professionally built tiny house on average costs $70,000. 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 DIYing so appealing. If you have expert building skills, you can create a livable home for a fraction of the cost.
But what if you're a semi-skilled DIYer with zero construction experience? Check out Arched Cabins. They manufacture affordable kits that you and a friend can assemble in just 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 $35 per linear foot.
Keep in mind, Arched Cabins does not offer electrical and plumbing packages. You can learn more about their tiny house kits here.Continue to 6 of 8 below.
06 of 08
Tumbleweed Barn Raiser Makes House Building Easier
There's nothing like a stick built home. Tumbleweed House's Barn Raiser, is a handcrafted tiny house shell on a trailer that can save DIYers more than 200 hours of build time. A no-frills package costs $16,000.
Here's what you get:
- Either a Cypress, Elm, Linden or Mica tiny house shell placed on a trailer
- Fully insulated subfloor
- Stick built walls with vapor barrier
- Stick built roof with rain and ice shield
Additional features such as windows, doors, siding and a shower cost extra. Another good to... know, financing is available. You can learn more here.Continue to 7 of 8 below.
07 of 08
Downsize Luxuriously? Yes Please!
Just because you're downsizing, doesn't mean you can't live luxuriously large with a small footprint.
You may have heard about Tiny Heirloom. They create tiny custom homes that embrace the minimal lifestyle without forgoing indulgent features like claw foot tubs, or tricked-out kitchens. Recently they announced their latest offering, a house kit called The Perfect Start for DIYers who want to minimize luxuriously without the custom-built price tag.
What do you get with each kit? For... additional details, take their survey.Continue to 8 of 8 below.
08 of 08
Remember the Half/Half House?
Back in 2015, Monarch Tiny Homes debuted their tiny house kit called The Half/Half House. We share all the DIY goodness here.