It seems like a wild new trend to be able to buy a home kit and have it delivered to you, but in fact, Sears used to make the same type of kits in the first two decades of the 20th century.
While they stopped in about 1940, you can find beautiful Sears kit homes all over the country, many of them Arts & Crafts style.
So, really, Amazon is just reinventing a century-old tradition.
While we’re not sure the current tiny houses are going to offer up the same durability, they do come in a range of sizes and with amenities from marble countertops to lofted ceilings.
However, there have also been critics of the structures, since most people think they’re too expensive, too hard to build, don’t come with the necessary amenities to bring them up to code, and do nothing to solve the housing crisis.
We’ve found 30 of the coolest homes you can buy with just a click on Amazon.com, but it’s up to you to decide if they’re really all that practical.
If you want to visit the website (though not all models are currently in stock), you can click on the “Amazon.com” link below the photos.
Sometimes it’s worth it just to read the reviews from people who clearly didn’t buy one but are looking for a laugh (or enjoy the thought of building one to house their in-laws).
1. Weizhengheng 20ft/40ft Expandable Container House with Solar Energy
A galvanized steel frame and a solar unit on the roof make this very tiny structure good for a few things, although perhaps not for permanent living.
It runs for a whopping $36,800.00+ $1,000 shipping (guess there’s no Prime member discount there!) and the company says the fire and windproof structure can be used as accommodation, or even an office, dormitory, camp, toilet, bathroom, shower room, changing room, school, classroom, library, shop, booth, kiosk, meeting room, canteen, guard house, etc.
2. ECOHOUSEMART Timber Frame House/Lounge Kit
We love the bright and airy feel of this 1000 square foot structure, although that kind of space hardly qualifies it as a “tiny house.”
This is also one of the rare structures that include only the bare minimum of materials, so there are no windows, doors, roofing, or flooring materials included.
Most of these houses don’t have roofing tiles or foundations, but we were at least hoping for windows since that seems to be the key feature of this model.
3. Lillevilla Getaway Cabin Kit with Loft
This adorable 292 square foot log cabin is actually more of a storage shed considering its lack of amenities.
While it’s not in stock right now it’ll run you about $19,000 and could take up to two months to build.
Then, you’ll have to add your own roof, insulation, plumbing, and electric.
4. Goshen Timber Frames Cabin Kit
There’s not a lot we know about this timber-framed house although the sellers seem eager to answer questions for potential buyers online.
We do know that the ceilings are 8’6″ and many of the features can be customized. But again, you’ll need to purchase everything that’s not the simple structure and walls separately.
This picture happens to be of a customer model that likely represents a best case scenario.
5. Allwood Eagle Point Cabin Kit
Hey, free shipping!
That is after you pay the $46,000 it costs for this home kit.
And we get the price, it’s pretty big at 1108 Sqf (712 square feet downstairs + 396 square feet upstairs). But you’ll have to put in your own foundation, plumbing, etc.
They recommend its use for recreation, a stand-alone retail space, an office, or a hybrid home/business.
Sounds like a lot of work, but we’re a sucker for free shipping.
6. Allwood Sunray House
Allwood’s Sunray model looks like a great place to go to get a ton of natural light.
This is the kind of structure that makes people wonder if they could truly build their own homes.
It runs for $8,890 and even comes with beloved free shipping (though it’s not eligible for Amazon Prime, so it won’t be showing up for at least 3-5 weeks).
At 162 square feet, we can see it as a man cave or a she shed, though the company has loftier goals that indicate it could be a lake/beach house, “an elegant guest house,” or a small cafe.
7. Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit
As you can see, Allwood seems to be Amazon’s most popular purveyor of Nordic wood tiny houses (or, well, tiny house frames).
This one is charming too, even though it’s just a rendering (but you can click the link below the pics to go to the site).
This model is 540 square feet, which is just large enough to feel like you could stick an in-law in there if you don’t want them living in your home. And it’s even set up to house a bathroom and kitchen – although none of the accouterments you’d need to build them come with it.
So just tell your mother-in-law to bring her own plumbing. She’ll love that.
This model runs $32,990.00 but does include free shipping. But we imagine making it liveable will run at least another $30,000, so depending on where you live, you may find an already built house even cheaper.
8. Allwood Arlanda Garden House
Billed as “the ideal home office” this 146 square foot structure and its modern facade are appealing to anyone who wants a home office (or a place to hide) in their own backyard.
The large windows let in a ton of natural light, so you’ll want to put it somewhere private (or with a great view).
The company assures customers that “only minimal tools are needed,” but if you have a 3rd party put it together, tack on an addition $600 and up.
It includes all the necessary materials except roof shingles and foundation materials (which seem like they might be important – though most kits don’t come with them).
Oh, and in case you were thinking of any of these as a place to watch the snow fall, they don’t come with insulation. Being warm costs extra.
9. EZ Log Structures Verona
Running 15 x 19 feet, this multi room 285 square foot structure (which does not come painted turquoise) could make a great pool house.
It costs $18,500 from an independent seller who will also charge $3,966.49shipping and $1,295.00 estimated tax, so it starts to sound like a lot for a wooden box that you have to assemble yourself.
10. ECOHOUSEMART Timber Frame Home
Like so many tiny houses, we love the idea of it once we see it all painted and landscaped.
While the total floor area is 1,409 square feet, some of that is the small outside porch you see.
There’s also a longer list of what it doesn’t include than what it does. On the list of things lacking: foundation (which is typical), windows, doors, siding, insulation, and flooring materials.
11. WNC Tiny Homes Jackson Tiny Home
There is a dedicated space to put a bathroom in this 119 square foot home, which the company thinks “provides a great alternative for housing family and friends who come to for an extended visit.”
The company will also provide a blueprint for you if you want to tell them where you plan to put electrical and plumbing.
And what shows up at delivery includes windows, doors, floor decking, roof decking, framing for the walls (if you choose to have it divided into rooms instead of one large area), locks, nuts, bolts, screws, and very detailed instructions.
12. Weizhengheng Expandable Home
This steel structure will cost you $57,200.00+ $1,133 shipping, but at least they’ve tried to make the walls as sound proof as possible.
For an extra fee, the company will tailor the house to your specifications and this two-bedroom, 1 bath house is one of the rare models that include things like fly screens, a fireproof security front door, laminated timber kitchen cabinets, countertops, a sink, a dual flush toilet, a shower room, a vanity bowl, and bathroom cabinets.
It even has a towel rail in the bathroom.
13. Cedarshed Farmhouse
One seller is offering this “farmhouse” for $9,323.00 + $652.61 estimated tax and free shipping, so get on it quick if you need a 20ft x 14ft wooden structure.
Clearly meant for backyard use, the rustic structure is pretty much a shed, though the company says it can be used as a guest room (note, not guest house), game room, or office.
It also has 5′ wide doors to store larger items and a 4′ deep porch in case you like to sit outside your shed and contemplate…well, whatever.
You can also build the home with ordinary household tools and no cutting is required. And if we’re reading the description correctly, you might not get walls inside, but you do get decorative shutters and planter boxes on the outside, so you really can enjoy porch life.
14. EZ Log Structures’ Enzo House
We love the inspirational customer photo included with this house, which clearly involves a porch extension, extra steps, and some serious skill to build on a hill.
The basic model will cost $7,995 + $1,363.49shipping+ $559.65 estimated tax and does not include the steep hill, which is great because it’s billed as an easy DIY weekend project.
Recommended as a hobby shed or storage area, you get 8 feet of headspace and 189 square feet of open space to do whatever hobbies don’t belong in the main house.
15. ECOHOUSEMART Laminated Log House Kit
It seemed worthwhile to include at least one very large house on this list of online kits, just to note that you can, in fact, hearken back to the Sears kit days and buy 2900 square feet of house and have it delivered to you.
With 2 floors, 4 bedrooms, and 3 baths, this provides more space than most American houses.
While the sellers insist the instructions are good and everything is labeled well, they will – for a fee – try to help you find a qualified assembler in your area or assemble it on a foundation you’ve built.
While it’s not available at the moment, we’re definitely curious about the price since the word “glued” appears in a lot of the items on the materials list.
16. EZ Log Structures Nice
You can paint the Nice kit whatever color you want, and it won’t even take long since the structure is a mere 237 in. x 118 in. x 104 in.
The price – $8,200.00 + $1,266.99shipping+ $574.00 estimated tax – seems a little steep for a storage shed, but it does have some great floor to ceiling windows in case you want people to see what’s in there.
While there are no roofing or flooring materials included, you can pick those out once you decide if it’s going to be a see-through storage shed or a fancier garden pool house.
17. Saracen Outdoors Timber House
This house is actually made of two shipping containers, and the interior is pretty amazing (if you can get it to look that way).
At $75,000 you’ll be relieved to know that shipping is free.
It does come with the staircase, thankfully, as well as the “plumbing basics” that you’ll need to connect.
This 50 foot long, 16 foot wide, 19.2 foot high home has a living room, kitchen, office room, and restroom on the ground floor as well as a living room and two bedrooms and a bathroom on the top floor.
18. Allwood Almstad
$5,490 + tax will get you this tiny but modern 116 square foot structure.
Just remember that what’s it’s built on in this rendering is not included (foundations are generally up to the owner), but the extra foundation and roof shingles you need should each be under $200.
If the company is to be believed (and it really believes in you), it can be assembled by two adults in a mere 8 hours.
19. Allwood Claudia Garden House
“Spacious yet cozy” is how Allwood describes this 209 square foot model.
The cottage style cabin is not meant to be a permanent residence but perhaps a pool house or even a temporary guest house.
Just get your $8,450.00 + tax ready and you’re good to go. Shipping is free!
20. Allwood Timberline Cabin
For $34,900 + tax, you can have this house with an inside floor area of 354 square feet and a 129 square foot loft.
It comes with pre-hung and glazed doors and windows as well as pre-assembled gables, but everything else is up to you – including finding those cute red roofing tiles.
21. Allwood Arlanda XXL Studio Cabin
273 square feet hardly seems XXL to us, but considering the size of some of these structures, we know it could be much smaller. However, with this model the porch makes up some of the space, so the real interior square footage is a mere 338 square feet.
That’s what $10,895 + tax will buy you these days!
Its modern look also makes it ideal to “set up on rooftops of multi story buildings,” according to the manufacturer.
22. Allwood Mayflower
Allwood’s Mayflower model is 117 square feet of adorble on wheels, making it exempt from permit requirements in most states.
At $7,790 + tax, you can’t actually pull it anywhere though. The wheels are purely cosmetic.
23. Bantam Built Tiny House on Wheels
This RV travel trailer is the perfect option for those who want a home you really can move around. No more pouring your own foundations with this kit.
The only issue is that it’ll run you $49,995 + $1,754.49shipping+ $3,499.65 estimated tax.
But it does come assembled!
24. WNC Tiny Homes Alexander
This hefty 3-room home costs $25,422 + $362.99shipping+ $1,779.54 estimated tax, but it’s marketed towards people who want to shuttle off family members to their backyards.
In the end, it might might be a small price to pay for the “perfect haven where an adult child can live independently outside the home” or “a mother-in-law suite…offering both you and them a place for privacy.”
25. Titan Park Model RV
At 12 x 36 feet, this 1-bedroom, 1-bath, 399 square foot RV is perfect for the person (or couple) hoping to downsize.
With an upsized price of $64,900 + $4,800shipping+ $4,543 estimated tax, it might only feel like a bargain if you’re in an area with a high cost of living, but it does include washer and dryer hookups as well as kitchen cabinets, appliances, and all bathroom fixtures.
All you need to do is furnish it.
26. WNC Tiny Homes Brunswick
With 3 rooms and an inner dimension of 18’10” x 12′10″ this structure seems like a bargain at $8,134 + $2,271.99shipping+ $569.38 estimated tax.
While it’s really best used as a storage shed, it does have a cute little loft space.
27. Saracen Outdoor Two Story Eco Friendly Wooden Home
Possibly our favorite of the “tiny” homes, this eco-friendly model by Saracen will set you back $55,000 + $3,850 estimated tax, but the shipping is free!
It’s actually made out of 2 40-foot insulated timber containers. It has a 282 square foot bottom level a second level with a balcony and bathroom.
Plumbing and electricity will require extra cost and labor.
28. Saracen Outdoors Cabana
Not into the rustic look? You might enjoy this outdoor cabana.
There’s no bathroom, but it could make the perfect quiet space for your backyard and it does have plumbing and electricity connections, so with a little extra effort, you can put your TV out there if you’re willing to spend $49,500 + $3,465 estimated tax on it.
29. Allwood Bella Cabin Kit
For about $20,000 you can construct this 324 square foot house with a loft.
This one comes with everything but the foundation (even roof tiles), so you can get going on it right away with tools the company insists you likely have lying around your home.
30. Q-haus Cliff Modular House
You might have to visit the link to see the potential of the beautiful, window-filled home.
It’s the most expensive of the lot at $98,000 + $6,860 tax, but it does come with free shipping and a sauna!
You’ll need your own foundation, but this house comes pretty much all put together and loaded with appliances, so all you have to do is make sure it’s sealed, stable, and furnished and you have your own ski lodge, AirBnb, or country getaway.
While the tiny house and DIY trend have lots of people thinking that getting a new home is as easy as clicking a button and grabbing a hammer, it turns out a lot more goes into making a place liveable.
Add the necessary permits you’ll need to put a new structure on a piece of land and you realize you need to be well-prepared to order one of these structures.
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