19 Kit Homes You Can Buy and Build Yourself

Kit-homes, also known as catalog or mail-order homes, are delivered to your home in flat packs with pre-cut (and often partially-assembled) materials that you can assemble on your property. They first popped up in North America in the first half of the 20th century, and they are as popular as ever among those looking for cheap living on a small footprint. The structures start at a really small 60 square feet but can be as large as 1000 square feet with the majority falling somewhere in the middle.

Kits make these homes particularly DIY-friendly to build, usually including all instructions and materials to get started. Some include roofing and foundation materials and the necessary hardware, and others offer upgrades to include plumbing or electricity so you can build them into truly habitable tiny homes.

Large or small, contemporary or traditional, kithomes are intriguing alternatives for those who have big dreams of a tiny home, garden office, guest house or vacation retreat. Click through some of our favorite mail order houses below to find one you like.

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