10 Kit Home Companies to Watch

By Byron Loker / Published by Dwell
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In the past, talk of a kit-built house would sometimes conjure images of a tumble-down, rustic timber cabin. However, today you can create an ultra-modern look with natural materials by going the route of a prefabricated kit home.

Many companies will deliver all the materials necessary for construction to your site—either off-plan, or working specifically to your custom wishes. Some will even help with permits and all the hassles of building your own home. Here are a few companies that can help you realize your dream of building your own home.


1. Method Homes

Method Homes is a custom manufacturer of precision–engineered, prefabricated, modern structures. Master craftsmen create their modular homes, commercial structures, accessory dwelling units, and garages. This 4,672-square-foot "Sage Modern" model in Truckee, California features rift-sawn white oak cabinets and doors, extensive built-ins, and hydronic radiant heat.

Method Homes is a custom manufacturer of precision–engineered, prefabricated, modern structures. Master craftsmen create their modular homes, commercial structures, accessory dwelling units, and garages. This 4,672-square-foot "Sage Modern" model in Truckee, California features rift-sawn white oak cabinets and doors, extensive built-ins, and hydronic radiant heat.

Photo courtesy Method Homes
Zip Kit Homes spent over a decade building many different residences—over 500 homes and multi-family projects. After experimenting with all different types of building construction—standard site-built homes, panelized homes, and modular homes—they recently launched kit homes to offer precision-built, sustainable, small homes that can be shipped anywhere in North America. They also offer many site-built floor plans that are both energy-efficient and simple to build. 

Zip Kit Homes spent over a decade building many different residences—over 500 homes and multi-family projects. After experimenting with all different types of building construction—standard site-built homes, panelized homes, and modular homes—they recently launched kit homes to offer precision-built, sustainable, small homes that can be shipped anywhere in North America. They also offer many site-built floor plans that are both energy-efficient and simple to build. 

Photo courtesy Zip Kit Homes
The ideabox construction process goes easy on everything except quality, beauty, and fun, using a highly efficient, indoor, quality-controlled construction process to build beautiful, comfortable boxes that fit your modern lifestyle.

The ideabox construction process goes easy on everything except quality, beauty, and fun, using a highly efficient, indoor, quality-controlled construction process to build beautiful, comfortable boxes that fit your modern lifestyle.

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California Pre-Cut Homes provides a panelized wall building system that allows you to construct your own project—"sweat equity"—or to manage construction via sub-contractors.

California Pre-Cut Homes provides a panelized wall building system that allows you to construct your own project—"sweat equity"—or to manage construction via sub-contractors.

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Small House Kits are designed so that every bit of space is used to the best advantage. Although some are for homes as large as 875 square feet, others are well under 300 square feet. Those designed to be on wheels may be less than 100 square feet. These houses are more energy efficient than a small old house, thanks to superior materials and increased insulation. 

Small House Kits are designed so that every bit of space is used to the best advantage. Although some are for homes as large as 875 square feet, others are well under 300 square feet. Those designed to be on wheels may be less than 100 square feet. These houses are more energy efficient than a small old house, thanks to superior materials and increased insulation. 

Photo courtesy Small House Kits
This Beverly Hills kitHAUS delivers modernist prefab modules that transform open spaces into anything-you-want hubs—yoga studios, home offices, weekend retreats, pop-up kiosks, guest rooms, or "reality-escape pods." The custom-configured homes can be completed on-site in days, tie-grid or off-grid.

This Beverly Hills kitHAUS delivers modernist prefab modules that transform open spaces into anything-you-want hubs—yoga studios, home offices, weekend retreats, pop-up kiosks, guest rooms, or "reality-escape pods." The custom-configured homes can be completed on-site in days, tie-grid or off-grid.

Photo courtesy KitHAUS
Australian-originated Prebuilt integrates efficient, economical, design-led architecture with modular prefab construction. Whether creating a modest country weekender or a landmark home in an expensive street, each of their prefab homes is architect-designed, built undercover, and transported in modules across Australia. 

Australian-originated Prebuilt integrates efficient, economical, design-led architecture with modular prefab construction. Whether creating a modest country weekender or a landmark home in an expensive street, each of their prefab homes is architect-designed, built undercover, and transported in modules across Australia. 

Photo courtesy Prebuilt
 Together with a personal Hanse Haus specialist, pre-configured house designs can be adapted simply and easily in order to suit all tastes and specifications.

 Together with a personal Hanse Haus specialist, pre-configured house designs can be adapted simply and easily in order to suit all tastes and specifications.

Photo courtesy Hanse Haus
Canadian-based GreenTerra Homes manufactures steel frame homes for assembly on-site, as well as steel frame factory-built modular homes and structures. They're Canada’s first and only CWB CSA QAI-certified steel frame modular home factory, with a mission to make it easier for families to build the home of their dreams—from how GTH homes are built, to the materials used in construction, to the support team at your side.  

Canadian-based GreenTerra Homes manufactures steel frame homes for assembly on-site, as well as steel frame factory-built modular homes and structures. They're Canada’s first and only CWB CSA QAI-certified steel frame modular home factory, with a mission to make it easier for families to build the home of their dreams—from how GTH homes are built, to the materials used in construction, to the support team at your side.  

Photo courtesy GreenTerra Homes
The "Marie" model by Scandinavian Homes brings modern with shades of Art Deco in two-story, 3/4-bedroom, timber-framed, self-build homes. At the front of the house is a well-lit breakfast kitchen, with a separate dining area. To the left of the front door is a pair of porthole windows that provide natural light to a cloakroom and shower room. At the rear of the house is a living room with several large windows and a door to the garden—and a study off to one side. The integral garage has a door to a workshop/store at the rear, and a side door into the utility room.

The "Marie" model by Scandinavian Homes brings modern with shades of Art Deco in two-story, 3/4-bedroom, timber-framed, self-build homes. At the front of the house is a well-lit breakfast kitchen, with a separate dining area. To the left of the front door is a pair of porthole windows that provide natural light to a cloakroom and shower room. At the rear of the house is a living room with several large windows and a door to the garden—and a study off to one side. The integral garage has a door to a workshop/store at the rear, and a side door into the utility room.

Photo courtesy Scandinavian Homes

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