8 Companies That Are Revolutionizing Kit Homes
The concept of the kit home is as old as Abraham Lincoln and his log cabin, and as quintessentially American. And it’s no wonder: the DIY kit home is a standardized but customizable item that combines prefabricated parts, affordability, and ease of production with the opportunity for consumer individuality. With vast advances in technology and style, however, today’s prefabricated DIY homes are far from the famed birthplace of Honest Abe. Although the log cabin model remains a popular standard, contemporary kit homes come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and are more affordable, customizable, and efficient.
Generally made from either treated wood or steel, kit homes are shipped unassembled to consumers in measured, cut, and numbered pieces, and can take anywhere from several hours to a few weeks to construct with a small crew. Best of all, most kit home companies offer state-of-the-art green and renewable energy options.
Emily is a design historian, teacher, and writer/editor. She credits her early interest in architecture and design to helping her boat-builder dad as a kid, which cemented her love for home decor projects like building furniture, reupholstery, crafting, and decoration. In addition to crafts, she studied English literature at Brown University and holds a MA from Parsons in design history.