Self Home Building Kits


Building your own home can be a successful venture with the purchase of a kit home. Kits are available for homes in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and styles, and normally come with all the pieces and instructions you need for construction of the home's frame and exterior.


  • Do-it-yourself home-building kits are not a new idea. Perhaps the most well-known kit home supplier is Sears, who started selling kit homes in 1908 and continued until about 1940.


  • Buying a kit home can include some cost savings compared to a traditional home built completely on site. However, the key advantage to a kit home is the satisfaction of having built your own home.


  • There are many kit home manufacturers. Most specialize in one style of home. For example, Shelter Kit in Tilton, New Hampshire specializes in post-and-beam homes. Oregon Dome, Inc. sells geodesic domes, while Gastineau Log Homes, based in Missouri, sells kits for oak-log homes.

Skill Level

  • Although basic carpentry skills are helpful, the advanced carpentry is usually done before delivery. For those with basic skills, beware of the more complicated designs now on the market. If you don't feel confident doing the entire project yourself, you can hire a builder but still have a significant role in the construction by being a helper. Alternatively, in some cases, you can even have some of the pieces delivered already put together.

Not Included

  • Kit homes typically provide the materials for the frame and shell of your home. While the cost can sound low at first, it represents only a fraction of the cost of the finished home. You need to remember to add in things like plumbing, electrical, carpeting and drywall, as well as the cost of the land the home will sit on and the site work, such as a septic system, foundation and perhaps a well.

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