Not everyone has the time, money, interest and commitment to get a plan and construct a house in scratch. In this case, there are also companies who are offering prefabricated kits. Each company will offer a unique selection of designs for their target market. Some company offers simple, low-cost designs while others sell sophisticated designs at a premium price. Most, if not all allows clients to make changes on the standard designs depending on their intended use for the units.
Architect: Alchemy Architects
Weehouses are available as studio, pair, tall and four-square. The prefab kit includes the basic installation such as setting up of the foundation, electrical wiring and drainage systems as well as the modules. The unit can be customized depending on the need such that it can be made to be used as a house, office or cabin.
Architect: Tom Sandonato and Martin Wehmann
This prefab kit is based on SIP (structural insulated panels) technology. One of its key strength is it makes use of their self-designed solar powered system and heating and air conditioning unit. There are eight module selections which differ in size, design and cost. The size ranges from 100 sq ft to 289 sq ft.
Architect: V2 World
This prefab kit is a high-end option which makes use of European materials including appliances, furnitures, doors, windows and even cabinets. Less worry on sudden quality issues after installation because it has 3 year warranty. The V2world staff handles the on-site installation as well as customization as per client’s request. The company prides itself for offering no limitations in terms of geography.
Architect: Andy R. Thomson
and Daniel Hall
The architects of this prefab kits pride themselves with their contemporary and green designs. The designs is optimized to get the best quality while maintaining energy efficiency, durability, ease of maintenance, indoor air quality, daylight, water conservation and off-grid potential. In terms of design, their standard designs can be customized to fit the clients’ needs and to minimize the environment footprint.
Architect: Charlie Lazor/ Lazor Office
When you say Flatpack, you may not be able to pinpoint a specific design because their principle lies on configuration. The beauty of the end-product will depend on how well the client was able to communicate his needs to the designer and how well the designer is able to create the image that the client had in mind. The cost that the client pays include the complete house with all the basic fixtures including kitchen cabinets and appliances, bath fixtures, clothing storage units, lighting, heating and ventilation system.
Check out samples of their prefab kits on their Flicker account via the link below.
Choosing a prefab kit supplier or architect may take some time. Be sure to have a list of your requirements prior to looking around. Most of the architects are flexible when it comes to designs. You just need to make sure about what you want and how much you are willing to pay for it.
Location is a very important factor when thinking about buying a house. What if you can take it out of the equation totally? This is what small homes on wheels offer. No need to worry about the location. You can put your home at any place you want, as long as you own it or you are given permission to put your house on it. Small homes on wheels do not consume a lot of space since they are never bigger than 500 sq ft. Their sizes are usually between 120sqt ft to 200 sq ft. Since they have wheels, they can be transported on the road using a trailer.
So, how do you find small homes on wheels? Thanks to a very active tiny house movement advocates and entrepreneurs, finding small homes on wheels for sale is just a click away. Here are the steps we recommend you take to find your dream home on wheels.
Step 1: Bring out your inner techie.
It does not really take an internet guru to search the web for listings of tiny houses in your area. Just type “small homes on wheels + your area (e.g., California) + year (e.g., 2013)” on the search box of your browser. Be ready to get thousands and even millions of results.
Tiny House listings give you a wide selection of tiny houses grouped by states. You don’t need to browse over thousands of choices because the search box allows you to specify your state, price range, # of bedrooms, # of bathrooms and size (in sq ft). It even has a keyword box where you can input your city, state and postal code for easy searching.
Step 2: Play Mr. Detective.
Small homes in wheels are prefabricated and are only delivered to the customers when they are complete. Since they are mobile and can be transferred via a trailer, there are builders from other states who will offer to sell their small homes in wheels at a slightly higher shipping cost compared to local suppliers.
Grab a pen or use Microsoft Excel to list all the suppliers who ship to your area. Before you even start with Step 1, you should have a list of your requirements like the number of rooms, total livable space as well as design. Keep in mind your “must haves” and your “nice to haves.” Filter the list, first depending on the “must haves,” followed by the “nice to haves.” At the end of this step, you should have your top three (3) choices which satisfy your criteria. Check out reviews of people who have bought from your top three (3) suppliers. Reviews are normally available on the suppliers’ website or blogs catering to tiny houses.
Once you’ve done these steps, you’ll be pretty much set to get your own small home on wheels. Remember to prepare your requirements before searching. Otherwise, you’ll spend a lot of time looking at the unique and unusual designs of tiny houses you will not buy. Once you’ve had everything prepared, enjoy the experience. Explore possibilities!
When you’re trying to find someone, you need to think from the other person’s perspective. The same goes for finding cheap kit homes for sale. You will not track the kit homes though, but the sellers or builders. You need to figure out where sellers of this product will most likely be. Businesses normally go where their target market is. If you fit on their target market, chances are the answer to your question is just within your reach. Maybe you just have not realized it yet.
Going back to the question, if you are a builder or seller of cheap kit homes, where would you most likely advertise your product? Of course, you will advertise in a medium which will be effective to the market you are trying to penetrate. But where exactly?
1. Check the Internet.
Everyone has access to a computer and to the Internet nowadays. People use the Internet to meet new people, connect with families and old acquaintances, market and sell products, and more. The sellers of cheap kit homes would have already known this fact and advertise their products online. Here are some companies who have done so.
The site motherearthnews.com provides a comprehensive list of the Kit Homes suppliers which offer it Kit Homes suited to every style, size and budget. Their list includes the company name and contact number, type(s) of kit and cost per square footage as well as additional notes and description of the kit homes.
2. Check your local newspaper.
Some people still stick to their practice of reading real newspapers despite the availability of online newspapers and magazines. Most of these people will be on their mid 30s with stable job and a growing family. Given that kit homes can appeal to this financially-capable market, companies will be okay to spend a couple of bucks to reach this market through a local newspaper.
3. Check architecture or home magazines.
The beauty of kit homes lies on the fact that you can build it yourself. You do not need to know a lot about building a house because some house kits are specifically designed for those who will build a house for the first time. Those house kits are tailor made and provide simple instructions for novice builders to follow. This DIY house will be a great topic for a home and architecture magazine, so grab a copy and start looking.
4. Visit trade exhibits.
Trade exhibits provide a venue for companies to showcase their products. Look for those which cater primarily to affordable or green housing, or DIY products. Check out the exhibits’ webpage to confirm the companies who are participating.
Kit Homes are ideal for those who have absolutely no idea about building house but would like to start building at a tight budget. The kit eliminates a lot of decisions as the homes are provided almost completely done. Plans can be customized to incorporate efficient and environment-friendly designs as well. So, check out our list above and start building!
What comes to mind when you hear the phrase, “small house?” Is it a pile of things cramped on very little space? Or is it a magnificent display of creativity with a variety of colours and shapes? If this is not the first entry you have read on this blog, I’d say you’re leaning towards the second one. Getting a small house is a decision, an important one. There could be a number of different motivations for people to get one such as cost, ease of maintenance and more. But as with clothes, aesthetic does not have to suffer to satisfy functionality. The plan can be done in a way that both work harmoniously.
Here are some sites where you can find some unusual and unique small house plans:
Max Fullbright Designs is a design firm with over 25 years of experience in the business. It operates in the US primarily in the areas of West Georgia, Metro Atlanta and East Alabama. Aside from small house plans, their website also contains plans for lake houses, mountain houses, craftsman houses and cottage houses. The page for small house plans provides information such as total living area, # of bedrooms and style (cottage, lake, rustic,etc). Clicking on the “View House Plan” will display the floor plan, images and link to purchase of the plan.
This site features pages geared towards specific themes such as energy-efficient house plans, backyard cottages and more. On its unusual and unique house plans section, it showcases a selection of astonishing designs including a small geodesic building which is not only beautiful but also ecological.
This site contains plans for houses of all sizes with the option to customize if needed. One good thing about this site is that it adds a parameter for architectural style. Yes, it contains other parameters as well such as # of bedrooms, depth, width, kitchen, and outdoor features which other sites share as well. But, having the architectural style category allows buyers and builders to quickly browse through the house plans of the categories they are interested in. The categories include Bungalow, Country, Shed and more.
This site provides plans at relatively low cost based on the Do-It-Yourself principle. There are about 9 plans available as of this time. When you select a specific plan, it displays a page which provides more details about that specific plan such as images and sample pages of the plan. There is a short article which gives a general description of the house and what to expect when you buy the actual plan. Some articles even provide tips on what can be improved on the house plan. The page has the bottom section for the comments so buyers can collaborate with the authors of the plan and share learnings to potential buyers as well.
While most of the sites mentioned above define small houses as those whose size is less than 1500 sq ft, Humble Homes is particularly working on tiny house designs which are all less than 500 sq ft.
While the trailer can be considered as the foundation of your small house, floor plans serve as the playing field. It details how each of the rooms will fit into the tiny space. It is where architects put majority of their effort to give what client wants. You may think that a floor plan for a small house will look so loaded and cramped with everything that needs to be put in it. This is not necessarily true. This is where genius comes in. Since no one would like his home to look like a storage unit, architects and people of the tiny house movement have figured ways on how they can have a floor plan which will show the items that are definitely needed in a home while still offering a good room to move around.
A collaborative plan
This floor plan is one of six plans posted a blog on modative.com. This plan has an extra flex area which can be used for working, exercising or keeping some things.
Cherokee Cabin Company – Tiny House Plans
This two-level plan features a wide living room and a porch on the first level and a spacious bunk room on the second level.
Playing with plans by Michael Janzen
This plan, created with Google Sketchup is designed for low-cost small house construction. The area is filled with the usual amenities of a typical home such as the kitchen, bathroom and more.
New Ricochet Small house Floor Plan
With less than 400 sq ft in space, this floor plan aimed to put up a cozy house for anyone. The key aspect that makes this plan stand out is its use of a lot of cabinets and other storage areas. The kitchen alone has space for 11 cabinets while other sections of the house have a coat closet, bedroom closet, dressers and more.
Created during a simple conversation via Flicker, this plan seems to support that idea that streaks of genius can come from almost anywhere, anytime. The U-shaped kitchen is designed to maximize the space for all the appliances needed there, including the stove and microwave.
This house stands by its name, Extra Small House. It is the smallest of the home designs Tumbleweed offers to its customer who are into small and environment-friendly homes. The bedroom fits on a 73 sq ft loft of space, enough for just 1 person. The height of the loft is only 3’-2” tall so the bed must come as a mattress which can be pushed and fitted to the opening. Another key feature of this plan is the use of a fireplace made of stainless steel.
These are just some of the floor plans which are available in the Internet. There are plans which are offered for free while some are offered for a reasonable charge. If you are curious and adventurous enough, you can opt to create your own or get a free study plan and modify it depending on your need.