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Small Kit Homes

Advantages of Using a Kit Home Package

If you’re planning to build a small home, it might seem like there’s not that much to it so why would you need to use a packaged home product? But, the fact is, regardless of the size of the home, there are still the same choices to be made, a variety of materials to purchase, and the same contractors to hire. Lets look at some benefits:

  • Reduced decisions make the preparation process easier and quicker
  • Quicker framing can lower the onsite labor costs
  • Complete materials packages can reduce the need to shop
  • Some companies offer easier access to construction financing
  • A kit home can make a DIY project more doable

Packaged Kit Home Disadvantages

Small or big, the same issues arise when building a home. And it’s a mistake to think that just because the home is small, or because you’re using a kit home that you won’t have issues and problems to solve. I’ve found the following to be common:

  • Wall framing panels don’t always fit together perfectly
  • There’s a decent price mark-up for labor and deliveries
  • Your materials and style choices are limited
  • Your site must be accessible for big truck deliveries
  • You’ll need to safely store many items onsite while building

Use These Suggestions to Improve Your Experience

After years of working with kit homes, panelized houses, and small home designs, I can offer the following tips and strategies that will make your life easier.

  • Consider hiring your own home building coach to help with management rather than using the kit home company’s rep
  • Pick one of their package designs if your local restrictions allow it and don’t deviate from the plans
  • Choose a design with a simple foundation and roof design
  • Try to visit a finished home which is the same or similar to the model you chose
  • Use framers who are experienced with framing packaged homes