How do you build a tiny house with a bare-bones budget? It’s not easy, but it can be done. Tiny house kits under $5,000 do exist!
Cheap tiny house kits not only help you save thousands of dollars, but tiny house kits under $5,000 also make the building more accessible for the newbie do-it-yourselfer. Because more than a hefty financial investment, tiny home building is a significant time investment.
When building a tiny house from scratch, it can take one to two years to complete!
The beauty of a tiny house kit under $5,000 is that it comes with the materials needed to easily construct the shell of your tiny home, from walls, to roofing to all required fasteners.
But be aware, cheap tiny house kits do not include everything you need to complete the interior, like electrical and plumbing supplies.
For tips on how to save on building materials, read this DIY tiny house building guide.
Do you like the idea of a streamlined building process? Ready to save big money with a tiny house kit under $5,000?
Let’s take a look at five top tiny house kits under $5,000. As you’ll see, each offers darling minimalist design appeal.
Glen Echo Cabin tiny house kit under $5,000
Size: approx. 80 square feet, 10’x8’
The Glen Echo Cabin kit exudes classic tiny house design charm with its red cedar siding, gable roofline, and loft.
What makes it stand out is its spacious 3’ overhang. It creates extra interior storage space, as well as an inviting covered porch.
For ideas on how to make the Glen Echo tiny log Cabin a home, Summerwood provides sample floor plans.
Want to create a custom interior design for this cheap tiny house kit? Use their DIY planning tools, graph paper download, or the free Floor Planner online drawing tool.
For max savings, order the Glen Echo Cabin on Summerwood’s website as a pre-cut kit. That means no painstaking cutting required for framing or siding.
Though if you can afford an extra $3,000, you can save even more build time and effort with the pre-assembled kit option. While some assembly is still required, all major structural components such as walls, trusses, and floors are built and framed for you.
Check out tiny house on wheels floor plans for another DIY option!
Arched Cabin tiny house kit under $5,000
Size: 120 square feet, 12’x10’’
Are you a fan of curved roofs? There’s just something so soothing about the feeling of organic-shaped homes. Arched Cabins offer a unique take on A-frame design.
Arched Cabin kits are available in a wide array of sizes.
Though, the most economical option that retains a comfortable tiny home living space is the 120 square foot cheap tiny house kit. It’s ideal as an airy one-bedroom.
Additionally, the 12-foot height can easily accommodate a roomy lofted bedroom.
For only an extra $1,000, you can get an upgrade package that includes more roofing color options (choose from 23 colors including Energy Star rated colors), a fireplace thimble, and a significant insulation upgrade from R13 to R25 for the arched walls.
A huge selling point of the high-quality Arched Cabin kits is meeting the 2015 International Building Code minimum standards of 150 mph wind speeds and 30 PSF (pounds per square foot) snow loads. Further, Arched Cabins have been successfully permitted in all 50 states, a huge plus.
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Allwood Escape tiny house kit under $5,000
Size: 113 square feet
Remember Lincoln Logs from your childhood? Building adorable mini-log cabins by quickly stacking indented pieces that fit together perfectly. The Allwood Escape cheap tiny house kit is very much like that.
In fact, kit assembly can be completed in two days with two adults.
Just follow the straightforward DIY step-by-step instructions. Only minimal tools are required, specifically a level, tape measure, hammer, rubber mallet, screwdriver, pliers, and a ladder.
Even though the building system is super simple, the kit is made from high-quality, durable, dense grain Nordic Spruce.
Another top feature is that it can be modified as your needs change. You can add a loft with extra wall planks, or with an 8-foot canopy roof extension for protected outdoor storage.
For an additional $995, add a 17-square foot interior room kit—ideal for a bathroom.
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Sonoma Cabin tiny house kit under $5,000
Size: approx. 112 square feet, 8’x14’
Looking for a tiny home with subtle flair? The Sonoma Cabin’s angular, low profile roofline adds much visual appeal without being overly complicated.
Summerwood has made yet another well-reviewed kit. Not only do they provide detailed assembly instructions, they also provide how-to videos, as well as multiple customer support options.
If you have any questions during the building process, their Customer Care Representatives offer guidance, online, or by phone.
Let us inspire you for tiny living with this story of a man who built his house for $1,500!
Gable tiny house kit under $5,000
Size: approx. 64 square feet, 8’x8’
It includes the basic structural kit, plus vapor barrier, insulation, solid pine roof sheathing, shiplap pine interior wall, and ceiling sheathing, an insulated steel door, and double-pane, energy-efficient windows.
The Gable is durable and exudes a classic barn aesthetic built using rugged New England style post and beam techniques. It has the feel of an old school one-bedroom cabin—a blank slate for you to customize to your style and needs.
What are your favorite tiny house kits under $5,000? Let us know in the comments below!
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Affordable Tiny Houses FAQ:
A tiny house shell can be built for $5,000, especially with the help of cheap pre-cut kits. In this case, the exterior structure is completed but typically not the interior.
At this extremely low price point, it excludes any trailer or foundation system.
A wide variety of simple tiny houses can be built for $10,000, from shed conversions to rustic one-room cabins. To reach this exceptionally affordable price point, DIYers often use low-cost or free salvage materials for the interior finishings.
Recycled items can also be used for parts of the exterior siding, roofing, and windows & doors. For frugal structural components, use cheap tiny house kits.
Hands-down, the cheapest tiny house is one you build yourself. By not hiring out for labor, a self-built tiny house can save 30-50% of the overall cost. Keep in mind; the final price varies considerably based on size and materials used. On the low-end, a DIY tiny house can range between $10,000-$30,000.
A surefire way to achieve significant savings in your tiny house build is through exhaustive material sourcing over time. Free and low-cost items can be found anywhere from used building supply stores to Facebook Marketplace.
A prefab tiny house costs anywhere between $25,000 and $200,000. The significant variables include size, level of customization, and type of finishes. Typically, the prefab tiny house cost does not include land, unless it’s a previously sited, pre-owned home.
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Alexis and her partner, Christian are nomadic tiny house dwellers. Together they’ve been traveling for four years for their documentary and community education project, Tiny House Expedition—over 54,000 miles, across 38 states and 30+ tiny house communities. Their documentary work includes the educational series, Living Tiny Legally. Alexis serves on the board of the Tiny Home Industry Association and the American Tiny House Association.