Cabin kits have been a great way to get a home out in the seclusion of the wilderness, but they don’t have to set you back an arm and a leg. If you are looking for just the bare necessities, you can get a cabin kit for extremely cheap. It may be just a roof and four walls, but it will make for a great off-grid shelter, perfect bug out location, or just a weekend getaway to get unplugged.
Material costs have been going up lately, so it is a little tougher to find cabin kit deals. We keep this list updated even as costs go up, periodically reviewing for accuracy so you can find the best deal on a cabin kit for your vacation retreat or bug out getaway.
This post was originally written October 3, 2017 and has since been updated for accuracy
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Cheap Cabin Kit Basics
If you are looking for a smart way to get unplugged and off grid, a cheap cabin kit is the way to go. With some land and a cabin kit, you can carve out your own little getaway that can last generations. The best part is that you can do all of this for about the same cost as dragging your family on a vacation. I don’t know about you, but I would pick a permanent retreat over chasing the kids around a theme park for a week or two. If you’re having trouble convincing your better half that building a cabin getaway is the move for you, I’ve made a quick pros and cons list to help your case:
|Pros of a Cheap Cabin Kit||Cons of a Cheap Cabin Kit|
|Inexpensive||The cheaper the kit, the smaller the cabin|
|Can build it anywhere||Must buy land and place foundation|
|Can customize floor plans and layouts easily||Some supplies may not be included|
|Building a cabin can be a family bonding experience||Requires a LOT of work to build|
|An affordable vacation getaway|
|A bug out location option|
|A way to get unplugged and off grid in a busy world|
|A lasting legacy that can outlast you|
Hopefully those bullets can help with the decision process. If you have any suggestions, let us know in the comments at the bottom. Keep on reading to see the five cheapest cabin kits we could find, with the cheapest coming in right under $4000.
The Allwood Claudia Cabin ($9,700)
Our first cabin is one the roomiest on the list at 209 square feet. The big kicker is that it comes in at a great price of $9,700. The cabin kit takes about two days to build, which is pretty quick.
One of the latest upgrades they’ve done on this kit is improving the roof snow load capacity to 90 lbs/sqft. It’s nice to know that they are continuously improving their kits to be more sturdy. You can learn more about the cabin here.
The Lakeview Cabin ($9,650)
About half of this cabin is windows, and it is made to be secluded on a lakeside or some other scenic spot. Why not have a great view if you’re in a cabin? This one has eight double paned windows and two double paned doors. It measures 17’ by 13’ for 209 square feet inside the cabin, so it is definitely on the small side.
The Lakeview cabin is basically a roof, some walls, and some windows without room for much else- which mean you will have to get creative when it comes to washing, cooking, and doing your business. It realistically takes between 30-40 man hours to assemble. Reviews show that the kit is easy to assemble and is pretty much complete. You can learn more about the cabin here.
The Pinecrest Cabin ($6,850)
The Pinecrest cabin works as a garden shed or a shelter deep in the woods. It is designed to be very versatile, and people that have built is have used it for very different things, including:
- garden shed
- pool house
- home office
- artist studio
- hunting cabin
- fishing cabin
- bug-out location
If you can fit it into the 123 square foot layout, this cabin will do the trick.
The double pane doors and windows make it an upgrade over other cabins close to it’s size. This kit ships for free, which puts it among the cheapest total-cost for cabin kits. You can learn more about the cabin here.
The Allwood Escape Cabin ($5,350)
This 9’ x 12’ cabin is tiny. They fit a single window and door in the layout, but the 113 square feet is definitely a drawback. The planks are Norway spruce with tongue and groove assembly. To finish the project, you would also need shingles and some paint or stain.
The real attractive part of this cabin is not the windows or French doors, it’s the price: $5,350. This is with free shipping, which makes it a pretty good deal considering the whole kit weighs over 3000 pounds. You can learn more about the cabin here.
The Moon House ($3,990)
This dome cabin is the cheapest kit on the list, and one of the largest on the list at 301 square feet with plenty of overhead room for a loft area. The kit does not include floor sheathing or OSB siding, so you will need to source some more materials to complete. Even still, $3,990 for a framed 300+ sq. ft. dome structure is pretty damn good.
No freight cost added on makes this a steal if you want something cheap that you will need to put some work into to customize. It is not an option if you are looking to just have something arrive with everything you need. The flexibility of this kits does mean more work to get it completed. The modern kitchen and loft they show in the listing is amazing. You can learn more about the cabin here.
Cheap Used Cabins
Believe it or not, some people are looking to get rid of their cabins. With logs weighing a few hundred pounds it’s not easy work. Because of this, most used cabins are sold ridiculously cheap if you do all the disassembly and transportation off the lot. You can find these deals on eBay, Craigslist, or the classified section in your local papers.
Be prepared to show up with a crew, since they get priced low so the owner doesn’t have to do much. Disassembling an old cabin can sometimes take even longer than assembling a brand new kit, so plan accordingly. You can find some used cabin kits on eBay for about half the price of a new one, depending on the freight needed.
The Final Word
Building a cheap cabin can be a fun project and pay off in the long run as well. There are plenty of sizes to look at, and the costs scale pretty much based on size. If you are skipping main amenities for your cabin, you can save a lot of money by ‘roughing it’ off grid. This can be a bonding time for your family, and help you all be more confident in your self-sufficiency skills.
If you know anyone that thinks a cabin house or bug out plan is just out of reach, feel free to share with them. I was surprised with how cheap cabin hunting can go, and they may be too. Keep exploring, stay prepared, and be safe.
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