This post has been updated from our original Cheap Cabin Kits post that was first published in 2017. We keep our content updated as the world around us changes, as we learn new skills and techniques, and (of course) when we discover more cheap cabin kits.
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, the 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.
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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 $6000.
DuroSpan Cabins (starting at $5,999)
DuroSpan cabins are massive for the price- with one big caveat. The kits do not ship filled in on the ends of the tubular frame. This does offer some interesting customization options, like you see below.
The base model is a whopping 800 sqft of whatever you can dream up. Sure, it’ll take some more materials to close in the ends and add whatever amenties you want but you can’t beat the price or the strength of these structures. The 800 sqft base model is only $5,999 but of course you can go up in size all the way to an industrial warehouse if you want.
Moon Houses (starting at $6,999)
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 it. Even still, $6,999 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 kit does mean more work to get it completed. The modern kitchen and loft they show in the listing are 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 each, 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.
DIY Cabin Plans
Kits make building a cabin easy because they come with instructions and prepared materials. If you just get the instructions you can locally source your materials giving you some flexibility.
One of the best DIY plans is a 384 sqft 1 bed, 1 bath with a loft. The loft is excluded from the square footage, of course, so it is roomier than it looks: DIY Cottage Plans.
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 need some free land or other cheap gear, here are some more articles our readers find useful:
- How to Get Free Land in the US (and Canada)
- How to Get a Free Survival Map of Your Local Area
- The Cheapest Bug Out Bag: 11 Steps and Less Than $100
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 by how cheap cabin hunting can go, and they may be too.
Keep exploring, stay prepared, and be safe.
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