It seems like a wild new trend to be able to buy a home kit and have it delivered to you, but in fact, Sears used to make the same type of kits in the first two decades of the 20th century.
While they stopped in about 1940, you can find beautiful Sears kit homes all over the country, many of them Arts & Crafts style.
So, really, Amazon is just reinventing a century-old tradition.
While we’re not sure the current tiny houses are going to offer up the same durability, they do come in a range of sizes and with amenities from marble countertops to lofted ceilings.
However, there have also been critics of the structures, since most people think they’re too expensive, too hard to build, don’t come with the necessary amenities to bring them up to code, and do nothing to solve the housing crisis.
We’ve found 30 of the coolest homes you can buy with just a click on Amazon.com, but it’s up to you to decide if they’re really all that practical.
If you want to visit the website (though not all models are currently in stock), you can click on the “Amazon.com” link below the photos.
Sometimes it’s worth it just to read the reviews from people who clearly didn’t buy one but are looking for a laugh (or enjoy the thought of building one to house their in-laws).
It runs for a whopping $36,800.00 + $1,000 shipping (guess there’s no Prime member discount there!) and the company says the fire and windproof structure can be used as accommodation, or even an office, dormitory, camp, toilet, bathroom, shower room, changing room, school, classroom, library, shop, booth, kiosk, meeting room, canteen, guard house, etc.
This is also one of the rare structures that include only the bare minimum of materials, so there are no windows, doors, roofing, or flooring materials included.
Most of these houses don’t have roofing tiles or foundations, but we were at least hoping for windows since that seems to be the key feature of this model.
While it’s not in stock right now it’ll run you about $19,000 and could take up to two months to build.
Then, you’ll have to add your own roof, insulation, plumbing, and electric.
We do know that the ceilings are 8’6″ and many of the features can be customized. But again, you’ll need to purchase everything that’s not the simple structure and walls separately.
This picture happens to be of a customer model that likely represents a best case scenario.
That is after you pay the $46,000 it costs for this home kit.
And we get the price, it’s pretty big at 1108 Sqf (712 square feet downstairs + 396 square feet upstairs). But you’ll have to put in your own foundation, plumbing, etc.
They recommend its use for recreation, a stand-alone retail space, an office, or a hybrid home/business.
Sounds like a lot of work, but we’re a sucker for free shipping.
This is the kind of structure that makes people wonder if they could truly build their own homes.
It runs for $8,890 and even comes with beloved free shipping (though it’s not eligible for Amazon Prime, so it won’t be showing up for at least 3-5 weeks).
At 162 square feet, we can see it as a man cave or a she shed, though the company has loftier goals that indicate it could be a lake/beach house, “an elegant guest house,” or a small cafe.
This one is charming too, even though it’s just a rendering (but you can click the link below the pics to go to the site).
This model is 540 square feet, which is just large enough to feel like you could stick an in-law in there if you don’t want them living in your home. And it’s even set up to house a bathroom and kitchen – although none of the accouterments you’d need to build them come with it.
So just tell your mother-in-law to bring her own plumbing. She’ll love that.
This model runs $32,990.00 but does include free shipping. But we imagine making it liveable will run at least another $30,000, so depending on where you live, you may find an already built house even cheaper.
The large windows let in a ton of natural light, so you’ll want to put it somewhere private (or with a great view).
The company assures customers that “only minimal tools are needed,” but if you have a 3rd party put it together, tack on an addition $600 and up.
It includes all the necessary materials except roof shingles and foundation materials (which seem like they might be important – though most kits don’t come with them).
Oh, and in case you were thinking of any of these as a place to watch the snow fall, they don’t come with insulation. Being warm costs extra.
It costs $18,500 from an independent seller who will also charge $3,966.49 shipping and $1,295.00 estimated tax, so it starts to sound like a lot for a wooden box that you have to assemble yourself.
While the total floor area is 1,409 square feet, some of that is the small outside porch you see.
There’s also a longer list of what it doesn’t include than what it does. On the list of things lacking: foundation (which is typical), windows, doors, siding, insulation, and flooring materials.
The company will also provide a blueprint for you if you want to tell them where you plan to put electrical and plumbing.
And what shows up at delivery includes windows, doors, floor decking, roof decking, framing for the walls (if you choose to have it divided into rooms instead of one large area), locks, nuts, bolts, screws, and very detailed instructions.
For an extra fee, the company will tailor the house to your specifications and this two-bedroom, 1 bath house is one of the rare models that include things like fly screens, a fireproof security front door, laminated timber kitchen cabinets, countertops, a sink, a dual flush toilet, a shower room, a vanity bowl, and bathroom cabinets.
It even has a towel rail in the bathroom.
Clearly meant for backyard use, the rustic structure is pretty much a shed, though the company says it can be used as a guest room (note, not guest house), game room, or office.
It also has 5′ wide doors to store larger items and a 4′ deep porch in case you like to sit outside your shed and contemplate…well, whatever.
You can also build the home with ordinary household tools and no cutting is required. And if we’re reading the description correctly, you might not get walls inside, but you do get decorative shutters and planter boxes on the outside, so you really can enjoy porch life.
The basic model will cost $7,995 + $1,363.49 shipping + $559.65 estimated tax and does not include the steep hill, which is great because it’s billed as an easy DIY weekend project.
Recommended as a hobby shed or storage area, you get 8 feet of headspace and 189 square feet of open space to do whatever hobbies don’t belong in the main house.
With 2 floors, 4 bedrooms, and 3 baths, this provides more space than most American houses.
While the sellers insist the instructions are good and everything is labeled well, they will – for a fee – try to help you find a qualified assembler in your area or assemble it on a foundation you’ve built.
While it’s not available at the moment, we’re definitely curious about the price since the word “glued” appears in a lot of the items on the materials list.
The price – $8,200.00 + $1,266.99 shipping + $574.00 estimated tax – seems a little steep for a storage shed, but it does have some great floor to ceiling windows in case you want people to see what’s in there.
While there are no roofing or flooring materials included, you can pick those out once you decide if it’s going to be a see-through storage shed or a fancier garden pool house.
At $75,000 you’ll be relieved to know that shipping is free.
It does come with the staircase, thankfully, as well as the “plumbing basics” that you’ll need to connect.
This 50 foot long, 16 foot wide, 19.2 foot high home has a living room, kitchen, office room, and restroom on the ground floor as well as a living room and two bedrooms and a bathroom on the top floor.
Just remember that what’s it’s built on in this rendering is not included (foundations are generally up to the owner), but the extra foundation and roof shingles you need should each be under $200.
If the company is to be believed (and it really believes in you), it can be assembled by two adults in a mere 8 hours.
The cottage style cabin is not meant to be a permanent residence but perhaps a pool house or even a temporary guest house.
Just get your $8,450.00 + tax ready and you’re good to go. Shipping is free!
It comes with pre-hung and glazed doors and windows as well as pre-assembled gables, but everything else is up to you – including finding those cute red roofing tiles.
That’s what $10,895 + tax will buy you these days!
Its modern look also makes it ideal to “set up on rooftops of multi story buildings,” according to the manufacturer.
At $7,790 + tax, you can’t actually pull it anywhere though. The wheels are purely cosmetic.
The only issue is that it’ll run you $49,995 + $1,754.49 shipping + $3,499.65 estimated tax.
But it does come assembled!
In the end, it might might be a small price to pay for the “perfect haven where an adult child can live independently outside the home” or “a mother-in-law suite…offering both you and them a place for privacy.”
With an upsized price of $64,900 + $4,800 shipping + $4,543 estimated tax, it might only feel like a bargain if you’re in an area with a high cost of living, but it does include washer and dryer hookups as well as kitchen cabinets, appliances, and all bathroom fixtures.
All you need to do is furnish it.
While it’s really best used as a storage shed, it does have a cute little loft space.
It’s actually made out of 2 40-foot insulated timber containers. It has a 282 square foot bottom level a second level with a balcony and bathroom.
Plumbing and electricity will require extra cost and labor.
There’s no bathroom, but it could make the perfect quiet space for your backyard and it does have plumbing and electricity connections, so with a little extra effort, you can put your TV out there if you’re willing to spend $49,500 + $3,465 estimated tax on it.
This one comes with everything but the foundation (even roof tiles), so you can get going on it right away with tools the company insists you likely have lying around your home.
It’s the most expensive of the lot at $98,000 + $6,860 tax, but it does come with free shipping and a sauna!
You’ll need your own foundation, but this house comes pretty much all put together and loaded with appliances, so all you have to do is make sure it’s sealed, stable, and furnished and you have your own ski lodge, AirBnb, or country getaway.
Add the necessary permits you’ll need to put a new structure on a piece of land and you realize you need to be well-prepared to order one of these structures.
Please SHARE this with your friends and family.
Follow your friends or be the first to join our group