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Long to get out of the rent race and into the bachelor pad of your dreams that you — and not your bank — owns? Or maybe you’re simply looking to downsize? There are great options out there, especially if you’re willing to give up square footage for freedom from having to shell out to a landlord each month. Tiny homes (which have been growing in popularity the last few years, BTW ) are one option, especially if you don’t have the biggest down payment after years of paying rent. After all, almost half of renters nationwide pay more than 30 percent of their income on housing, according to a 2018 Harvard University study.
If you’re eager to dive right into a smaller — much smaller, perhaps — pad, Amazon sells kits for stand-alone buildings that, if they aren’t as finished as, say, a college dorm, could make sense for the right person. Here are some offerings that are your passport to join the Tiny House Nation or allow you to embrace your inner loner.
Note to those taking a serious look at these: The prices are not out-the-door (or perhaps more appropriately, in-the-door) costs. You will still need land, as well as hookups for water, power, sewage, internet, etc., which will add to the costs. Plus, if you think it takes a lot of pizzas to get your buddies to move you, it will likely be even more to build a place from the bottom (of the tiny home kit) up.
Lakeview Log Cabin Kit
Cost: $8,490 at Amazon.com
Size: 209 square feet
Wait time: Not specified
This log cabin looks like the perfect fit for the outdoorsy type: Built from “high-quality Nordic Spruce,” it’s advertised as ready for “year-round use.” The ample windows and set of French doors will practically let nature and plenty of natural light into this tiny home, especially if positioned appropriately. Bonus? The windows and doors are dual pane, meaning they’ll help keep the warmth in, which is good since a heater would take up extra room. One extra cost you’ll need to plan for: Roofing shingles aren’t included in the price.
Allwood Pioneer Cabin Kit
Cost: $7,495 at Amazon.com
Size: 171 square feet
Wait time: 60 days
Why buy when you can rent land? The little porch certainly adds curb (or lot, in this case!) appeal. This model also allows you, as the general contractor, to decide where most of the windows go, as only the door and small loft window are pre-cut in this kit. The doors and windows do come pre-hung to cut down on assembly time and cost. However, if you want to insulate the walls, you will have to add studs, which would cut down on the interior space. Also (and perhaps most importantly, since this could be, like, the major feature that may have piqued your interest): Trailer not included.
Lillevilla Allwood Cabin Kit Getaway
Cost: $18,000 at Amazon.com
Size: 292 square feet, plus an additional sleeping loft
Wait time: 45 to 60 days
We might move out of our condo for this three-room structure, and we doubt even Martha Stewart would have much objection to it. This tiny house features a front deck, giving you more of an indoor-outdoor living feel. The sleeping loft (which doesn’t count toward the 292 square feet) looks sizeable enough to accommodate two twin beds comfortably. (Note: Don’t sit up too quickly, as the clearance floor-to-the-top-of-the-A-roof is slightly more than four feet). The gables are pre-assembled, while the door and windows are prehung, making it possible for two adults to build this tiny home in just two to three days.