If you have a limited budget for a prefab house, researching affordable pre-built cabins or log cabin kits seems like the most logical step. Attractive up-front prices are really motivating but we all know that buying a prefab small house or a cabin kit and assembling one can be a real challenge.
Will you be able to overcome certain difficulties?
Here is the list of 10 challenges that each cabin kit buyer will have to deal with during the assembly process.
- Are you able to do the foundation work yourself or would you prefer hiring a licensed contractor?
- Do you have the skill level and strength to assemble the log cabin kit?
- Most prefab log home kits are not pre-cut to exact measurements. Are you prepared to cut the wood when necessary?
- Are you capable of doing the required electrical work in the cabin? Are your qualified to take care of the all the wiring including switches, ceiling fans, panel box, outlets, interior, and exterior lighting?
- Are you comfortable to do all the plumbing for the cabin including purchasing all the sinks, the bathtub, shower stall, and toilets as well as making both internal and the external connections?
- You will need to spend extra money for Kitchen Sink, Kitchen cabinets, the internal finishes, Bathroom fixtures Interior Doors, Trim, Flooring, Ceiling, Kitchen countertops, Shingles or Metal Roof, Windows, Insulation, and Tools.
- Do you have all the tools needed for assembling the log cabin and dealing with problems such as parts being cut to a wrong size? Do you have a Miter Saw, Cordless Screwdriver, Circular Saw, Sprayer, etc.?
- Can you provide the Engineered Drawings for your local municipality?
- Do you have enough spare time to complete all the tasks on your own?
- Do you have enough money, besides the initial log cabin kit purchase, to complete the whole project?
The Log Home Builders Association states the following:
The total price the average consumer will pay after completing the log cabin project is three times more than the initial kit price.
That’s correct: multiply the cost of the kit by 3.
Here is an example:
|Log Cabin Kit||$30,000|
|Tools and Extra Materials||$30,000|
How can you reduce the cost?
Unless you are fully prepared to do all the work yourself and spend time on finding cheap or free extra materials, your log cabin final cost will be three times the original cabin kit price!
That is something you have to consider when you are deciding if the log cabin kit is a suitable DIY project for your budget and skill level.
1. Gateway Log Cabin by Coventry Log Homes
192 SQ FT Complete Package Price: $24,150
This tiny one-room log cabin is the smallest in the Cabin series of Coventry Log Homes for sale. Quick to build, “The Getaway” can be your rustic weekend retreat leaving plenty of time to enjoy the outdoors while escaping noisy city life. The covered porch offers protection from the elements and enough room for relaxing morning coffee for two.
Small log cabins, like The Getaway, are good starter projects for the do-it-yourself couples. Log cabin kits of this size can be assembled in 3-4 weekends (view Building Process Guide). In case you are not comfortable with DIY assemble process, go with pre-built cabins.
2. Creekside Log Cabin by Coventry Log Homes
537 SQ FT 14′ x 26′ Complete Package Price: $38,850
This chalet-style small recreational cabin has plenty of room for a small family. There are two small bedrooms: one can easily accommodate a queen size bed and the other – a set of bunk beds.
The living area provides space for a pull-out sofa and a dining table. The loft over the bath and bedrooms has additional space for storage. This is one of the coziest mini log cabins that are comparable to tiny homes in square footage yet still affordable.
3. Juniper Log Cabin by Coventry Log Homes
924 SQ FT 22′ x 26′ Complete Package Price: $58,650
If you are looking for 2 bedroom log cabin kits then Juniper model is very well worth your consideration. With impressive cathedral ceilings over the kitchen/dining/living area, this small log cabin can make a great home away from home for a small family.
The plan features two bedrooms and one bath on the first floor and a spacious loft upstairs. The only drawback is the high price. Log cabin kits, in general, are more expensive than comparable in size tiny house kits. The expansive covered porch is an attractive feature of this model.
4. Timbertrail Log Cabin
392 SQ FT 14′ x 20′ Complete Package Price: $33,150
The Timbertrail log cabin looks really cozy on the photo. For its price “The Timbertrail” features only one bedroom with a bath plus a 6’ x 20’ front porch – not the best deal for this much money.
The description says that up to 6 people can comfortably rest in the sleeping quarters on rustic log beds that can be purchased from Coventry Log Homes in addition to the log cabin kit.
5. Willow Creek Log Cabin by Southland Log Homes
684 SQ FT 31′ x 29′ Contact Southland Log Homes for a price
This is definitely one of a loveliest 2 bedroom log cabin kits with a large porch and a simple floor plan. The full-size front porch looks twice as large as the living area.
Willow Creek model doesn’t look like one of the cheap cabin kits and there is no listed price. Actually, it may work to your advantage if you are good at negotiating. Southland Log Homes have numerous locations in many states. Give them a call, visit their models to see if they are flexible enough to give you a good deal and to check on available upgrades.
6. Salem Log Cabin by Southland Log Homes
1285 SQ FT First Floor: 755 Second Floor: 530 27′ x 41′ Contact Southland Log Homes for a price
Not exactly a tiny log cabin for most of us but for those who want more breathing room, this log house might be the answer. Pretty on the outside, it has a lot to offer inside as well.
If your family has too many members to fit into one of the tiny log cabins, you may consider this one.
7. Boone Log Cabin by Amish-Made Cabins
392 SQ FT 14′ x 28′ $38,738
If you are lucky enough to live close to one of the Amish communities then you don’t need any introduction to the impeccable Amish construction quality. For the rest of the US, Amish log cabin kits are not widely available for online ordering.
This small Amish log cabin kit is reasonably priced, the plan is simple, and can be modified upon request. If you are brave enough to consider ordering one, use the link below to request more information and ask about shipping cost to your location – low volume sellers may have much higher shipping charges comparing to the large log home builders.
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8. Chemung Log House by Fingerlakes Log Homes
2000 SQ FT Package Price: $45,755
The Chemung log home is listed at the $46,000 on the builder’s website. For 2000 sq. ft. 3 bedroom and 2 baths log cabin home it’s a steal.
We didn’t have time to call them and confirm this incredible deal but sometimes miracles can happen. Who doesn’t want to have nice cathedral ceilings, optional fireplace, and dining room area with French doors that open on to a spacious deck? This cabin really looks like a solid piece of real estate!
9. Mountain King Log Cabin by Conestoga Log Cabins & Homes
2 Bed – 1 Bath – 1,080 SQ FT – 20′ x 36 Standard Cabin Kit Price: $61,900
One of the best well-designed 2 bedroom log cabin kits on the market, this Mountain King model is spacious enough for a small family.
This log cabin kit can easily serve as a permanent residence for young families that just starting out or retirees who are ready to settle in a new place.
Whether you are looking for a vacation cabin or your primary residence, you will be making a solid real estate investment by building this cabin.
10. Outdoorsman Log Cabin by Conestoga Log Cabins & Homes
424 SQF – 14’7″ x 21′ 1 Bed – 1 Bath Model with Standard Cabin Kit Price: $27,900
At $27,900, the Outdoorsman log cabin kit is one of the most popular models among hunters and fishermen. It also may work well as a tiny home for a couple who can apply their DIY skills toward assembling this cabin to use as a starter home.
Many of us need just one bedroom, a bathroom and a living area with a kitchen to be happy. If there is no mortgage to pay, your life will be even happier.
11. The Starter Log Cabin by Golden Eagle Log & Timber Homes
$54,874 (First Floor 672 SQ FT | Second Floor 672 SQ FT) 8″ Quarter Log Wall System with Vertical Log Corners
Here is a log cabin garage apartment that many people assemble before building the main home. Once the primary home is built, this garage apartment is perfect for guests, visiting relatives, art studio, or a home office.
12. Red Lake Log Cabin by Golden Eagle Log & Timber Homes
$58,832 (838 SQ FT 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom) 8″ Quarter Log Wall System with Vertical Log Corners
The 2 bedroom log cabin kit features a nice home design with great curb appeal. The plan shows a lot of storage inside. One thing is a bit disappointing. though: the porch is rather small but can be extended along the bedroom wall upon request.
On the plus side, this cabin looks closer to a real house. If you’ll decide to sell it later your real estate agent may have an easier job with marketing it.
Plan PDFs On A USB Thumb Drive Packaged / Shipped To You $44.99 Per Set
13. Kristi Economy Cabin by EZ Log Structures
34′ x 20′ 600+ SQ FT Standard Kit Price: 17,868.00 USD
17,868.00 USD for 600 SQ FT log cabin kit made in the EU!
Where is the catch? It is made in Estonia, not Germany or the UK.
Well, Estonia, like Finland, is famous for log homes, cabins, saunas, and rustic stone castles. If you’d like to have German quality at half the price, this is your chance to get “discounted” log cabin kit from many of US-based dealers.
Tene of Estonia is Europe’s leading producer of interlocking building kits. With production capacity exceeding 28,000 cabins annually, we offer the best quality, selection and lead times worldwide.
To ensure prompt delivery, an inventory of over 1,500 pre-packaged buildings are ready to ship on demand.
Each building is manufactured using kiln dried northern spruce which is considered one of the most stable woods for log construction. All trees are harvested from ecologically-managed forests in Estonia and the surrounding regions.
14. Toledo D Cabin/Home by EZ Log Structures
19.5’x23.5′ + deck + loft 450 SQ FT Standard Kit Price: 26,973.00 USD
Another quality cabin kit from Estonia features a traditional layout with a porch on the front. The manufacturer claims that all cabins are super-easy to assemble.
EZ Log Structures use kiln dried spruce logs milled to perfection, so you’ll be able to assemble your log cabin like a toy puzzle! Each log is tongue and grooved with interlocking corners for easy stacking.
Matching wooden windows and doors are included. For multi-room models, the interior wall provides an additional structural strength. All interior doors a made of solid wood with a raised profile that enhances the beauty of the natural wood of the interior.
15. Riopas Cabin/Home by EZ Log Structures
21’x26′ 525 SQ FT + deck Standard Kit Price: 35,528.00 USD
16. Grill Cabin with Sauna (FREE shipping in the USA!)
Grill Cabin 177 SQ FT with Sauna extension are the perfect combination of a sauna and a relaxation area. These are popular in the Northern parts of EU where winter season is long.
Sauna extension can be easily converted to a bathroom and kitchen appliances can be added to the grill area. This Grill cabin can be a really nice starting point to building a storybook tiny house on your property to use as a guest house.
Grill Cabin walls are made of rounded spruce boards with the dimensions 45 x 145 mm. A roof is covered with bitumen shingles, there are five double glazed windows, three of which open, 3 benches in a sauna room and six benches in the cabin; two of these benches easily transform into holding benches: just turn over the additional board.
Floor is easily assembled from separate components. Grill Cabin is delivered to the customer fully complete, with detailed assembly instructions and drawings, and packed on a pallets (KIT). Grill Cabin components include eight wall panels, eight roof panels and eight floor panels. Two people can easily assemble the Grill Cabin in 10 hours.
17. Tiny Timber Solid Pine Wood Cabin Kit
This tiny cabin is a good DIY project for those people who would like to test their skills before diving into more serious log cabin building. It is easy to assemble in 1-2 days. No need for a permit. Although it can be built without a foundation, it’s a good idea to put inexpensive concrete blocks under the walls and the floor.
Perfect for a she-shed or a man-cave, or a pool or guest house on your property.
$4,750.00 9,84 ft x 9,84 ft
Get it with free shipping and practice before building a larger cabin!
Each kit includes everything you need for assembly (walls, floors, doors, logs, locks, handles, windows, doors, roof, and assembly instruction)