If you have a limited budget for a prefab house, researching affordable prefab cabin kits or tiny log cabin kits seems like the most logical step. Attractive up-front prices are really motivating but we all know that buying a tiny house or one of the prefab log cabins 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 small 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 tiny log cabins on your own?
- 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 you qualified to take care of all the wiring including switches, ceiling fans, panel boxes, outlets, interior, and exterior lighting?
- Are you comfortable doing 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 on 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 your small log cabin and dealing with problems such as parts being cut to the 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 small 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:
|Small 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 any of the log cabin kits you are considering are suitable DIY projects for your budget and skill level.
Another possibility would be ordering small log cabin kits from overseas. Some of the EU Eastern countries like Poland or Estonia often have incredible deals on quality log cabin kits. Just look at these cabins here, for example.
1. Cuddly Cub Prefab Tiny Log Cabin by TarRiver Log Homes
168 SQ FT Priced under $17,400
This is definitely one of the loveliest 1 bedroom tiny log cabin kits with a covered porch and a simple floor plan. The cute front porch looks almost as large as the living area.
Cuddly Cub model looks and feels like one of the small cabin kits that is very well worth the listed price. However, it never hurts to ask if the manufacturer would be willing to negotiate. You may use this link to submit a question for the manufacturer of this beautiful and cute cabin – TarRiver Log Homes.
2. Gateway Tiny 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 the DIY assembly process, go with pre-built cabins.
3. “Paddington” Prefab Log Cabin by TarRiver Log Homes
336 SQ FT Priced under: $22,900
This chalet-style tiny recreational cabin has plenty of room for 2 or can even accommodate a small family on a short vacation. There is one small bedroom with a bathroom and a built-in closet.
The living area provides space for a pull-out sofa and a dining table. There is no loft over the bedroom but you can easily add a small one for 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.
4. “Escape” Tiny Log Cabin by BZB Cabins and Outdoors
113 SQ FT Priced under $4,790 ( see this post for special discounts )
If you are looking for really tiny log cabin kits then this popular Escape model is very well worth your consideration. With an impressive covered porch, this DIY cabin kit can make a great place for you to relax away from your main house.
The plan features one room where you may set up an office or a workshop. Can this cabin be used as a starting point for a tiny house? Of course! Log cabin kits, in general, are a bit more expensive than comparable in-size tiny house kits. The difference in price is paid for the quality logs that usually are more environmentally friendly than less expensive materials used for building tiny homes.
This is why this model has been among the best-selling tiny log cabins in the EU.
5. Timbertrail Tiny Log Cabin
392 SQ FT 14′ x 20′ Complete Package Price: $33,150
The Timbertrail tiny log cabin looks really cozy in 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.
6. Bears Den Log Cabin by TarRiver Log Homes
624 SQ FT Priced under $30,000
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. Not all small cabin kits like this one can brag about 2 bedrooms, a full bathroom, a kitchen opens to the living room, and a sizable porch for under $30K.
If your family has too many members to fit into one of the tiny log cabins, you may consider this one. Use this link to submit a question for the manufacturer of this Bears Den small log cabin kit.
7. Boone Log Cabin Tiny House 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 costs to your location – low-volume sellers may have much higher shipping charges comparing to the large log home builders.
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8. “Smokey Bear” Tiny Log House by TarRiver Log Homes
400 SQ FT Priced under $25,999
The Smokey Bear log home is listed at $25,999 on the builder’s website. This tiny log cabin home offers you a bathroom with a full bathtub! This is a nicely designed kit with a pretty logical and functional floor plan.
The porch can serve as a nice extension to the great room and can be screened or converted into a winter garden. With this additional space, this house can be perfect for 1 or 2 people to live full time or use as a vacation cabin. Use this link to submit a question for the manufacturer of this Smokey Bear small log cabin kit.
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. Litte Bear Tiny Log Cabin by TarRiver Log Homes
144 SQ FT Cabin Kit Priced under $16,500
At $16,500, the Little Bearlog cabin kit is one of the most popular models among hunters and fishermen. It may not work well as a tiny home since there are no built-in conveniences. Not to worry! This log cabin manufacturer has a whole array of tiny cabin kits of different sizes that are affordable and have bathrooms and kitchens.
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. If you are looking for something a bit bigger or simply have a question use this link to contact the manufacturer.
11. The Den Cabin Kit by DEN Outdoors
115 sq ft. (no permit required in many locations)
$18,000 Stage 1 Payment (fabrication of your kit)
$7,000 Stage 2 Payment (shipment of your kit)
Well, this is not a log cabin kit but it’s so cool that we have decided to put it here. The Den A-frame Cabin is the only kit that can be fully assembled in as little as 3 days. A timeless A-frame to relax and sleep in, work out, or a place to focus and do some work. Available in 3 exterior finishes. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide a wide and unobstructed view of the natural landscape.
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 a 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 a “discounted” log cabin kit from many 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.
307 SQ FT Priced under $17,450 ( see this post for additional exclusive discounts )
Another quality cabin kit from the EU features a simple layout with a double-door entrance on the front. The manufacturer claims that this particular log cabin kit would be easy to assemble in 2-3 days. However, if needed, they can provide a very qualified installation crew to complete the assembly in 1-2 days max.
The provided kit has no inner walls. Of course, you may design your own floor plan and include a bathroom and a small kitchen. If you have any questions, please read this post first and contact the manufacturer through a special form located here.
*Please, note that Craft-Mart worked out an exclusive discount for our visitors that are interested in BZB cabins. You may find the codes for the current BZB cabins discounts on this page.
15. Riopas Small Cabin Home by EZ Log Structures
21’x26′ 525 SQ FT + deck Standard Kit Price: 35,528.00 USD
16. Tiny Grill Cabin with Sauna by BZB Cabins and Outdoors
Hexagonal plan 93 SQ FT priced under $7,600
This 93 SQ FT Grill Cabin is a perfect combination of cooking and relaxation area. These are popular in the Northern parts of the EU where the winter season is long.
This hexagonal cabin can be a really nice starting point for building a storybook tiny house on your property to use as a guest house in case you don’t want to use it as a BBQ cabin.
Grill Cabin walls are made of rounded spruce boards. There are three double pane windows and 5 benches.
BBQ Cabin kit is delivered to the customer fully complete, with detailed assembly instructions and drawings. Two people can easily assemble the Grill Cabin in 3 days.
Contact manufacturer here if you like this BBQ cabin.
17. Tiny Cabin Kit with a Porch – “Cascade” by BZB Cabins and Outdoors
Inside floor plan 112 SQ FT priced under $4,700 (plus $75 OFF exclusive Craft-Mart discount “CRAFTMART”)
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 2-3 days. No need for a permit (in many areas). Although it can be built without a foundation, it’s always 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.
Contact manufacturer here, get this exclusive deal, and practice before building a larger cabin!
Each kit includes everything you need for assembly (floors, doors, logs, handles, windows, roof (shingles are optional), and assembly instruction). The only thing you’d need is a foundation (which can be added to the kit).
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*If you are looking for something more sophisticated than any of the log cabins listed in this post then take a look at these amazing pre-built cabins and custom designs from Poland (all available for shipping to the US and Canada)