If you have always dreamed of taking time off from work or spending weekends building a dream cottage or other getaway that you and you family could enjoy, there are several small house options available. Most are fairly easy to build. It is important to check local zoning ordinances to make certain that the type of house you want to build is allowed. For example, some cities or counties require houses to be a certain square footage and be attached permanently, and would therefore potentially not allow a "tiny" house on a piece of property to stand as a permanent residence.


An A-frame house is one of the easiest houses to build. The A-frame design alleviates the need to build a traditional roof, since the walls come together to form the top of a triangle. A-frame houses are also aesthetically pleasing to the eye and work well in a wooded setting. There are several companies that offer kits for small- to medium-sized A-frame structures.

Tiny House Kits

There are a number of "tiny" house plans available for purchase through companies such as "TumbleWeed and Tiny Green Houses." You can opt for a 117-square foot tiny house that you can build or have shipped to you already assembled. Tiny houses have become quite popular with people who don't want to go into debt by taking out a mortgage for a large home as well as people who want to minimize their impact on their environment and save money on expenditures such as large utility bills. The interesting thing about most of these designs is that they are built on wheeled trailers so that they can be moved as needed.

Cabin and Cabin Kits

Cabin kits range from the very basic to much more elaborate designs. You can order a kit that contains almost all the parts necessary to build your cabin yourself. Alternatively, you can also purchase just the plans for a cabin and then have your lumber cut to order at a building supply company. In this case, you will have the responsibility of making sure you have all the parts and fittings that you need and that the construction is up to code.


Yurt kits provide an affordable alternative to more traditional homes and are sold by a number of companies. Yurts are dome-like structures made of a durable canvas material placed over prefab wooden support beams. Yurt kits come in a variety of sizes to suit individuals, couples as well as larger families. There are also a number of additional options you can include in your order. In addition, yurts are often modular, meaning that you can expand your living space by simply building another yurt next to it and connecting the two.