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10 tiny homes you can buy online

From tiny cabins that sell for under $9,000 to converted shipping containers that sell for over $40,000, there's a surprising amount of choice when it comes to buying a tiny home on the internet.

Allwood Summerlight | 150 SQF Cabin Kit - $8,920

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For people who have been priced out of the traditional housing market, don't need a ton of space or prefer creating a smaller carbon footprint, some have found tiny homes a suitable alternative to larger, pricier houses.

A tiny house isn't just a home that's smaller than usual. While definitions vary by state, county, city or other jurisdiction, the — which many communities base their building codes upon — classifies a tiny home as "a dwelling that is 400 square feet or less in floor area, excluding lofts." 

It's not uncommon for people to have tiny homes custom-built on the site of their choice, but that's not the only option. There are tiny homes for sale online that can be delivered to their new owners. Most often, these tiny homes arrive as kits that have to be built, and many don't include everything required to move in, such as plumbing or electrical components. Others are not sold as tiny homes but instead as cabins or sheds that could become unique living quarters with some elbow grease and creativity.

From cabins to shipping containers, there are a range of options (and price variations) out there. These tiny houses can be a big step toward homeownership for someone handy (or with skillful friends) who can invest a little time and cash. 

Allwood Summerlight Cabin Kit

This little cabin could be transformed into a distinctive tiny house. Two adults can assemble it in about three days with only minimal tools. The kit includes all construction materials for walls, floor and roof, and pre-hung and glazed double doors and windows. Although the plexiglass on the roof has moderate load-bearing strength, it does not have a snow load rating. The Summerlight is available through Amazon from the Allwood Outlet.

Allwood Summerlight | 150 SQF Cabin Kit
Allwood
amazon.com
$8920.00

The FarmHouse Cedarshed

Although it is sold as a shed, this rustic building could be a charming tiny home. It features a 4-foot deep porch, 5-foot-wide double doors and two windows with planter boxes and decorative shutters. The cedar building includes all hardware, plexiglass windows and panelized Western red cedar wall sections for easy assembly. It is available from multiple sellers on Amazon.

FarmHouse 20 x 14 by Cedarshed
Cedarshed
amazon.com
$14910.56

Modular USA 20 ECO Prefabricated Modular Container House

This prefabricated tiny home manufactured from durable fabricated steel panels is weather- and leak-proof. It is insulated, has a bathroom and a small kitchenette, and is ready to live in. The 20-foot long container home is available from Florida-based Global Modulars via Amazon.

Prefabricated Modular Container House
Modular USA Corporation
amazon.com
$29000.00

Outdoor Living Today Studio Cedar Garden Shed

It may be marketed as a "she-shed," but this 96-square-foot cedar building might make an ideal tiny home. It takes two people two to three days to screw or nail the panelized walls together on the supplied floor with provided hardware and install the five aluminum windows (two with screens) and the solid Fiberglass locking door, which is primed and requires painting. It is available on Amazon from Outdoor Living Today.

Outdoor Living Today Studio 12x8
Outdoor Living Today
amazon.com
$8967.84

EZ Supply Modern 1 Bedroom Tiny House

This 20-foot container home has been converted into a one-bedroom tiny house. Along with insulation, electricity and plumbing are included. Unlike wood-based kits, container homes are essentially pre-built and don't require as much construction. Available on Amazon from Kemetic Logistics.

EZ Supply Modern 1 Bedroom Tiny House
EZ Supply
amazon.com
$27997.00

Seaspray Ultimate Tiny Home

The "Seaspray" is a 270 square foot, one-bedroom DIY tiny home that includes a pre-assembled framing kit to install on your concrete slab. It is engineered to withstand extreme weather conditions, heavy snow loads and Category 5 winds. This kit only includes the frame and not other materials, such as windows, doors, electrical or plumbing. It is available from The Home Depot.

Seaspray Ultimate 270 sq. ft. 1 Bedroom Tiny Home
Imagine Kit Homes
homedepot.com
$22997.00

Hud-1 EZ Buildings Cottage Log Cabin

This 364-square-foot building also features 30 square feet of porch space. The layout consists of a bedroom, bathroom, and living area. The kit includes exterior and interior walls, windows, doors, deck boards, latches and locks. Roof covering material and are not included. It should take a 3-person team approximately 32-40 hours to build. The cottage is available from The Home Depot.

Cottage 26 ft. x 14 ft. Log Cabin Pool Garden House D.I.Y. Building Kit
Hud-1 EZ Buildings
homedepot.com
$46999.00

Arlan Wood Log DIY Building Kit

This 423-square-foot potential tiny home features a 55-square-foot bonus room. The kit includes interlocking exterior and interior wall logs, roof deck boards, handcrafted double-glass windows, locks, latches and wood and glass doors. It does not have a floor or insulation. The Arlan is available from The Home Depot.

Arlan Wood Log Hobby Workshop Office D.I.Y. Building Kit
Hud-1 EZ Buildings
homedepot.com
$27836.67

Camp Reynolds Wood Storage Building

This storage building kit could become a two-story tiny home with 448-square-feet and two floors of unobstructed space. There is a 20-foot long dormer with two windows on one side of the roof. The kit includes four insulated windows with shutters, a door, walls and trusses. All required nails, hardware, glue are included, as well. A foundation is needed, and the floor is not provided. The siding is primed and will require painting. The building is available from The Home Depot.

Camp Reynolds 28 ft. x 16 ft. Wood Storage Building
Best Barns
homedepot.com
$24122.19

Container Home / Tiny House - Pre-Fabricated, Furnished, Brand New, Custom Home
Miranda 40ft Shipping Container Home
amazon.com

The "Miranda" is a water-tight, insulated shipping container transformed into a 320 square foot tiny house with a fireplace, space for seating, a kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a double French door leading outside. There is even a full-size washer and dryer in the bathroom. It's available from Tailored Container Homes on Amazon. The delivery fee is mileage-based and there is also a setup fee.