Featured: Backcountry Hut Company
As much as technological advances add convenience and ease to our lives, the constant connection and beeps, buzzes, and pings vying for our attention can take their toll on our mental and spiritual well-being. Perhaps that’s why a growing population of people is choosing to unplug in a major way and pursue off-the-grid living.
In addition to providing peace of mind, living off the grid also tends to be much more affordable than traditional living, due in part to prefabricated home kits that make setting up a residence relatively cheap and easy.
Typically featuring log cabin and A-frame styles, prefabricated homes are delivered in kits that can be constructed from the ground up for a fraction of the time and money as a traditional home. Some homes can be installed in as little as a few hours, while others take a week or two to construct.
And the beauty of these kits is that they can be built virtually anywhere (zoning and coding laws permitting), making them incredibly popular for those seeking off-the-grid living.
The following prefab home kits are a stellar way to start your off-the-grid journey.
Modern Tiny Living offers a number of prefab tiny homes, but none are as suitable for off-grid living as The Nugget. The Nugget features a comprehensive off-grid package, including a solar system, propane heater, and 100-gallon freshwater tank. And while it’s just 12 square feet, its thoughtful design includes a kitchen and bedroom, and costs less than $40K.
The Backcountry Hut Company will deliver their customizable modular home kits to virtually anywhere in North America—they’ll even helicopter it down to hard-to-reach sites. The base model features 206 square feet and sleeps 2-4 people, with expansion opportunities up to 845 square feet. Prices for the homes start at less than $77K.
Energy efficient, cost effective, and space savvy, IdeaBox homes come in a ton of different styles that range from one bedroom to three. Most of the homes fall in the $150-200K range and offer plenty of opportunities to customize features, such as the cabinets, countertops, and floors. Right now, the company delivers to 13 states, mostly in the central and western U.S., with plans to expand to more states in the near future.
Method Homes is a custom manufacturer of prefab homes that focuses on beautiful and sustainable design. Its homes run the gamut of styles, from 2,000-square-foot cabins to contemporary modular homes that look like they were plucked from a Scandinavian design magazine. All of the homes offer a bevy of customization options and range from $170-$300 per square foot.
If you don’t want to sacrifice luxury on your off-the-grid journey, then the prefab kits from Blu Homes are a stunning option. While they can cost more than $500K, they offer elegant features like 15-foot ceilings, 16-foot-wide glass doors, and wraparound decks. Plus, they feature high-tech amenities, like motion-sensing faucets, electric car chargers, and air-filtration systems. And by some sort of design magic, many of them can be set up in as little as two days.