Modular Homes Also Come as Kits

January 7, 2011

Modular homes are many times built before they are delivered to the lot. Other times they are shipped to the lot as a kit with all components pre-cut and ready to be assembled.

A Tilton, NH-based company, Shelter-Kit, has been shipping ready-to-assemble home and barn packages for over 40 years.

The company sells a number of small size custom post and beam barns, sheds and buildings. Shelter-Kit president, Dave Kimball believes his company provides its customers with substantially more benefits than the average pre-built shed sold at many big-box home and garden retailers.  The choices in small buildings are versatile, both aesthetically and functionally. The buildings have been used for storage, workshops, barns, pool houses, garages, garden sheds and hobby spaces.

Kimball says the company’s first product – the Unit One cabin, a 12’x12’ structure – is still sold and has even been made into a backyard office. Other customers have purchased additional units so the can add on to the original structure. This kit is priced at $10,700.

According to Kimball, he has witnessed an increase in customer interest for his kit options, citing two primary reasons. “First, a number of people are interested in building their own unit, second, it saves money.”

Today, Shelter-Kit’s customizable barn-style buildings start with a compact 16’x 16’ and are available in larger sizes, up to 36’ wide. They are created individually for each customer with high quality wood materials and hardware (of substantially better quality than what is found in most “standard” sheds). Most kits include roofs but no HVAC, plumbing, or electrical packages.

All Shelter-Kit products are produced as a pre-cut kit – specifically designed to be assembled by amateurs with no prior building experience.  Since the “Unit One” cabin, the company has expanded its product line, including a modular and expandable “Lofthouse”, plus barn and garage kits.

Shelter-Kit products are designed to be buttoned up quickly and easily – they can be assembled by only two people in 3 -15 days, depending upon the size of the structure.

’The Do-it-Yourself’ nature of our product allows customers significant cost savings, but with the ability to maintain exceptional quality,” says Kimball.  “There are no added expenses of contractors and builders, plus since all of our products are manufactured at our facility, there is significantly less waste.”

This series on modular homes will conclude by reporting on how green some of these products are, from the perspectives of manufacturing, shipping, and final destination.



Glenn Meyers

Writer, documentary producer, and director. Meyers is a contributor to CleanTechnica, and founder of Green Streets MediaTrain, a communications connection and eLearning hub. As an independent producer, he's been involved in the development, production and distribution of television and distance learning programs for both the education industry and corporate sector. He also is an avid gardener and loves sustainable innovation.