Prefabricated homes are becoming increasingly popular among those seeking more convenient and flexible housing. Because you can assemble them yourself wherever you have land, you aren’t handcuffed by the normal rules of home purchasing and ownership. While often pricey, especially if you have people assemble them for you, these particular arched cabins are both practical and affordable.
Created by Arched Cabins, these cozy structures make excellent homes both for vacationing and for real, everyday life. The company is based outside of Houston Texas and has a team of builders in New Mexico, and they ship to every U.S. state except for Hawaii and Alaska.
Made from galvanized steel, these cabins are completely customizable. The most basic kit comes with floor plates, ribs, ridge beam, standard R13 insulation, Super Span roof paneling, trim, and fasteners.
You can build it yourself, or if you’re not particularly handy (or don’t mind the expense), you can pay extra to have the company assemble and ship it to you. According to the company’s website they can put the cabin kits together in about 3 days, and should you chose to take it on yourself, you and a friend could have it done in about the same amount of time.
So… Let’s Talk Numbers!
This cabin is not only unique and beautiful, it’s also surprisingly affordable. The kit for a 12′ by 24′ one room cabin, which includes a bathroom and kitchen, costs around $5,000 USD. If you’re looking for something that can fit the whole family, they also have a 20′ by 30′ cabin with three bedrooms that rings in at just under $10,000 USD.
How About Some Logistics?
The company certainly had durability in mind when creating these homes. Designed to withstand winds of up to 150 mph, these cabins are well insulated and can easily be taken off grid, especially with the help of some solar panels. Considering the size, it definitely wouldn’t take much electricity to power this thing.
The fun thing about these cabins is they are completely customizable, so you can tailor your home to meet your own unique needs and lifestyle.
The Tiny House Movement
If you have not heard of the Tiny House Movement, it is essentially a new wave of thinking that encourages people to forget the typical “American Dream” of owning a large fancy house full of materialistic goods — a dream that requires us to spend our entire lives working to pay off our mortgage and debt. Having a tiny home allows you to spend more of your time doing other things you enjoy in life, like travelling more frequently and spending more time with friends and family. It can also place an early retirement within reach.
This way of life is certainly not for everyone, but it does align with many people’s values and offers a new perspective on what matters in life.
Bryce Langston, the founder and creator of Living Big In A Tiny Home, is someone who feels passionately about the benefits of tiny homes. Here is some of what he had to say about them:
Tiny Homes are important because they offer an alternative to the cycle of debt. They can provide people with secure housing, without the compromise of life-long mortgage debt, or on-going rent payments.
I believe that our current housing models, along with the government and economic policies that have created this paradigm are an affront to basic human decency. I don’t think that it should be a life-long struggle to maintain a roof over your head.
We live in a society which encourages us to purchase more and more, and validate ourselves through our material possessions. Not only is this unhealthy for ourselves, it’s also unsustainable for the planet. Living in Tiny Homes helps us to moderate our consumption, and that can only be beneficial for the earth.
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