Best for a Guest House: Plus1 Seaspray Ultimate Steel Frame Building Kit With Front Deck
View at The Home Depot ($33,819)
Who it’s for: People who live in hurricane-prone areas. The steel frame can handle category-5 winds.
Who it’s not for: Those who aren’t construction-savvy. This kit only includes the house’s steel frame, so you’ll need to choose and purchase the other materials.
While many tiny house kits use wood framing, if your geographic location experiences hurricanes or heavy snow, you may want to consider a steel-frame kit, like this tiny house. This petite home features three rooms—intended to be used as a bathroom, kitchen-and-living-space combo, and a bedroom—and would work well as a guest house for one or two people or as a detached mother-in-law suite. The retro, clean-lined design pairs nicely with mid-century modern homes, and a deck lets guests get some fresh air.
It’s important to note that this kit only contains steel framing (and the necessary hardware to erect it). While architectural plans are included, you’ll need to provide all of the additional materials, such as windows, doors, and siding. This does, however, give you the freedom to customize the design and better meet any local zoning requirements. A 50-year warranty shows this kit is built to last.
- Size: 270 square feet of interior space, 133 square feet of porch space
- Assembly time: Up to five days
- What’s included: Hardware, steel framing, flooring system
- What’s not included: Foundation, wall siding, roof boards, floorboards, door, windows, shingles, insulation, plumbing, electrical, paint or stain
- Warranty: 50 years