A kit home is a type of prefabricated home where all the structural parts are pre-cut in a factory. They are then placed in flat-packs and delivered with instructions to be assembled on-site. A kit home includes all the exterior materials of the house but not the interior. The finishings, electricity and plumbing or not included.
Kit homes can be ordered in many different sizes and styles. Their building method is similar to ordering a piece of unassembled furniture from IKEA; it comes in a box with instructions and you have to put it together.
Kit homes were first introduced in the United States and Canada in the early 19th century and were available by mail order through catalogs. Sears & Roebuck sold its first kit homes through catalog sales over 100 years ago.
- Mill-cut houses
- Pre-cut houses
- Ready-cut houses
- Mail order homes
- Catalog homes