Modular homes and cabins appear to be popping up all over the place. I can see why; they offer a variety of housing solutions (office, shed, pool house, cabin), flexible design,  and are affordable options for those wanting to expand or build a cabin of their own.

I’ve written about plenty of companies  that offer these types of dwellings, but one new one I came across is Kanga. Out of Texas, Kanga designs prefabricated kits for cabins, sheds, and studios. Not only are their buildings beautifully crafted with pine ceilings and bamboo flooring, their website is packed with the information needed to make decisions per each individual’s need. (Many similar companies often are very vague as to cost and city code information).

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Kanga breaks down their cabin line into two categories: Cabin (for the country) and Dwell (for the city). Both designs, cottage and modern, can be built in either location. The difference is cost due to permits and city codes which is explained on their website.

Kanga Modern Dwell Cabin
Kanga Cottage Cabin
Kanga Cottage Cabin

As I’m usually interested in alternative and inexpensive housing solutions, I’ll focus on the cabin line which can be built as a stand-alone dwelling. The ‘Cottage’ plan comes in varying sizes ranging from 280 sq. ft. to 640 sq. ft. 1-bedroom plans with the option of adding a loft. The ‘Modern’ design ranges from 280 sq. ft. to 800 sq. ft. 1- or 2-bedroom plans but due to the slope of the roof, it doesn’t look like a loft is an option at this point.

However, the gallery features creative ideas people have used to create more room like mixing and matching Kanga plans and connecting them with an enclosed  or covered patio, a great way to slowly expand or grow your space.

Pricing is also very reasonable compared to similar companies. Prices range from the low $30’s to the $90’s depending on the size of the building. However, this price does not include a slab foundation, electrical, plumbing, or site preparation.

One of the benefits I noticed just by browsing the Kanga site is that in many places it welcomes phone inquiries and questions to determine if a Kanga plan is right for a building situation. An invitation to call for more information is a great way to turn an idea into an action plan.

Would you consider a Kanga plan to expand your current home or as a stand alone?

4 Comments

  1. Greg@Thriftgenuity Reply

    We recently made the decision to stay in our current location for the foreseeable future. As such, we are hitting my in-laws up to consider a move in the next few years. We’ve also talked about having enough land to build them something on the same lot we own. An option like this would be worth considering. Thanks for the info.

    • @Greg – These Kanga cabins look really great and seem affordable. Maybe your plan will work with something like this as their in-law house. Good luck!

  2. Brett @ wstreetstocks Reply

    Great housing idea! These cabins look very cool!

    • @Brett – I like that the Kanga are so colorful and not so drab. This would be a great option for a small cabin or office space.

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