“I wanted to build something,” Jennifer Buck says. So she’s building a two-story, 2,000-square-foot home in Sharon, Conn. – from a kit.
“I’m going to be 48. Before I get any older, I’m doing it,” Buck adds. Though she admits to one important weakness: “I’m awful at measuring.”
You’d think that might be a deal breaker. Apparently not.
Dave Kimball of New Hampshire-based Shelter-Kit, which sold Buck her home, says most of the kits his company sells are custom-designed; it’s not a one-size-fits-all business.
“The size seems to vary year-by-year,” Kimball says.
Buck says her motivation was having an affordable home. Average wage earners couldn’t afford a median-priced home in 68 percent of 446 U.S. counties analyzed in an ATTOM Data Solutions report released in March. The counties included in the study represent nearly 70 percent of the U.S. population.
Labor costs are one reason. Though Buck wanted a simple design, contractors were submitting quotes of $400,000, she says. Buck’s DIY “home in a box,” built on 3 acres she has owned for years, is nearly completed and will cost about half that. And that includes a new $25,000 septic…