While the phrase “cabin kit” may evoke images of small one room dwellings deep in the thick woods with nary an appliance or amenity in sight, the reality of modern cabins and cabin kits is quite different. The meaning of the term cabin has been updated as much as the structure itself. While the cabins of old were in fact one room homes built in response to westward expansion in the growing United States of the 18th and 19th centuries, the 20th and 21st century cabin can be anything from a pioneer replica, to a five –plus bedroom mansion with balconies and a hot tub.
In the 1960s and 1970s when cabins and cabin kits saw a bit of a rebirth thanks to an emphasis on green living and a back to nature attitude and awareness, the prevailing purpose was for that of a second or vacation home. Prudent home owners who had found a spot where they could get away from it all, bought cabin kits and placed them in idyllic settings to be enjoying two, three, or four times a year. These cabin kits were both luxurious and simple. Most had balconies and huge glass windows in their open floor plans.
Over the last twenty years, cabin kits have not only expanded their niche as vacation homes, but have become an option as a first home. Now, home owners can have that natural feel of wood in a home that has all the amenities of any modern traditionally built home, but with half the headache of an on-site home. With modern cabin kits, gone are the days of weather delayed construction and an even-growing build cost due to last minute changes in plans and prices. Gone are the exorbitant prices of specialized windows and doors – these are now all included in your cabin kit.
The cabin kit of this decade cannot easily be distinguished from any other home in the neighborhood. It has all the choice and amenity of any other home. You can now customize a cabin kit that already comes in a Victorian, tutor, or ranch style home. So what are you waiting for?