architectural drawings on a small adu kit build with a little house sitting on the table

Thousands of construction companies build accessory dwelling units (ADUs). Many offer turnkey solutions, doing everything from the plan and permit submissions to handover. But what about homeowners with DIY savvy who want to build their own ADU or hire labor to do it for them?

One way to build your own ADU is to find a company that supplies ADU kits. When I saw some companies advertising ADU building kits online, I decided to find some more and check them out. Some only supply certain areas, while others will ship countrywide.

Here’s what I found.

The idea of kit homes isn’t new. Companies have been selling them for decades as a low-cost solution for housing. The idea of ADUs isn’t new, either. So, it’s unsurprising that many companies are now marketing their kits as the ideal solution for DIY-friendly ADUs.

Two other ways to build an ADU are traditional ground-up construction or buying a prefab or modular solution. See how we compare those two options here.

ADU kits range from those that include just the basic structure to those that include everything. Some even come with foundation materials and hardware for doors and windows.

They may include plumbing and electrical fittings or be offered as an upgrade. Most have detailed instructions that a keen DIY enthusiast will be able to follow. 

A Note About Laws

State, city, and county regulations vary, which is why you should check to see if you can even build an ADU in the first place. Some lot coverage might limit size. The California State code, for example, has a minimum size for ADUs of 150 square feet (13.94 square meters).

Another common restriction is that ADUs cannot be more than 50 percent of the size of the single-family residence on the property.

According to the National Association of Realtors, an ADU in Portland, Oregon, can be up to 75 percent of the square footage of the main house, as long as it isn’t bigger than 800 square feet (74.32 square meters).

In general, it’s just a good idea to know what your city and county allow and to check with the building and permit department on what you can and cannot do.

Companies That Make ADU Kits

In alphabetical order, here are 24 companies I found that make ADU kits. Most make primary home kits and ADUs, so the size range is incredibly varied.

You will find that there are models that will suit the variable needs of homeowners while meeting city and county requirements. So, dive in and explore.

Before you order, be sure you know what the kit includes. It might just be the structure. Most kits don’t include plumbing and other utilities, and many don’t include finishes of any kind.

1. Allwood Outlet

The New Jersey-based Allwood Outlet sells small, midsize, and large cabins, many of which will be ideal for ADUs. Sizes cover every possible need, and prices are hugely competitive. But the kits are very basic.

Lots of their products are available on Amazon, and free shipping is a common feature.

Wooden cabin with a pent roof and lots of tall windows. There is a green lawn in front and trees behind.
Allwood makes a range of wooden cabins to suit everyone. Image courtesy of Allwood Outlet

Some of the small, very basic designs will take a couple of experienced amateur handymen less than a week to build. But if you’re building an ADU, you’ll need utilities, and you won’t be able to install these without professional help. Installation of utilities will also add time (and money) to your project.

2. Avrame Homes

If you’re looking for a tiny ADU, Avrame USA might be able to provide the answer. The tiniest unit they sell as a kit is just 140 square feet (13 square meters) in size.

It comes with architectural and structural engineering details as well as plans for the foundation and structure, pre-cut components, and custom hardware.

Avrame Solo series cabin in a wooded setting
Avrame’s distinct A-frame kit, the Solo. Image courtesy of Avrame.

Even the factory-fabricated roof trusses are pre-cut and pre-drilled to make it super-easy to erect the roof structure. You will also get custom hardware in the form of bolts and washers for trusses.

The company also supplies step-by-step plans that enable customers to create their own tiny ADU homes. If you have the building experience, you can do it on your own. Otherwise, hire a contractor.

You can choose whether to buy the minimum kit option that will enable you to build the basic structure or to add the interior and/or exterior kits. Check the company’s website to make sure you understand what they provide.

A layered image showing the frame, joints and exterior of an Avrame A-frame studio.
The Shell Kit is one of the four kits you can purchase from Avrame. Image courtesy of Avrame.

3. Bungalow in a Box

The name says it all. You get an ADU bungalow delivered to your home, in a box!

Suitable sizes range from 192 square feet (17.84 square meters) to a much larger 1,152 square foot (107.02-square-meter) structure. But they also supply much larger kits such as a panel-frame structure that was 4,400 square feet (408.77 square meters) in size!

280 square foot Pocono cabin by Bungalow in a Box, at the edge of a forest
The 280-sq. ft. Pocono. Image courtesy of Bungalow in a Box.

This company, based in Maine, has been going since 1998. They specialize in what they call panel-framed structures. The techniques you need to assemble a Bungalow in a Box are efficient and quick to learn and do.

What’s different about this kit-building company is that they meet with all their clients and custom-design their ADU kits. Once the company approves the client’s design, they will fabricate the kit. 

4. California Modulars

California is a state leader in ADUs, so it stands to reason there will be some top ADU kit companies in the state.

California Modulars advertises itself as a one-stop-shop. Customers have the option to buy shell-package kits, order according to their own plans, or get the company to do it all for them.

Shell kits include wood-framed wall panels, trusses or pre-cut roofing joists, pre-cut beams and posts, and any framing materials needed. They also include:

  • windows,
  • exterior doors,
  • exterior house wrap,
  • weather barrier materials,
  • pre-stained or painted sidings,
  • pre-cut metal roofing and underlayment,
  • fascia and soffits,
  • decking,
  • and anything else needed to complete the exterior shell.
Modern-looking modular home by California Modulars. It has a pent roof and large windows and a paved seating area to the left.
The modern design of this ADU can even rival traditional homes. Image courtesy of California Modulars.

Local subcontractors will need to complete the drywall, insulation, electricity, and plumbing, as well as the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) requirements. None of these materials are in the kit.

Finish kits include interior doors, tiles, flooring, cabinets, plumbing, lighting, countertops, hardware, and just about everything else. But, of course, this all impacts your final price. So check with the company to be sure.

5. Cedarshed

If you are dreaming of a backyard bedroom shed, Cedarshed might have the answer. You’ll have to add all the necessary utilities, but the kit will provide you with the basics. You will even get decorative shutters and planter boxes, and the best thing?

Shipping is free.

A Cedarshed farmhouse shed cabin
The Farmhouse Shed Kit, available in different sizes. Image courtesy of Cedarshed.

Just a reminder, you will need some basic carpentry skills to put Cedarshed kits together.

6. Deltec Homes

Deltec Homes, based in North Carolina, specializes in intriguing custom roundhouses that are available in prefabricated kits. Because there are no load-bearing walls inside these homes, floor plans are all totally custom. You decide what you want. They ship kits in panels, which is ideal for DIY builders.

While Deltec designs aren’t specifically aimed at the ADU market, they fit the niche perfectly.

Typical sizes range from 700-1,000 square feet (65.03-92.90 square meters), 1,100-2,400 square feet (102.19-222.97 square meters), and bigger. 

Standard kits only include the shell, though. If you want siding, windows, porches, and other extras, it’s going to cost you more.

circular deltec prefabricated home
Example of a 972-sq. ft. roundhouse. Image courtesy of Deltec.

A welcome benefit of Deltec Homes is that the company is committed to green building goals. Their mission incorporates environmental responsibility, and they encourage customers to go the green route.

If you’re looking for an ADU kit that will deliver a net-zero home, this is one option you mustn’t ignore.

7. Eco Home

Designed as tiny homes, Eco Home kits are LEED Platinum-certified, net-zero, and off the grid. So if you want a green ADU kit, this is a prime option. Designs make the best of passive solar gain and are ideal for holiday homes or ADUs.

Exterior view of an Eco Home L'Abri house
The 488 sq. ft. L’Abri tiny house. Image courtesy of Eco Home.

ADU kits include exterior walls, prefinished roofs, and high-performance triple-glazed windows and doors. There are also options for garages.

Interior view of an Eco Home L'Abri house
Inside the L’Abri. Image courtesy of Eco Home.

Eco Home’s standard prefab LEED dressing is 513 square feet (47.66 square meters) in size and it has only two rooms. 

The kit plans do include kitchen and bathroom areas, although you will have to organize your own materials and professionals to complete these areas.

What you will get is a great prefabricated, energy-efficient design in kit form.

8. EZ Log Structures

EZ Log Structures specializes in an enormous range of DIY building kits.

You can buy anything online from basic 35-square-foot (3.25-square-meter) shed and cabins, to homes that are 2,046 square feet (190.08 square meters) in size. 

Of course, the favorite ADU sizes are all available too, in one and two-story configurations. Some prices include free shipping.

Photo of EZ Log Structures Estonia model
The Estonia, 733 sq. ft. Image Courtesy of EZ Log Structures.

EZ Log Structures’ kits are simple and easy to assemble. The smooth, milled logs are interlocking and, once you assemble the structure, all you do is seal or paint it. The company includes all doors and windows in its kits.

The company has been operating in North America for more than 10 years and has offices in the US and Canada. 

9. Hardware Hawaii

Hardware Hawaii is a local company that offers five ADU models with a bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen.

Designs range in size from 400-800 square feet (37.16-74.32 square meters). They cater specifically to the local community, including helpful information on local laws. So, if you live in Hawaii, this is an excellent option for your ADU.

adu builder
Photo by David Croxford. Courtesy of Hawaii Home and Remodeling Magazine.

10. Jamaica Cottage Shop

The Jamaica Cottage Shop has several ADU options, all of which offer free shipping. Kits are pre-cut and include everything from floor systems and walls to doors, windows, and roofs. Some designs include a loft and a loft ladder.

Jamaica Cottage Shop Vermont Cabin 600 square foot cabin with an addition and shed dormer.
With a loft, the Vermont Cabin has 1200 total sq. ft. Image courtesy of Jamaica Cottage Shop.

Jamaica Cottage Shop designs are post-and-beam, timber-frame designs that usually include a covered porch. Smaller designs can be mobile.  

These ingenious ADU kits come with all the instructions handy adults need to put them together. The materials the kits include are all color-coded to make sure you get it right when you put it together.

11. Kanga Room Systems

Based in Texas, Kanga Room Systems offer convenient prefab home kits that are ideal for tiny homes and ADUs.

According to the company, building contractors assemble most of their cabin and home kits. But everything in their kits is pre-cut and supplied in panels that a savvy DIY builder can handle.

Kanga Room Systems Modern Dwell 14x14s
Make it a double! image courtesy of Kanga Room Systems.

Kits include pre-framed walls, all the roof materials you need as well as rafters and decking. They make ADU ceilings from tongue-and-groove pine and have options for interior walls. You can specify your own doors and windows.

As with most of the kits featured, professionals must do all the plumbing and electrics to make sure they are legal. Foundations and decking aren’t generally included in kits.

12. KitHAUS

A well-established California company that’s been going since 2005, KitHAUS specializes in prefab modules that are ideal for ADUs. But they are all small, so you won’t get a unit that’s any bigger than 330 square feet (30.66 square meters).

A dark wood timber garden building with large windows and a wooden deck in a leafy garden.
The k2.10 cube from the k3 series. Image courtesy of KitHAUS.

What’s really cool is that there are standard options that include bathrooms, kitchens, and outdoor showers.

All kits are pre-engineered at their factory and delivered to your site.

13. Mighty Small Homes

Contrary to their name, Mighty Small Homes aren’t that small! This Kentucky-based company offers a range of kits, many of which you will find ideal for your new ADU.

Like many ADU kit suppliers, Mighty Small Homes supplies the basics in their kits. You will have to construct your own foundations, but you will get the exterior walls, roof panels, and the ridge beam.

You will also get the house wrap, roofing felt for the underlay, the plate lumber, and about 160 feet (14.86 square meters) of wire chases.

Computer rendering of The Modern house by Mighty Small Homes.
The Modern, 256 sq. ft. Image courtesy of Mighty Small Homes.

You also won’t get the SIPs subfloor, upgraded exterior walls or roof panels, windows, doors, skylights, or exterior wall wiring chases or plumbing chases. If you want classic metal roofing, you’re also going to have to pay more.

Some interior finishes are included, and there are specified extras that you can go for, including a standard-sized loft.

14. Q-haus

Q-haus produces prefabricated modular wooden structures, including houses that qualify as ADUs.

The company’s modular Cliff house is a great ADU option. At 785 square feet (72.93 square meters), it’s small, but can be a perfect solution for family use and for rentals.

Designs include as many as three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

TEO modular house by Q-haus.
Each module of the TEO is just under 200 sq. ft. to customize the size of your ADU. Image courtesy of Q-haus.

Q-haus structures comprise two modules that make assembly easy. It is possible to customize various options including materials and colors. It can take less than a day for the house to be usable after assembly begins.

15. Shelter-Kit

Shelter-Kit has been producing home, barn, cabin, and garage kits for more than 50 years.

Manufactured from wood, they feature pre-cut joints that are easy for amateur builders to slot together. Instruction manuals are also easy-to-understand.

Photo of the Morgan house by Shelter Kit
The 330 sq. ft. Morgan house. Image courtesy of Shelter-Kit.

Kits from Shelter-Kit include everything that you will need to build a weather-tight shell on the foundation you construct.

Everything you need to build the shell is in the kit, but not doors and windows. The kit also comes with an illustrated construction manual that any competent handyman can follow.

Although structural drawings are not included in the kit, the company will provide these for a fee.

16. Star Energy

Star Energy’s tiny home kit, which is ideal as an ADU, includes floor, wall, roof panels, and metal roof sheets. The kit provides all the lumber you will ever need, as well as windows, nails, doors, door knobs, 4×2 interior framing partitions, adhesives, and screws.

It also comes with full assembly instructions.

a birds eye view of an adu kit floorplan, showing the whole house layout
Computer rendering of a top-down view of a 740-sq. ft. tiny house. Image courtesy of Star Energy.

Whether you opt for a one-bedroom, one-bathroom or two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit, you can build it on a concrete slab or a low-cost structurally insulated panel (SIP) system floor. Electrical and plumbing elements aren’t included in the kit.

17. Steelblox

Based in California, Steelblox specializes in modern and sustainable ADUs that are easy to build quickly. Popular models range in size from 120 to 1,280 square feet (11.15-118.92 square meters).

Steelblox designs are clean and modern, and they are also energy efficient. If you want a net-zero ADU, look at a Steelblox unit for inspiration.

The Model 2 ADU by Steelblox
Model 2 comes in at 640 sq. ft. Image courtesy of Steelblox.

The company’s building process is also inspirational. First, you ask them to analyze your property and permit requirements. Then they will develop the best design for your needs and/or property. They sort out permits and do all the construction work. Then they fit and finish.

It sounds easy, but they are pros. The trouble is that you need to be in California to use their services. 

18. Stillwater Dwellings

It’s no surprise that Stillwater Dwellings is a California company offering far-out, magical designs that are perfect for ADU structures.

The company specializes in prefab homes that they build in their factory and then ship to the site where they are erected.

Photo of a Stillwater Dwellings home.
The 1100 sq. ft. sd-121. Image courtesy of Stillwater Dwellings.

This company employs LEED-certified architects, and they focus on sustainable building techniques and practices. Their mission is to minimize construction waste, improve the tight seal of buildings with decent insulation, and to ensure that energy consumption is minimized.

Stillwater has a fabulous Signature Series of plans that are ideal for ADUs. These range from a 1,000-square-foot (92.90-square-meter) two-bedroom, one-bathroom plan to a 2,030-square-foot (188.59-square-meter) two-story, 2.5 bedroom two story unit with en-suite bathrooms.

19. Summerwood

If you’re looking for a wooden cabin that will qualify as an ADU, Summerwood might have your answer. They have a bunch of tiny house-type designs that are ideal for ADUs.

A Sonoma design cabin by Summerwood.
The Sonoma cabin. Image courtesy of Summerwood.

The company offers customizable kits, all of which have lovely standard features including red cedar sidings. They are ideal for DIY builders who want to install their own ADU quickly and easily.

20. Volstrukt Agile Framing Systems

Volstrukt offers the best of both worlds. The company produces ADU kits made with precision-engineered, lightweight steel frames. They also offer design services and will customize small homes and ADUs for customers.

Volstrukt Zycha frame standing on a concrete slab
Zycha frame ready to be finished. Image courtesy of Volstrukt.

Volstrukt uses computer-aided design for the ADU kits, which range in size from 240 sq. feet (22.23 sq. meters) to a mini-mansion of 2,904 square feet (269.79 square meters). You choose your design and the level of finishes you want. The company will deliver all materials to the site.

The walls and roof panels of these designs are factory assembled. Because the kits are partially pre-assembled, it can take less than 30 days to erect an ADU. Some customers do it themselves, while others hire a contractor to do the job.

21. Zip Kit Homes

Located in Cedar City, Utah, Zip Kit Homes has been in the construction industry for more than two decades. The company has offered panelized construction, pre-cut framing modules, and various prefab designs over time.

A ZipKit home being built.
A ZipKit home in progress. Image courtesy of ZipKit.

The company offers standard floors plans and a builder package that includes purchase order sheets for materials. The kit comprises panels as well as posts, beams, trusses, windows, exterior doors, and other materials.

Many of the kits that ZipKit Homes offers are ideal for ADUs.

22. ADU Design and Build

Located in Portland, Oregon, ADU Design and Build is a licensed and bonded general contractor.

As a one-stop shop for ADUs, this company provides engineering, design, permit walkthrough, and construction services from start to finish.

a modern-style attached ADU with dark wood and concrete details
Attached ADUs don’t have to be boring! Image courtesy of ADU Design and Build.

What sets ADU Design and Build apart is its dedication to sustainability and quality craftsmanship. Whether it’s incorporating solar panels or using high-quality, energy-efficient materials, this company ensures that your ADU kit will be environmentally friendly and built to last.

What’s more, this firm incorporates collaborative remote technology with its clients. It’s through this technology that it creates 3D modeling for design and remote project management access.

The firm’s competitive pricing and transparent project management process makes it one of your go-to options for ADU kits in Oregon.

It specializes in the following ADU kits:

  • ADU floor plans
  • Basement ADU
  • Detached ADU
  • Garage ADU
a white two story detached ADU with sliding doors and dual pitched roofs
Excellent detached ADUs such as this one have made ADU Design and Build a leading authority in the Oregon market. Image courtesy of ADU Design and Build.

23. Catalyst Construction and Remodeling

This is another licensed and bonded general contractor based in Portland, Oregon.

Catalyst Construction and Remodeling is among the most reputable companies specializing in ADU kits in the US. Its work is measured in customer satisfaction and a proven track record.

With an experience of over 20 years in basement remodels, Catalyst Construction and Remodeling is also your best bet for ADU kits that combine a basement living area with an addition or remodel.

Regarding ADU kits, this company supplies components ideal for converting a section of an existing home, like a garage, basement, or attic, into an ADU. It helps in identifying the best spot for your ADU by evaluating your property.

Its kits are also ideal for attached ADUs that form part of the main house. The company’s kits come with everything to get the project started, including utilities installation and connection.

a light blue one story detached ADU with a covered porch on the right side surrounded by trees and greenery
A simple and affordable ADU perfect for beginners! Image courtesy of Catalyst Construction and Remodeling.

24. MY ADU Homes

Located in Vancouver, Washington, My ADU Homes specializes in constructing thoughtfully designed accessory dwelling units. Besides, it supplies custom ADU kits for do-it-yourself enthusiasts.

Founded in 2019, this relatively new firm has gained a reputation for offering quality services that are environmentally sustainable.

Having been in the business of building custom homes for over 30 years, the company saw an opportunity to bring a straightforward solution to those looking for affordable housing options.

As a fully licensed contractor, My ADU knows the ins and outs of permitting, designing, and constructing an ADU—making it a reliable choice for your ADU kit needs.

Some of its ADU kits include:

  • Mt. Hood
  • Lewis and Clark
  • Olympic
  • Evergreen
A rendering of a white and gray two-story detached ADU with a single car garage and stairs
A unique ADU with storage and garage from the Lewis and Clark model. Image courtesy of My ADU Homes.

Which Company to Choose

Many of the ADU kits featured in our list only offer basic structural components. But they’re still a great place to start for DIY-savvy homeowners who want to add value to their property.

The only drawback is that not all of them deliver their kits countrywide. So, what to do?

If you are genuinely searching for a company you can order an ADU kit from, start with our list of 24 suggestions.

Then, if none meets your needs, you can expand your research and see if you can find other possibilities. Just make sure that when you do find a company you like the look of, it’s reputable and trustworthy.

As mentioned, your ADU can be a great source of passive income. Learn how you can take advantage of your new living space through our articles on Do ADUs Work Well As Rentals and How Much Can You Rent Out Your ADU For.

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