Kit Homes and Package Homes

Summary: Kit homes or package homes are an excellent way to both save money and have a more accurate cost to build your new home.

Here’s a 1923 ad for a Sears Kit House.

Courtesy of AntiqueHomeStyle.com

Here’s a Menards Kit Home that costs $53,964 that would probably have a finished value of at least $160, 000 to $170,000 excluding land.


Plan: G20164 Courtesy of Menards

Kit homes or package homes are an excellent way to both save money and be fairly sure of the total cost of the home building materials that will be going into your new home. Read the rest at Cost to Build a Kit Home or Package Home.
Carl Heldmann

Free Construction Estimating Software

Hey Carl.

Some websites charge to obtain the cost to build a house plan before purchasing that plan.

I'm currently looking at a few house plans on a particular website, but I want to know the approximate cost to build them before actually purchasing a plan.

What do you think? Nikki


Hi Nikki,

I think you are right. That is why you will find free construction estimating software, plus a few cost estimating  tips on my Getting Started page (and other related pages) on byoh.com.

You should be able to determine the approximate cost to build almost any home plan using this free construction estimating software from the Craftsman Book Company, one of the most respected names in cost estimating.

In the initial stage of planning, you can use just the estimating software and the web site drawings of floor plans and elevations from home plan companies to go through the process of rough estimating.

You can play around with the cost estimating software until you get an idea of how the critical elements of size, quality of construction, and basic design (# of corners and one story versus two stories, etc.) affect the cost to build a home.

Then, based on what you can afford to build, you can pursue a particular house plan.

Good luck, Carl Heldmann