A build-it-yourself tiny home recently posted on Amazon has been going viral and sold out almost instantly. This apparently shows a demand for such “accessory dwellings,” although such a structure does not include a bathroom or kitchen.
The state of the housing market might have pushed some toward more unconventional housing ideas. The build-it-yourself home, currently available for sale for $7,250, sold out almost instantly after being put up on Amazon earlier this month and has since been restocked.
The Allwood Solvalla Studio Cabin Kit is a DIY backyard guest house that the company claims can be built by two people in just eight hours. The shipping is free but it takes approximately 3-5 weeks for the crate with the contents of the house to get delivered.
At 172 square feet, the house is made from Norwegian wood and transforms into an indoor bedroom and an outside covered deck when built. It weighs a total of 2,480 pounds and comes with the pieces necessary to put together the guest house, except roof shingles and foundation materials–or utilities.
The house that comes together is definitely small—the indoor room measures approximately 9 x 9 feet, so the buyer won’t be able to fit much more than a futon and a chair or two into the total structure.
While this particular structure is meant to be a cabin or a guest house, homes that measure less than 250 square feet is a serious trend among some who are struggling to buy a typical house. Amazon acknowledged questions from Inman, but did not comment on how many of the Solvalla studio cabin kit it sold or whether it plans to invest in more DIY homes in the future.
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The Studio Cabin isn’t the only tiny house for sale on Amazon. There’s the DIY log cabin that can literally function as a summer home—giving a whole new meaning to the idea of a staycation. There’s also a tiny wooden cottage that could work as a home office or a small sleeping alcove for guests.
It’ll take at least three to five weeks for most tiny home kits to be delivered and expect it to arrive in a massive crate–you’re having an entire house shipped to you.
Because we at CVAR are an inquisitive bunch, we checked the reviews (at this writing) of the Amazon house flying off the shelves, which read:
No. 1: “Screw this. For the price you can have an addition built on your house with ac. And electric. Not to mention you could buy the materials and do this yourself for under 4000.”
No. 2: “No kitchen, no bathroom, no privacy, no insulation, no electrical wiring, and not code compliant in any way. Calling this glass box a “tiny home” or, God help me, an “innovative solution to the housing crisis” is irresponsible and dehumanizing at best.”
No. 3: “This is dumb.”
Apparently, one person’s castle is another person’s tool shed.