learning about Lindal kits

To build small, let’s check out a large kit house provider named Lindal Homes. Some 50,000 homes have been built through Lindal over 70 years. While best known for cedar prow-deck designs, the company has expanded to warm modern styles designed in-house or via architect collaborations.

These "Taliesin" Lindal homes range from 470 to 800 square feet, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. Options include cedar or cement board exteriors, with adjustable interiors to suit your needs. (Lindal.com)

These “Taliesin” Lindal homes range from 470 to 800 square feet, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. Options include cedar or cement board exteriors, with adjustable interiors to suit your needs. (Lindal.com)

Lindal explorations

Explore Lindal’s styles, create a folder to see house plans, and join a conference call to learn more. We dialed into a call last weekend and were surprised to hear Michael Harris, former CEO/President of Lindal, who shared architectural styles and other build information:

  • Project design cost – “A disciplined use of our building system’s most efficient components and assembly details [will] dramatically reduce design time.”
  • Higher home value – “Lindals resell for handsome amounts of money. They get financed like conventional houses [unlike modular homes]. Appraise for more than typical houses because of finishes.”
  • Time to build – “Total length is 6-9 months total, comparable to the typical modular producers. We use local labor, so it’s 9 months to a year.”

Kits and pre-fabs

Lindal is a kit house company which sells finished Post and Beam plans and delivers materials to individual building sites. The company adjusts designs based on the buyer desires, lots and area conditions. There are 100 U.S. Lindal dealers who guide local customers through home planning and builds.

Remember there’s a spectrum of pre-fab homes, from kits to partly or fully-built homes delivered to your site. Do you want to make changes to designs and materials? Do you have a specific budget or time frame in mind? Answer these questions and it may set you down the right path.

mountain modern begins life again

Here’s to new beginnings: a mountain modern prefab built where wildfire had burned down David and Kristen’s dream place two years earlier. The couple is now downsizing from 1,200 to 500 square feet of living space.

This 500 sq. ft. “mountain mansion” was first constructed at Cabin Fever’s warehouse in Florida, packed up and delivered to Colorado, and finished locally. (Tiny House Nation)

This 500 sq. ft. “mountain mansion” was first constructed at Cabin Fever’s warehouse in Florida, packed up and delivered to Colorado, and finished locally. (Tiny House Nation)

As featured on the Tiny House Nation TV show, this aerie is off-grid with solar power and some propane gas, a deep well and (we think) a septic system. Did we mention the amazing views?

The owners have  breath-taking views of the Colorado Front Range, not far from Denver. Their terrace is postcard perfect. (Tiny House Nation)

The owners have breath-taking views of the Colorado Front Range, not far from Denver. Their terrace is postcard perfect. (Tiny House Nation)

Take an inside house tour

This Colorado home supports more internal uses than you might expect! There’s an open great room, modern kitchen, bath, two small offices and sleeping loft with closets. The height in the home is the clincher.

In this loft bedroom, there's a 15-foot ceiling and closets for the couple. You ascend by steep stairs. (Tiny House Nation)

In this loft bedroom, there’s a 15-foot ceiling and closets for the couple. You ascend by steep stairs. (Tiny House Nation)

Software integrator David has his own office and desk, which transforms into a guest bed as needed. (Tiny House Nation)

Software integrator David has his own office and desk, which transforms into a guest bed as needed. (Tiny House Nation)

Next to David, Kristen writes books and consults from her own office with a desk, daybed and views. (Tiny House Nation)

Next to David, Kristen writes books and consults from her own office with a desk, daybed and views. (Tiny House Nation)

This Colorado home features a modern bathroom with a hip shower, sink and flush toilet. (Tiny House Nation)

This Colorado home features a modern bathroom with a hip shower, sink and flush toilet. (Tiny House Nation)

The Coloradans wanted a full gas range and stove, large sink and custom refrigerator in their home. (Tiny House Nation)

The Coloradans wanted a full gas range and stove, large sink and custom refrigerator in their home. (Tiny House Nation)

Here's the great room view into the Colorado home, with the bathroom to right and kitchen to left. (Tiny House Nation)

Here’s the great room view into the Colorado home, with the bathroom to right and kitchen to left. (Tiny House Nation)

More access: Want video? Tiny House Nation offers clips from the “Rocky Mountain Mansion” episode. The show is free online, and soon will transition access via your cable provider here. You may also pay $2.99 to view itunes.

Want a bigger little place

Let’s say a tiny or small house fits in your world view, except you crave a larger footprint. More office, sleeping, hobby or hang-out room might be nice.

Here are a few companies offering kits or prefabs, which handle materials (both) and construction (prefabs) for you.

Prefabs: assembled on your land

Check out these Kanga modern prefabs, ranging from 280 to 800 sq. ft. (Kanga Systems)

Check out these Kanga modern prefabs, ranging from 280 to 800 sq. ft. (Kanga Systems)

Kanga cottage prefabs, with porch/entry options, range from 280 to 640 sq. ft. (Kanga Systems)

Kanga cottage prefabs, with porch/entry options, range from 280 to 640 sq. ft. (Kanga Systems)

This Greenbuild cabin, measuring 810 sq. ft., is the smallest prefab from Resolution 4 Architecture. (re4a.com)

This Greenbuild cabin, measuring 801 sq. ft., is the smallest prefab from Resolution 4 Architecture. (re4a.com)

With a streamlined and hip feel, the Greenbuild cabin offers plenty of square footage to add your touches. (re4a.com)

With a streamlined and hip feel, the Greenbuild cabin offers plenty of square footage to add your touches. (re4a.com)

Kits: materials delivered to your land

This LVM modern home, shown with grey cladding, offers 693 sq. ft. Its kit may be ordered via the architect. (Rocio Romero)

This LVM modern home, shown with dark cladding, offers 693 sq. ft. Its kit may be ordered via the architect. (Rocio Romero)

In the LVM, there's a main floor bedroom and great room. The place calls for mid-modern decor. (Rocio Romero)

In the LVM, there’s a main floor bedroom and great room. The place calls for mid-modern decor. (Rocio Romero)

This Greek Revival style, popular in the 1700s, measures 560 sq.ft. with an 800 sq. ft. porch. (Pennywise)

This Greek Revival style, popular in the 1700s, measures 560 sq.ft. with an 800 sq. ft. porch. (Pennywise)

Kits for these old-school, 1700s styles may be ordered via the architect's manufacturing partner. (Pennywise)

Kits for these old-school, 1700s styles may be ordered via the architect’s manufacturing partner. (Pennywise)