Absolute Steel home kits include the exterior frame system and a complete exterior panel and trim package for the model and size you select.


From there you can select a floor plan we have designed or design your own. For several models we can supply you with a complete breakdown of the various interior components that are available at your local building supply store. Just furnish that list to them for current pricing and you should know the bulk of your out of pocket costs to build out the interior of that kit home.

Sierra Style

Sierra Style kit home
  • A classic home kit design.
  • Vertically-oriented exterior wall and roof panels.
  • Distinctive design.
  • Superior runoff for rain and snow.
  • View our Sierra kit floor plans.

Teton Style

Teton Kit Home
  • Featuring heavy-gauge exterior panels
  • Horizontal panels give the appearance of wood shiplap siding.
  • These panels and the Teton’s larger eave overhang give it an especially traditional, homey look.
  • Easier to erect than other styles.
  • Saves time and effort for if you’re a do-it-yourselfer, and can reduce labor charges if you’ve hired a contractor.
  • See our Teton kit floor plans.

Mohave Style

Mohave Kit Home
  • Best suited for areas with deep winter snows.
  • Steep roof lines shed snow easily.
  • This style is suggested if you are building in the high country, or heavy-snow regions.
  • Extra storage space up above the living areas on some floor plans.
  • See our Mohave kit floor plans.

Gambrel Style

Gambrel Style Building
  • Featuring the traditional Gambrel style signature roof design.
  • The Gambrel design, also called Dutch hip or Dutch gambrel – makes for an ideal cabin.
  • The steeply sloping roof sheds snow with ease.
  • The extra space gained by the steep roof makes for a great loft or storage area.
  • See our Gambrel kit floor plans.

Easily Complete Your Kit House or Cabin

Your home kit includes:

  • The steel frame. Your kit is shipped in a manageable bundle that can fit on a small trailer, or in the bed of a larger pick up truck.
  • Exterior walls.
  • Complete roof
  • Simple and complete instructions.
  • A “Grocery List”. There are some common items that are better served being purchased from your local hardware store. The price difference that we could offer would be offset by the shipping costs, so it’s to your advantage to get these specific things locally. Click here for an example of a grocery list.

Starting and Finishing Your Kit Home

When you purchase your kit from Absolute Steel, you will have a complete ready-to-go home kit. However, there are other items that you will need to think about such as foundation, plumbing, gas, electrical, ventilation, heating, cooling, insulation, interior walls and trim, flooring, cabinets and closets, doors and windows, kitchen and bath fixtures, even paint.

To help you with this, we include Item-by-item, point-by-point checklists. These cover the actions and materials to take you from basic structure to completed home or guest house, ready for move-in.

We’ll be honest and direct – we don’t want you running into surprises down the road. Click here for a demo materials checklist.

Easy to Assemble

Your kit home’s finished shell can be put together by as few as two people, with little or no prior construction experience and using common tools! This means YOU can do it, whether you build yourself or act as an owner/builder using local tradesmen and contractors.

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Kit Homes FAQs

A kit home or guest house is a residential structure, constructed from a packaged set of ready-made, pre-measured parts.

A home or guest house kit from Absolute Steel gives you everything you’ll need to assemble your new house’s basic structure. Plans, framing, siding, roofing – all the pieces and parts, ready for rapid, easy assembly. And by “easy,” we mean the job can often be done by as few as two people, with little or no prior construction experience and using common tools.

Engineered Plans and Permits

Kit homes and guest houses from Absolute Steel include complete engineered plans. By “engineered plans” we mean detailed drawings of your house’s foundation, frame, siding, roofing, interior floor plan, etc. All engineering calculations and details are included, and your set of drawings will be signed and sealed by an engineer certified for your state.

Signed, sealed drawings of this type are ordinarily required by local building authorities before they will issue you a permit to build your home or guest house.


Engineered Plans and Permits

In addition to your house’s “shell,” your plans will include framing details for your interior walls, electrical, plumbing, kitchen cabinets, ventilation, heating and cooling, and other details.

Hiring someone to do these drawings could easily cost you $2500 or more. Since we’re able to do the work in advance, we can offer you complete, stamped drawings for less than $1000. It’s just another reason building a kit home is such a smart choice. It’s no surprise home and guest house kits are more and more popular every day.

What’s not included?

Kit homes and guest houses from Absolute Steel include complete engineered plans. By “engineered plans” we mean detailed drawings of your house’s foundation, frame, siding, roofing, interior floor plan, etc. All engineering calculations and details are included, and your set of drawings will be signed and sealed by an engineer certified for your state.

Signed, sealed drawings of this type are ordinarily required by local building authorities before they will issue you a permit to build your home or guest house.

In addition to your house’s “shell,” your plans will include framing details for your interior walls, electrical, plumbing, kitchen cabinets, ventilation, heating and cooling, and other details.

Hiring someone to do these drawings could easily cost you $2500 or more. Since we’re able to do the work in advance, we can offer you complete, stamped drawings for less than $1000. It’s just another reason building a kit home is such a smart choice. It’s no surprise home and guest house kits are more and more popular every day.

Local Building Codes

Local zoning and building rules are also a concern. It is impossible for us to stay abreast of all the governing municipalities in this country, with their respective regulations, requirements, fees and so on. We’ll be happy to work with you to make sure all requirements are met, but please remember: Compliance with your local building codes is ultimately your responsibility.

The Foundation

Note: Requirements for residential foundations vary from area to area. The engineered drawings provided with your cabin kit will include foundation specifications that meet or exceed your local requirements.

Kit homes from Absolute Steel are designed to be anchored to a concrete foundation. This is accomplished with a concrete floor, combined with either footers or stand-alone concrete piers.

Floor and Footers

In most areas, a standard foundation for this class of building consists of a concrete slab at least 4″ thick, with a perimeter footing at least 12″ wide and 12″ deep. Conditions and requirements vary from area to area, though, so you might consider phoning us and speaking to one of our building consultants – they’ve dealt with this issue many times.

If you’re doing the job yourself (or just in case you’re interested in some of the technical details) the pad should be 2500-psi concrete (minimum), with either #3 steel reinforcing bars set every 24”, or fiber mesh reinforcement added to the concrete mixture. Expansion joints should either be saw-cut within an appropriate time after the pour, or troweled in as part of the finishing process.

Concrete Foundation

Footing Requirements

At the same time you pour the floor, you are going to pour the perimeter footings. This is called a “monolithic pour” or “monolithic slab.” Perimeter footings need to be 12″ deep (you can include the 4″ of floor as part of the 12″) and 12″ wide.* The footings will have to have two #4 rebar lengths top and bottom, in a continuous run around the entire perimeter.

*(Subject to your area’s frostline requirements/issues)

Colors & Exteriors

Standard Exteriors

The original and standard exterior of our kit houses is painted and multi-coated steel panels, just like the roofing we supply. In this case, though, “standard” surely doesn’t mean “boring.” Many of our steel panels are designed to give you a residential look, while still offering the maintenance-free qualities only steel can deliver. With more than 18 colors to choose from, you’ll have one fine-looking house. Select the combination of exterior wall, roof and trim colors that pleases you best.

Steel will always be your most economical choice, your most maintenance-free choice, your most pest-resistant choice. And with today’s insulation, it can also be your most energy-efficient choice.

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