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Shelter-Kit Offers Affordable, DIY and Quality Green Small Structures

Following is a Press Release I thought you would enjoy reading.

Tilton, NH – January, 2011 – The smaller sizes of the custom post and beam barns and buildings offered by leading DIY kit building manufacturer, Shelter-Kit, Inc. (, provide their customers with substantially more benefits than the average pre-built shed sold at many big-box home and garden retailers.  Known for over 40 years for their exceptional quality, Shelter-Kit’s small buildings are remarkably versatile, both in aesthetic appearance, and in function, as they can be used for storage, workshops, barns, pool houses, garages, garden sheds and hobby spaces.

Typically, the pre-built structures offered en masse at big box centers and elsewhere are limited by standard designs and lower-quality wood-based, plastic and/or aluminum materials.  On the contrary, Shelter-Kit’s customizable barn-style buildings start with a compact 16’x 16’ and are available in larger sizes, up to 36’ wide. They are created individually for each customer with high quality wood materials and hardware (of substantially better quality than what is found in most “standard” sheds).

As with all Shelter-Kit products, each of these small buildings are produced as a pre-cut kit specifically designed to be assembled by amateurs. Shelter-Kit buildings have the flexibility to be built in tight or remote locations, which is not the case with most pre-assembled sheds and cabins.  Shelter-Kit was founded in 1970with the goal of designing and producing buildings primarily for assembly by customers with no prior building experience.   The first was a “Unit One” cabin, and from there, the company expanded into the modular and expandable “Lofthouse”, then on to barn and garage kits, and Barn-House and Green Home kits (all the kits come with the necessary materials to build a complete, weather-tight shell).  Shelter-Kit products are designed to be buttoned up quickly and easily – they can be assembled by only two people in 3 -15 days, depending upon the size of the structure.

“’The Do-it-Yourself’ nature of our product allows customers significant cost savings, but with the ability to maintain exceptional quality,” says David Kimball, owner of Shelter-Kit.  “There are no added expenses of contractors and builders, plus since all of our products are manufactured at our facility, there is significantly less waste – which results in further savings for our customers, as well as an eco-advantage, which is extremely important.”

Moreover, Shelter-Kit’s barns are priced to be competitive with the big box sheds.  The 16’x16’ barn begins at $9,950 for standard kit, and the 24’x24’ barn is only $19,950, and the precut kits come with detailed, easy-to-understand instructions as well as all the hardware needed for owner assembly.  Furthermore, says Kimball, “all our products, including our barns, are built for longevity, and also to comply with the national building code, including for use in high wind and/or seismic areas – an important consideration for all consumers.”

Shelter-Kit is in its 41st year, and customers throughout the US, Canada and several foreign countries have assembled their Shelter-Kit buildings by themselves (women, in particular, make up a large portion of their customers).  To learn more about Shelter-Kit and their barn offerings, please visit them online at, or call (603) 286-7611 for more information.

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SoPasCat - January 9, 2011 Reply

Would Like To Know What the Inside Look Like.

Thomas H. - January 9, 2011 Reply

The top picture is of their Unit One Cabin. It is a modular unit that can be expanded. The interior is unfinished. Go here for more info and pricing for this unit.

Deek - January 9, 2011 Reply

I stop in Tilton on my way up to my VT cabin everytime- I’ll have to check this place out (in addition to the Upper Crust Pizzeria!). Love that little simple cabin and would love to film/interview these guys someday.


    Dave Kimball - January 10, 2011 Reply

    Hello Deek,

    I am the owner of Shelter-Kit, and we would be glad to talk to you at any time that is convenient for you.

    Just let me know,

    Dave Kimball

      Tami Adams-Shaffer - February 16, 2020 Reply

      Hi Dave- My Husband and I love the Shelter Kit you designed. I had some questions on the interior?
      Thanks so much!

Victoria - Ozarks Crescent Mural - January 11, 2011 Reply

I’ve always loved the look of Shelter-Kits and when I go to put something on a piece of land someday, it may very well just be a Shelter-Kit.

Michael - August 28, 2012 Reply

The Unit One introduced me to the tiny house movement. It was sold as a cabin but I kept thinking “everybody wants to ‘go to the cabin’ on the weekends, why not live in it.” … could you? … “it’s so small” some would say. But, being modular you can do just about what ever configuation fits your fancy.

I was sold many years ago and still dream of a Unit One in the woods.


John - September 23, 2013 Reply

I’m sorry, but how can these kits be considered affordable? These barn houses seem like about the same price per square foot as it would cost to buy materials locally and have a framing crew do all the work. What am I missing here?

Bill - March 10, 2014 Reply

The best thing about these kits is that you don’t have to deal with or hire a contractor!!!

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