EVER FIND YOURSELF ON A HIKE in the wilderness and you suddenly see the perfect spot for your dream home? Well, the Backcountry Hut Company sells pre-fabricated homes in the US and Canada that can be delivered by helicopter and assembled on site (even a dramatic cliff overlooking the ocean). The Canadian company’s $45,000 USD “surf shacks” have been compared to Ikea furniture, allowing owners to quickly construct a home in the location of their dreams. A basic model is only 191-square-feet, but you can attach it to other models to create a much larger structure with 937 square feet of living space.
The basic model houses 2-4 people and starts at $45,000, while the maximum stack of four houses sleeps up to 24.
Unlike most Ikea furniture, you can customize your tiny home from the ground up during the ordering process. According to the co-founder, four people can assemble the structure in less than a week thanks to the house’s simplistic modern design (the similarities to my Ikea dresser just keep coming).
Backcountry Hut homes require no heavy machinery, making it easier to build your tiny house off the beaten path. The company provides assistance for attaining the right permits to build on your desired location.
Backcountry Hut co-founder Wilson Edgar says that his customers are looking for a functional structure that helps them escape their 9-5 jobs without “sacrificing good design.” “These are not 2X4 stick-framed, tiny prefabricated structures with vinyl windows” said Edgar. “Our customer is looking for a recreational dwelling that is well-designed, with minimal environmental impact.”
The company also produces “front-country” homes that can be built in an urban environment (like a backyard) with much lower costs than standard construction.
In an over-priced real estate market in which younger generations fantasize about affording an apartment without needing a roommate, the thought of building a home for the cost of a new pickup truck is pretty dang enticing.