Prefab Homes: Top Designs You Can Build Under $50K


Tiny houses can just be as expensive as your standard prefab homes. One of the ways to reduce expenses is to order affordable prefab home kits that come ready to be assembled. This blog covers the six top prefab homes under 50k that have varying designs and components. You can check them out to find the perfect prefab home that fits your budget.

JJC small prefab home
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Cabin Type Prefab Homes Under 50k

Cabin style prefab homes are perfect for those who prefer the rustic vibe and the natural colors of wood or for someone who loves to bring the outdoors into their homes. Elements such as wood sidings, timber floors, wide windows, a porch, and stone-like pillars are often included in cabin type small prefab homes.

The Arched Cabins is an affordable prefabricated galvanized steel home kit that can be put up in your home lot. It may not look like a traditional log cabin but this prefab house can protect you and your family from winds up to 150 mph and 30 pounds per square feet of snow.

Arched Cabins small prefab house
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Arched Cabins small prefab floorplan
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Arched Cabins come in a wide array of size choices from 8 by 8 square feet wide to 30 by 40 square feet wide. These cabins range from $1940 to $22,300 with all upgrades but without delivery. A standard Arched Cabins comes complete with floor plates, a beam, insulation, roof paneling, and more. Upgrades can include a fireplace thimble, Super Span roofing color choices and R25 insulation.

Roving is a 154 square foot cabin type prefab small house with a walnut stained vaulted ceiling. A two-level tiny prefab home, the Roving can fit a king-sized bed on the loft. This prefab house design includes a cedar lap siding, three low-E aluminum clad windows, a custom-designed barn door, a 26-gauge metal roof, and an accent wall.

Roving small prefab house
Roving small prefab house
Roving small prefab house floorplan
Roving small prefab house

To protect this prefab design from all elements, the Roving house is wrapped and includes an insulated 2×4 wall framing. The kitchen is equipped with a butcher-block countertop with a stainless steel sink and an electric cooktop. The lighting comes from energy-saving LED lights, a composting toilet, a smoke detector, fire extinguisher, and several USB outlets.

Aruba is one of the newer designs offered by the company. Made of Nordic spruce wood, this prefab home features four windows and one double door. Aruba has a 211 square feet area and this is one of those prefab home plans that are suitable for the temperate climate with moderate loads of snow. This prefab house costs $10,450, excluding the $10,450 tax.

Aruba small prefab house
Source: Allwood Outlet
Aruba small prefab floorplan
Source: Allwood Outlet

Compared to other prefabricated house plans of similar designs, the walls and roofs of Aruba are 10% thicker and 1.7 degrees steeper, respectively. Aside from being a tiny prefab home, Aruba can also act as a sunroom by the pool, an office or just a place to relax.

Modern Style Prefab Homes Under 50k

The Modern architectural style is characterized by clean lines with minimal designs. You’d always find interesting and unconventional roof lines and oversized windows for this type. Modern style prefab houses often have wide and open-space interiors. This design relies on technology to work efficiently. Highly energy-efficient, this prefab small house style often uses eco-friendly materials.

R1 is a 2,000 square foot green modern house with three bedrooms and 2 stories. The first floor has a total floor area of 1196 square feet, and the second floor has 832 square feet in total. R1 can have two more add-on rooms: a garage and a suite. With the new add-ons, R1 is able to house a large family of at least 6 people.

R1 small prefab house
Source: Green Modern Kits
R1 small prefab floorplan 1
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R1 small prefab house floorplan
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The R1 has 3 standard bedrooms. The master bedroom with its ensuite full bath is on the first floor. Also located on the first floor are the powder room, the hall bath, and the laundry room. The second floor has two other bedrooms with extra space that can be used as an extra bedroom or study. The R1 prefab house costs $40,000 for the standard design. Add an additional $3,000 for the optional bath.

m-ch is an affordable modern prefab home with 190 to 320 total square footage. This prefab house kit can have one bedroom and one bathroom. Inspired by the Japanese teahouse architecture, m-ch uses European and Japanese fabrication techniques and concepts to deliver a one-of-a-kind small prefab house. The m-ch measures 266 centimeters by 266 centimeters by 266 centimeters with 198-centimeter ceiling height and a door which is 60 centimeters wide.

m-ch small prefab house
Source: Micro Compact Home
m-ch small prefab home
Source: Micro Compact Home

The m-ch can hold two compact beds with covered cushions. This small prefab home has enough space to keep cleaning equipment and beddings. A sliding table can be used for dining and it can cater to 5 people. Other amenities include a kitchen area fitted with electrical points, a double hob with an extending hose, microwave, fridge & freezer units, among others.

Melissa is a small modern prefab house with a total 1,232 square foot area. This prefab home has three bedrooms and two baths. This is one of the more affordable prefab home kits you can buy and easily install by yourself. The Melissa has thirteen pre-cut openings for the doors and windows.

Melissa small prefab house
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Melissa small prefab house floorplan
Source: Shelter-Kit

The Marissa prefab home kit includes hardware, framing, sheathing, floors, roofing, and flashing, among others. The doors and windows are not included in the base price. This two-bedroom prefab cottage costs $48,900.


Buying prefab homes under 50k may sound impossible but there are many prefab home manufacturers that offer this kind of package. Which design of the prefab house do you prefer? Please tell us in the comments below.

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I have 500 sq meters in Green Valley,Bagiuo, Philippines. I was planning on building a house there but I happen to come across your website. I am familiar with container homes as it always interested me but was only recently aware that there companies here in the Pinas that specializes in them. I thought it was only available in the States and Europe. I want to put a two story container home wit the downstairs 3 containers and upstairs 2 containers with an outside balcony area. Please contact me via e-mail to discuss options and prices. Thank you
-Romeo Cabacungan

Hi, I am interested to purchase one for myself. I am from Laguna PH. can you also send me details.

– Quotation re: 4 variants of container house;
– Delivery Time to Tanauan City, Batangas, Philippines (less than 1km. away from Star Tollway Exit in Tanauan.
Here is my email:
Highly appreciate your immediate response.


Hi I’m based in Bacolod. I’d like a quote please

Hi. We are a cooperative of pig growers and we are planning to quickly set up a meatshop at one of our locations. Can you quote me for a 20ft container van, with a large service/display window and standard door. The interior will be air-conditioned, equipped with a sink with water supply, wall outlets for freezer, and other equipment. Delivery location: Candelaria, Quezon Province.
Do you have a display showcase where we can view your available stocks or designs. Thank you very much and I look forward to your quick response.
Butch G. Parlade
General Manager

i just want a 3 200meters container, one floor house in a 100square meter lot that can be further expanded with time. I would like a quotations of prices and construction company we can work with. I would appreciate it if you can send me the details at the email I provided. Thank you.

Hi i am thinking to put a container vacation house on our plot in isabella province, as example i saw two 20feet container placed in L shape on top of each other such that i creates shade and patio area. Can your sales representative get in contact with me for budgetary quotes ?

Hi. Please quote for me 2-40 footer high cube container with 2 bedrooms, kitchen and living room. The bathrooms to be built in-situ so we can maximize the container living space. Would appreciate a quick response from your end.

Thank you.


im planning to but one for my self as well in order to put in my lot in zambales, can you sales rep contact me or provide catalog

dear sirs I am going to build in antequera Bohol are these container homes available there im Australian my lady is pinay I hope to move there next year what would I get for 500.000php budget

Send me a quotation. We are located batangas

I am interested in container house for my lot in Nueva Vizcaya. My order will depend on your prices, can you send me a quote for a 4o footer and a 20 footer?

Hi JJC, i am interested in container house living. Can I do my own design or do you have available designs where I can choose? I would like a quotation for 2 containers at ground level and container for the 2nd level.

Thank you.

can we visit the office? or do you have a model house container where we can visit?

Would you please send pictures of your model prefabricated container homes.

Hi Everyone at JJC. I am a senior citizen dreaming of moving back to bohol island where i was born. My husband and I can no longer afford the physical and financial rqts of putting up a traditionally-constructed home, even if it is just a small one. Our lot in Baclayon is located on the sloping hills, about 3 kms from the town center. Would you be able to help us realize our dream cottage or home with a roof garden and a roof deck to view the sea? We will be very grateful for your assistance. Maaming maraming salamat.

Hi, I’m planning to have a living area as retreat house for my family in Bicol (Camsur area). Around 400 sqM flat and square lot. May I please have a quote including shipment and options that can be cost-efficient? Bare but pre-cut panels would be considered as independent contractors for the interiors and utilities is preferred.


I am exploring the possibility of building a vacation house using your container home concept in my 400sqm lot in Lucap, Pangasinan with a possibility of ordering more for possible transcient use. Can you email me a proposal which includes the following;
1. Pricing (supply, installation, permits)
2. Plans and elevations
3. Specs

Thank you.


Glad i found your website. My family recently moved to Bulacan and I am joining them soon. We are finally settling there but we want to build a shipping container home. We are particular about space and design. I would like to know the cost estimate so we can plan towards it. In fact we already have a sample of the kind of house we want using shipping container.

Maybe that would help you to give a close cost estimate. We are eager to do this and with your expertise and professionalism, we will be able to achieve this huge milestone in our life.

How much the cost of 1 container unit house and its specs coz we are planning to get 9 unit for LGU

Do you guys sell shipping container to Province of Leyte. im interested. thank you

Hello. My name is Lyra and I am from Cebu. I was wondering if it is still possible to make a purchase amidst this pandemic.
My e-mail is

I would like to get prices on container homes in the Philippines. My lady has purchased land in Davao and we would like to live there. I plan to be in Davao some time in the 60 to 90 day time frame. There would be 6 of us in the family. Budget will be 1M to 1.4 M.

Please send me the home designs for a 40 sqm container van and prices.

Please send me designs and cost estimates. Budget 500k and upwards. Lot area: 400 sq.m.

Interested here for prefab or customized shipping container shop. please contact me for more details.

Hi, please send me prices and designs intended for a snall pop-up store.


Hi good day. I am from Buevavista, Guimaras. Can u give me your quotations? My email adds are:

Im very much interested about your container homes. Glad to have one too.


Maryle Tormis Lazan says:
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I want to make a container house of my place 36 square meters my house.. In the dapitan city Mindanao Zamboanga Del Norte I want simple house.. Thanks
Raymond Regala says:
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hi there. Quote for 2 container homes. 1 container with 2 beds and 1 container includes kitchen/laundry and living area. Toilet and bathroom can be included in the middle of 2 bedrooms. Reply to Planning to move by january 2021 or soonest

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