Press

Home Delivery: New Prefab Homes Are Efficient and Come in Endless Configurations
E the Environmental Magazine—July 2011

Prefab houses are as varied as the people who purchase them: There are round homes, Georgian homes, log homes, conventional homes and detached studios. But they all have one thing in common—most prefab homes are an energy-efficient and environmentally sound alternative to traditional homes.

 
DIY Shelter-Kit Green Homes: Affordable and Doable
Mother Earth News—March 2011

I could do this.

Since 1970, Shelter-Kit has offered pre-cut custom post and beam barns and sheds for assembly by people like me—who have no prior building experience. (The company says women make up a large portion of its customers.) Versatile in appearance and function, the kit buildings can be used as storage, workshops, barns, pool houses, garages, garden sheds and hobby spaces. My dream is to build one as an office.

 
New Hampshire Magazine—February 2011

Put on your tool belt and get ready to start building the garage you always wanted, that garden shed you’ve been intending to buy for years or even the new home you’ve been dreaming about.

 
Domino Magazine—March 2007

Recently, I heard about a New Hampshire company called Shelter-Kit that sells DIY houses for “people who can’t even read blueprints.” Seeing myself in that description, I investigated. The company claimed that two amateurs could build its smallest model in just four days, without power tools.

Outside Magazine—September 2010

Building [a cabin] yourself requires at least six months, a garageful of tools and serious skills… Or there’s Shelter-Kit, which sells spartan, sturdy, pre-cut cabins that can be assembled in as little as a week by two people with no special skills or equipment.

 
Charles & Hudson—March 2010

Shelter-Kit produces kit buildings for “assembly by owners” with no prior building experience. Perfect for folks like myself whose only construction until recently had been assembling IKEA shelves.

 

It’s the ultimate erector set for adults. For 40 years, Shelter-Kit has designed affordable, build-it-yourself homes, barns, cabins and garages that combine sweat equity, simple instructions and quality materials. And the kits don’t require cranes or power tools to assemble.

 
Citizen of Laconia—January 2010

A Tilton company has started the New Year with a bang, being featured in a six-page spread in the February issue of Country Home magazine as well as garnering prime placement on MSN.com’s Web site in January.

 
Country Living Magazine—February 2010

Lizzie Pickard and Daniel Cogan built their house from a $45,000 kit— and bought themselves the freedom to customize every detail.

 
Tackling a kit home: What you need to know
MSN—January 2010

Tired of having to accept the cookie-cutter homes that developers push your way? Want to get your hands dirty and perhaps raise your own roof? A kit home could be for you.

 
Mother Nature Network—September 2009

Let me introduce you to Shelter-Kit, a New Hampshire-based firm that’s had a formidable presence in the kit home building industry for the last 40 years. Just this year, they’ve teamed up with TimberLogic LLC, a Certified Green Professional company, to give inherently greener kit homes even more eco-appeal.

 
PreFabCosm.com—September 2009
 
Living the Country Life—October 2009

Shelter-Kit’s do-it-yourself approach allows owners
to build their own structure with the use of straightforward,
step-by-step directions. No prior carpentry skills
are needed. Quality hand-selected materials arrive
at the site ready for assembly. Shelter-Kit barns are
available in widths ranging from 16 to 36 feet and
lengths of 16 to 64 feet and can be customized to meet
additional needs.

 
NECN—June 2009

New England Cable News Reporter Lauren Collins visited our office and factory to learn more about our unique kits. Shelter-Kit owner Dave Kimball talked with Lauren about our house, cabin, barn and garage kits, and explained why they are a great solution for amateur builders who want to assemble their own building. Lauren also visited a Shelter-Kit Barn House, and talked with the owner about his experience building his own home.

 
Greenwich Time HOME Magazine—April 2009

You could say Shelter-Kit and other do-it-yourself home building businesses are great-grandchildren of the Sears Home kits that hit the market more than 100 years ago… Shelter-Kit makes four basic building styles, but allows for customization, according to Dave kimball, owner of the Tilton, N.H.-based company.

 
Extreme How-To—May 2009

If timber framing is beyond your skill or budget level, you can still consider building your own home. Not a contractor? Not a builder? Never built a structure? No problem. Shelter-Kit, based out of Tilton, New Hampshire, is in its 40th year of manufacturing DIY kit homes, barns and garages, all of which are engineered to exacting quality and precision specifications so that anyone (including you) can in fact, build their own structure.

 
Southeast Equine Monthly—June 2009

You’ve heard of Ikea before, where not-so-handy folks can and do successfully build do-it-yourself furniture? Shelter-Kit takes the DIY concept to the next level. The Tilton, N.H.-based kit-home company creates barns, garages and even homes, all of which are engineered to exacting quality and precision specifications so that anyone (including you) can build their own structure.

 
Mother Earth News—May 2009

There’s one sector of the homebuilding market that seems to be weathering the recent economic storm better than the rest of its industry—kit homes. Kit homes are houses built from packages of building materials, sometimes pre-cut to fit together without waste. Various styles of homes can be built from house kits.

 
 
Farm Show Magazine—Spring 2009

Shelter-Kit is a Tilton, N.H., company that precuts and drills lumber and hardware for post and beam building kits up to 36 ft. wide for do-it-yourselfers. “Everything is designed so that two people can handle all the material,” says David Kimball of Shelter-Kit. Shelter-Kit’s goal is to produce kit buildings for assembly by owners with no prior building experience.

 
Kit lets you build your own green house
KVUE (Houston, TX)—April 2009

Do-it-yourself kit-home manufacturer, Shelter-Kit, Inc., has launched a Green Home Kit that will allow customers the ability to be a part of a certified home project from the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) National Green Building Certification Program (NGBP). The Tilton, NH, based kit-home company creates homes, barns and garages that anyone can build their own home.

 
Shelter-Kit’s DIY Barns Deliver Quality & Simplicity
Bridle & Bit—March 2009

You’ve heard of Ikea before, I’m sure… where not-so-handy folks can and do successfully build DIY-furniture. Well, Shelter-Kit takes this DIY concept to the next level. The Tilton, NH based kit-home company creates barns, garages and even homes, all of which are engineered to exacting quality and precision specifications so that anyone (including you) can in fact, build their own structure.

 
Michigan Quarter Horse Journal—January 2009

You’ve heard of Ikea before, I’m sure… where not-so-handy folks can and do successfully build DIY-furniture. Well, Shelter-Kit takes this DIY concept to the next level. The Tilton, NH based kit-home company creates barns, garages and even homes, all of which are engineered to exacting quality and precision specifications so that anyone (including you) can in fact, build their own structure.

 
New York Times
6 April 2008, 20 July 2007
Vermont Magazine-At Home supplement
2007-08
USA Weekend
16 September 2007
Family Circle
March 2007
Domino
March 2007
Inspired House
February 2005
Inspired House
January/February 2005
Outside
August 2002
Country Home
June 2002
Yankee
May 2002
Mother Earth News
February/March 2002
Weekly World News
13 March 2001
New Hampshire Business Review
23 February 2001
The Horse
February 2001
Concord Monitor
13 August 2000, 9 August 2000
Kit Car
May 2000