10 Amazing Off Grid Homes that You Can Get Today

Last Updated: March 31, 2023

Most of us know by now that it is possible to go 100% off-the-grid with your home. We also know the many benefits of going off the grid: It’s better for the planet, your utility bills are cheaper or free, and (as disaster preppers know) going off grid frees you from dependency on the vulnerable power grid.

However, most off-grid homes we see are either rustic (think outdoor latrine) or complicated (think expensive wind turbines and other systems).

Luckily, there is a powerful off-grid movement going on around the world. Many architectural firms are making modern prefab homes. That means you can order your home and move in almost immediately.

Are these off grid homes perfect? No. Would it be better to build your own off grid home to your specifications? Probably.

But these prefab homes show that getting off the grid is easier than you probably thought.

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Jamaica Cottage Shop

Jamaica cottage shop

This is a cool prefab home company based in Jamaica, Vermont. They specialize in tiny homes, cabins, and storage spaces.

As for off-grid options, the Solar Cabin is one of the best offerings. It comes with a wood stove, gray water sink system, and other features which allow it to be 100% off-grid. Prices start at $29,800. They also have other 100% off-grid prefab homes.

Their homes can be delivered to the continental USA and parts of Canada.

Plant Prefab

living homes off grid home

This firm offers a vast selection of prefab homes that are designed to be eco-friendly. They aren’t off-the-grid by default. However, they have a “Zero 6” vision in which they work to get the energy and waste loads of a home down to zero. This makes it easy to turn one of these prefabs into an off grid home. Learn more here.

Method Homes

method off grid homes

These prefab homes are also targeting the eco-movement, which happens to mean that they are great for those wanting to live off grid. They are prewired for solar and made with super-efficient features. There are options like grey water, off grid septic, and more. Learn more here.

Ark Shelter

ark shelter off grid home

This prefab cabin can be shipped almost anywhere in the world. Aside from being portable, it includes off grid features like rainwater catchment and a wood stove and is designed to last a lifetime. Learn more here.

Ferris Off Grid Homes

ferris homes

Ferris makes prefab custom homes in California. Their off grid home option includes solar and is zero-net. No longer available.

Green Modern Kits Solar Homes

green modern kits off grid home

If you are on a tight budget and want an off grid cabin, consider Green Modern Kits. Their prices are around just $30,000. For that price, you can get a Zero-Net home with solar. Learn more here.

Plant Prefab

Plant Prefab

This is a spinoff of Living Homes. The way that it works is that you first choose one of their prefab home designs. Then you work with your architect or one of their design partners to adapt it.

The original prefab designs aren’t entirely off-grid (the focus is energy efficiency). However, you can adapt them to be off-grid if you wish. You can learn more here.

Nugget by Modern Tiny Living

Nugget prefab

The prefab home company Modern Tiny Living specializes in tiny homes. Their layouts are practical and have cool features like transporting your home as a trailer.

The Nugget is their only prefab design with a complete off-grid package. It includes a 100-gallon fresh water tank, propane heater, solar system, and energy-efficient building.

It’s only 12 square feet but includes a kitchen with sink and cabinets, shelves, storage, and a stowaway bed. The price starts at $39,000. Learn more here.

Backcountry Hut Company

backcountry hut company

This Canadian company delivers your home stacked on a pallet (like you’d get IKEA furniture). There is a modular system, so you can adjust the size from 1 module (206 square feet) to 4 modules (845 square feet).

They deliver to almost all over North America. They’ll even deliver the home with a helicopter if your location is hard to access.

Prices start at around $77,000 (USD). Learn more here.


ecocapsule off grid home

Is the world ready for off grid living in a tiny egg-shaped home? I guess so because the Slovak company that makes Ecocapsule has been a big success.

The Ecocapsule doesn’t need to be plugged in because it runs entirely off the grid on solar and wind and collects rainwater. It costs 79,000 Euros to buy, plus VAT and shipping/customs fees if you are outside of the EU. Learn more here.


zerohouse off grid home

ZeroHouse is a small, prefabricated off-grid house that can be shipped and put together quickly.   Some of the cool off grid features of this home include: Solar panels, a power bank, a Rainwater collection system, and a “Digester” below the home that turns waste into compost, and all off grid features run automatically and are fully customizable.


Since the publication of this post, several of these companies and suppliers have gone out of business. We will leave them here as they remain interesting as concepts.

Hive Modular Prefab Homes

hive modular home

Hive Modular homes have gotten a lot of attention in architectural magazines because of their unique design. Even though they are compact, the design makes them seem large. The homes are marketed for their eco-friendly materials and process, but you can also get off-grid features as add-ons. These include Geothermal, solar, green roofs, and rainwater collection. This company appears to be out of business – the website is unreachable.

Cabin Fever Prefab Homes

cabin fever off grid home

The company Cabin Fever makes prefabricated homes and commercial buildings. They offer an Off-the-Grid package with options like a house battery bank, rainwater catchment system, compost toilets, solar panels, solar water heaters, and windmill. The build time is typically just 6-8 weeks to get your off grid home built. Learn more here. This company appears to be out of business – the website is unreachable.

Minim Homes

minim off grid home

A basic Minim Home is estimated to cost about $70,000. That includes everything for the home, including shipping the container. Aside from being sustainably small, there are off grid options like water, sewer, and electric. This company now appears to be out of business. They are not taking orders, and the website hasn’t been updated recently.

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  1. Hi,
    Grateful for any information that you can provide regarding sustainable living.
    We are looking for land to purchase at the moment and then we will obviously be looking at house plans to build !!!

  2. My mom left me off the grid property in Cave Junction Oregon! Help! Need to strat the process to build my home there!
    Darlene Johnson

  3. I am currently designing a home that is 100% off-grid, and generates most of its power through a pedal-cranked generator (stationary bike) wired to a bank of NiMH batteries with solar as a backup. The generator would also power a water pump that moves water through pipes to absorb waste heat from the batteries and channels it through the walls to heat the home in winter and through inline water heaters in the summer to keep the house cool. What other ideas can I incorporate into my design?

  4. Are there any contractors that are recommended that can provide full services to design and installation of off-grid homes? I think the hardest thing is understanding the full cost and system requirements – is there a firm that helps through the entire process?

    Many people see these pre-fab homes but are still a little lost on everything it takes to get a rural piece of land without any utilities to their new homestead or cabin retreat. There must be highly rated companies out there that specialize in this…but I can’t seem to find any. Open to recommendations. Thanks!

  5. Looking for a way to have running water in a cabin that is off grid. looking to move out of the city , an buy some property, build a cabin , solar panels ,extra. off grid.

    • Thats a very general question which we can’t answer with more specific info. Where are you planning to move? Is there a water supply or well nearby etc etc

    • Gravity fed water supply is probably simplest a couple of 50 gallon water barrels on top of your house with water lines coming from that to different parts of your house.
      Then a small pump to fill the barrels.

  6. Brian
    I’m having a well drilled with a wind-driven pump (windmill) with gravity-fed storage tanks. I’ll let you know how it works out.

  7. Hi I am a domestic violence victim and I am trying to just live without looking around the corner.
    I would love an off the grid home for me and my two dogs but nothing seems to pan out or the homes are so far out of a realistic price range. Any suggestions??

  8. Ark Shelter website is so dysfucntional that it gives only a blac blan page.

    This is what happens when geeks try to overload their websites with useless effects, heavy scripts and gadgetry.

    Simpler is always better.


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