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Unit One

A modular house in kit form for owner-assembly

Shelter-Kit
Incorporated
When we started our business in 1970, our idea was to produce a simple, yet versatile modular house in kit form that amateur builders could assemble in a few days; that could easily be enlarged by adding other components; that could be converted from a seasonal to a year-round home; or could be built initially as either one, and above all could be kept low in pice. We think we’ve accomplished this goal. DECK UNIT ONE A 12’x12’ weathertight shell of post and beam framing with a shed roof. PORCH A 9’x12’ roofed platform that can be enclosed to make an additional room.

Our products
Shelter-Kit Incorporated manufactures three basic architect-designed and engineer-tested houses, each with its own additional components. In keeping with our high standards, all are made of superior quality materials that form the basis of three modular systems of house building designed for ownerassembly. Unit One was the first, followed by Lofthouse 16 and Lofthouse 20. An illustrated catalog for the latter two buildings is available.

A 9’x12’ unroofed platform. These three modules can be joined together in an almost infinite variety of combinations to create small, medium-size, or large houses. The choice of plans can be entirely up to the customer. The house plans included in this folder are suggested possibilities.

Shelter-Kit Incorporated

22 Mill Street PO Box 1 Tilton New Hampshire 03276 (603) 286-7611

© 2003 Shelter-Kit Incorporated

Why Unit One is unique
Designed for amateur builders Unit One can be assembled in about four days by two people with no building skills or knowledge of blueprint reading. A complete kit The kit contains all the materials needed to construct the Unit One shell. Hand-selected quality lumber is pre-cut, pre-drilled to minute tolerances, and labeled. These materials are bound together with highstrength plastic strapping in individual bundles weighing approximately 100 pounds. All required hardware is also labeled and packed in separate containers. Portability The contents of each kit can be carried to sites inaccessible by truck or heavy equipment, so it’s not necessary to build an expensive road. All tools furnished No power tools are needed. All necessary tools are furnished and even include two stepladders and two carpenters’ aprons! (A complete tool list is included with the Specifications.) Consumer-tested Construction Manual Written for the owner-assembler, not the professional builder, the manual illustrates step-by-step instructions that correspond to all the labeled parts of the kit and guides the builders to the completion of the house. It is the key to successful assembly. Every purchaser of Unit One receives a manual well in advance of the kit’s delivery so he will have ample opportunity to become familiar with the materials and construction procedure. Framing system The post and beam frame, with its customdesigned heavy aluminum angles and brackets, makes it possible for the entire weight of both floor and roof to be carried by six posts. Thus the walls are non-load bearing and conventional structural bracing can be eliminated. This allows for 12’x6’8’” sliding glass doors across the entire front opening, and the placement of other doors and windows in virtually any location. Nonstructural bracing is used to support the siding. When two or more components are joined together, the intermediate walls can be eliminated.

Foundation and the environment Minimal disturbance to the environment is achieved by the simplicity of the foundation and Shelter-Kit’s unique construction method. The post and beam frame of Unit One requires only a poured concrete pier for each of the six posts. Site preparation instructions (provided along with the Construction Manual) explain in detail where those piers are to be located and how they are installed. The majority of our customers have installed the piers themselves without assistance from professionals.

Building Codes All Shelter-Kit buildings meet or exceed applicable National Building Code standards. (See Specifications for design loads.) Most towns require building department permits. This should be ascertained by the owner before construction begins. Transportation Unit One is shipped directly from the factory in Tilton, New Hampshire as soon as possible after receipt of an order. Shelter-Kit will deliver to any mainland site within 200 miles of the factory for the fee shown on the price list/order form. However, we have found that the most economical and convenient method is for us to rent a 16 foot U-Haul truck (or its equivalent) in the customer’s name- load it, then turn it over to you for you to drive to the site. (The truck can be turned in to the U-Haul dealer nearest the site.) Two to three Unit Ones with deck/porch kits can be loaded in one truck. Because of the weight and length of the materials in the kit, it is not possible to use a pick-up truck, van or trailer.

More Information
Price A price list/order form is included in this folder. In the interest of improving our products, Shelter-Kit reserves the right to change prices and specifications without notice.

How to buy a Shelter-Kit house
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We recommend a planned visit to our office In Tilton where we can show you actual S-K buildings, how the modular system works, and slides of houses that other customers have “designed” and built.Specific plans can be discussed, and block models can be experimented with in order to create the Shelter-Kit house you’d like. After we receive your order, we will send you a confirmation and your building will then be scheduled for production. If you have allowed us enough time, the kit will be ready on the date you specify. Normal fabrication time is four weeks-somewhat longer in summer months. During the interim between ordering and receiving your kit, the site should be prepared and the piers installed. Allow at least a week for the concrete to set before construction begins. You should also purchase a large tarpaulin or roll of heavy plastic to protect the bundles of lumber in each kit after delivery and during construction. The payment schedule is explained on the price list/order form. Unless Shelter-Kit agrees in writing to a variation in the schedule, we must ask you to adhere to it as it is set forth. Services We’d rather lose a sale than gain an unhappy or dissatisfied customer! So we make every effort to advise you in any way we can to facilitate the successful completion of your Shelter-Kit house. We’re a small companyso we think we’re better able to determine each customer’s requirements and wishes in detail before the house is built. What’s more -we really care whether you’re happy with the results. We can advise you on how to go about getting a building permit We can tell you how to install insulation in your S-K house. We can supply information about which wood stove, among the many on the market, we think is best. What should be done about a septic system? A well for your water supply? We can tell you what we know. And if we don’t know the answer, or have no opinion on a question -we’ll tell you that too.

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Uses of Shelter-Kit buildings
In addition to seasonal and year round homes our buildings have been used as: Warming house for paddle tennis court Artist studio Study Real estate office Pump room to house snow-making equipment at ski area Emergency store for flood victims Many other uses are possible: Nursery School Cabana on the beach or at a pool Youth hostel Camp buildings Storage shed Carpenters shop Trail-side shelter Gift shop

We invite you to look us up in articles and photo/listings in the following publications: A Design and Construction Handbook For Energy Efficient Homes by Alex Wade; Rodale Press, 1977 The Complete Kit House Catalog, By Frank Coffee; Wallaby Pocket Books, Simon & Schuster, 1979 Kit Houses By Mail, by Brad McDole and Chris Jerome; The Stonesong Press, Grosset & Dunlap, Inc., 1979 30 Energy Efficient Houses, by Alex Wade; Rodale Press, 1980 The Complete Catalog of Mail Order Kits, by Anna Sequoia; Rawson, Wade Publishers, Inc. 1981 Getting a Roof Over Your Head, by The editors at Garden Way; Garden Way Publishing, 1983 The Home How-To Source Book, by Mike McClintock: Charles Scriber’s Sons Publishers, 1983 The Best Kit Homes, by Joanna Wissinger; Rodale Press, 1987 Workbench – July, August 1971 Science & Mechanics – Aplril 1972 Woman’s Day – September 1972 Mechanix Illustrated – June 1973, 1975 The First New England Catalogue – 1973 House & Garden Guide – 1973-74 Edition The Washingtonian Magazine – July 1974 House & Garden – January 1976 Popular Science – March 1979 Country Journal – October 1980, January/February 1990 Fine Homebuilding – October/ November 1981 Family Handyman – May/June 1985 Harrowsmith – May/June 1987, November/December 1989 Family Circle – August 1987 New York Times – 28 June 1971, 20 April 1975 Boston Globe – 31 August 1975 Maine Times – 15 May 1981 Christian Science Monitor – 11 September 1981 New Hampshire Times – 12 May 1982 Pittsburg Press – 21 November 1982 USA Today – 9 December 1982 New Hampshire Sunday News – 11 October 1987 Washington Post – 21 January 1988, 1 June 1989

The modular compoments

How the modular system works

UNIT ONE

Unit One with a deck.

PORCH

ENCLOSED PORCH

Add another Unit One and an enclosed porch.

DECK

Add a Unit One.

Add a Unit One and a deck.

Add two more Unit Ones and two more decks.

Elevations

Specifications
Rev 3/03 All Shelter-Kit buildings are sold without insulation, partitions, interior finish or fixtures. S-K reserves the right to substitute materials of equal quality to those listed below.
Windows One 5’x3’ two-panel sliding window. “bronze” aluminum frame, 1/2” insulating glass (standard). Full screen included. Clerestory 1/8” clear plexiglass 16”x11’ 8” (installed above sliding glass door). Options 1. Extra 5’x3’ sliding windows. 2. 3’x3’ sliding windows. 3. 6’x6’ 8” sliding glass doors. 4. 3’x6’ 8” solid core pre-hung exterior doors. Hardware Bolts 1/2” dia galvanized steel, with galvanized steel nuts & washers. Anchor bolts ( for foundation ) not included. Nails All galvanized. Other Custom-designed & machined aluminum angles & brackets. Galvanized steel joist connectors, hangers, bridging, post anchors. Instructions Site preparation & Construction Manual. PORCH Piers Three 10” dia concrete piers. 1/2” dia anchor bolts imbedded in tops. Overall dimensions 9’x12’ Area 108sq ft Weight approx 1/2 ton. (When porch enclosed, weight approx 3/4 ton.) Ceiling height Front 7’0” Rear 8’4” Windows None. Doors None. Options Same as Unit One. Hardware Same as Unit One. Instructions Construction Manual supplement. (When porch enclosed, also Construction Manual supplement.) DECK Piers Same as Porch. Overall dimensions Same as porch. Weight approx 1/4 ton. Frame, Flooring, Hardware Same as Unit One. NOTE: 2x6 spaced decking is sometimes available as an option. Instructions Construction Manual supplement TOOLS 2 wrenches 3/4” 1 saw 1 large screwdriver 1 No. 1 Philips head screwdriver 1 No. 2 Philips head screwdriver 2 stepladders 6’ 2 carpenters’ aprons 2 pr work gloves 1 caulking gun 1 roofing brush w/pole 2 hammers 1 nail set 1 string level 1 carpenter’s level 1 paint pail 1 paint brush 1 pc chalk 1 ball string 1 folding rule 1 linoleum knife Hand cleaner Unit One Piers Six 10” dia concrete piers. 1/2” dia anchor bolts imbedded in tops. Design live loads Roof (snow) 50 lbs sq/ft Floor 40 lbs sq/ft Walls (wind) 15 lbs sq/ft Overall dimensions 12’x12’ Area 144 sq ft Weight approx 2 tons. Height of floor above piers 2’ Ceiling height Front 9’2” Frame Posts Floor joists Floor headers Rafters Roof Joists Studs Sheathing Siding Flooring Roofing Weather sealing Roof Rear 7’10” 4x4 Douglas fir, select, structural. 2x10 spruce, 2’ o.c. 2x10 spruce, single or double as required 2x10 Douglas fir or southern yellow pine no. 1. 2x10 spruce, single or double as required. 2x4 spruce (used as nailing points on siding). 1x8 pine, t & g clapboard. 1x8 pine, t & g. 3/4” A-C exterior plywood, 4’x8’ sheets. Double coverage (mineral surface) roll roofing. All nails concealed. Aluminum or galvanized steel drip edge. clear wood preservative, field-applied. Caulking compound, field-applied with caulking gun.

Frame Joints

Frame identical to Unit One, except roof frame uses short-span 2x6 Douglas fir rafters, 2’ o.c. Sheathing Siding None. (Same as Unit One when porch is enclosed.) Flooring Same as Unit One. Roofing Same as Unit One. Weather sealing Same as Unit One.

Doors One set 12’x6’8” four-panel sliding glass doors. “bronze” aluminum frame, 5/8” insulating tempered glass (standard). Keylock, twoscreen panels included

2 gals clear wood preservative & 3 tubes caulking compound are included in the Unit One kit.

Frame One

CONSTRUCTING FRAME ONE

Frame One is a stripped-down twin of Unit One; same size, same high quality of design and materials. But it’s the frame only – without flooring, roofing, siding, doors or windows. The compact kit can be shipped economically to any part of the country in five bundles that include all pre-cut lumber and all hardware required to complete the frame. FRAME ONE COMPLETED

KIT 170
1 Unit One frame

CONSTRUCTING A UNIT ONE

A UNIT ONE COMPLETED

Expansion of a Unit One
BEFORE (198 square feet)

AFTER

(450 square feet)

BEFORE Unit One with a deck is the simplest form of this modular house.

AFTER The owners more than doubled its space by converting the deck to a porch, and by adding another Unit One and enclosed porch to make additional rooms. The Shelter – Kit modular system is designed to make such additions easy and practical.

Cabin plans

KIT 38
1 Unit One 1 Porch 1 12’ sliding glass door 1 5’x3’ sliding window 1 set tools Construction Manual

KIT 51
1 Unit One 1 Enclosed Porch 1 Deck 1 12’ sliding glass door 2 3’x3’ sliding windows 1 set tools Construction Manual

KIT 49
1 Unit One 1 Porch 1 Special Deck 1 12’ sliding glass door 1 5’x3’ sliding window 1 set tools Construction Manual Partitions, screens, fixtures & furnishings supplied by owner.

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C Cabin A
Unit One allows ample and comfortable space for two. Bunks with storage area beneath, shelves and a drop-table can be built in. A small wood-burning stove provides adequate heat in the uninsulated shell even in 20 degree temperatures. Cooking is satisfactory on a propane stove. An outdoor toilet is easy to construct. Unit One with both a porch and an open deck creates additional space to allow for the installation of a small bathroom and kitchenette at the rear. The addition of an enclosed porch at the rear to accommodate a bathroom and small kitchen makes possible the full use of Unit One

Cabin B

Cabin C B

1-bedroom plan (454 square feet)

KIT 55
1 Unit One 2 Enclosed Porches 2 Decks (1 Special) 1 6’ sliding glass door 1 5’x3’ sliding window 4 4’x3’ sliding windows 1 set tools Construction Manual

Partitions, screens, fixtures & furnishings supplied by owner.

Elevations

1-bedroom plan (450 square feet)

KIT 43
2 Unit Ones 1 Enclosed Porch 1 Deck 1 12’ sliding glass door 2 5’x3’ sliding windows 3 3’x3’ sliding windows 1 junction kit 1 set tools Construction Manual

Partitions, screens, fixtures & furnishings supplied by owner.

Elevations

2-bedroom plan (629 square feet)

KIT 89
2 Unit Ones 2 Enclosed Porches 2 Decks 1 12’ sliding glass door 2 5’x3’ sliding windows 3 3’x3’ sliding windows 1 junction kit 1 set tools Construction Manual Partitions, screens, fixtures & furnishings supplied by owner.

Elevations

2-bedroom plan (686 square feet)

KIT 36
2 Unit Ones 3 Enclosed Porches 1 Deck 1 12’ sliding glass door 1 5’x3’ sliding window 6 3’x3’ sliding windows 1 junction kit 1 set tools Construction Manual Partitions, screens, fixtures & furnishings supplied by owner.

Elevations

2 to 4-bedroom plan (895 square feet)

KIT 28
3 Unit Ones 3 Enclosed Porches 2 Decks 1 12’ sliding glass door 5 5’x3’ sliding windows 1 3’x3’ sliding window 2 junction kits 1 set tools Construction Manual Partitions, screens, fixtures & furnishings supplied by owner.

Elevations

3-bedroom plan (730 square feet)

KIT 79
3 Unit Ones 2 Enclosed Porches 1 Deck 1 12’ sliding glass door 4 5’x3’ sliding windows 2 3’x3’ sliding windows 2 junction kits 1 set tools Construction Manual

Partitions, screens, fixtures & furnishings supplied by owner.

Elevations

3-bedroom plan (1056 square feet)

KIT 82
4 Unit Ones 3 Enclosed Porches 2 Decks (1 special) 1 3’ solid core door 1 6’ sliding glass door 3 5’x3’ sliding windows 5 3’x3’ sliding windows 3 junction kits 1 set tools Construction Manual

Partitions, screens, fixtures & furnishings supplied by owner.

Elevations

3-bedroom plan (1171 square feet)

KIT 27
6 Unit Ones 2 Decks 2 6’ sliding glass door 6 5’x3’ sliding windows 1 3’x3’ sliding window 7 junction kits 1 set tools Construction Manual

Partitions, screens, fixtures & furnishings supplied by owner.

Elevations

Unit Ones in multi-modular form

“Designed” by the owners, the set-back combinations of nine Unit Ones and seven decks of this house plan demonstrate the versatility of the Shelter-Kit modular system. Maximum use of glass doors and deck space give a real sense of outdoor living.

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