måndag 4 juni 2012

It looks like the Studenthuset idea is being more accepted since AF Bostäder has built one of their own. This little house has made it around the world! I saw it on the Tiny House blog and I'm sure it made it on more than one student living blog and many articles.
The problem is a big one for students and young people in Sweden since they can't afford to move in to a new apartment, considering the building prices here. The idea that a house of 15 square meters is permit-free, legal to live in and somewhat encouraged in Sweden is fantastically unique and should be taken advantage of more that it does.
One of the problems, though is that most people that have a yard to put one in, don't need the extra income or the hassle of having a student living so close. The students have bad reputations though, based on late night drinking and singing in the university towns here, so this has a tendency to dissuade people from renting to a student as well.
The other might be the price. We at Microhus build these tiny houses and there are as many different trades and functions in these houses as in a larger one, so I generally inform my clients that 30 square meters only costs 20% more than 15 square meters because of all the different building moments that go into building a mini-villa like this. They are as well built as a high end houses, following the energy norms for the region and the moisture rules for Sweden. This leads to a high cost per square meter which is usually around 1500 Euros per square meter, which is cheap for a villa, but expensive for a "Friggebod"
Its the Ikea mentality again, which leads people to believe that things a cheaper than they are.
Anyway, if there are any takers, we have these buildings available for 20000 Euros and up depending on the finishes. Call or send and email, but first check out our website at Microhus.se
Bye for now!
Kenton Knowles

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