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The pride of Sweden, eh?

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Looks like an expensive trailer house.
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I don't know about you guys, but everything I've ever had from Ikea eventually falls apart
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It's a dream of mine to one day live in a small, prefab home. My house is big and I misplace things constantly. And the cleaning.
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Looks like an expensive trailer house.

That's what 'prefab' means.

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I'd rather live in a tiny natural home that I built myself. WAY more amazing, and much less than $86,000
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I'd rather live in a tiny natural home that I built myself. WAY more amazing, and much less than $86,000

I want to live in one of these Eco-Domes. More sturdy than I imagine the IKEA house would be.


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I love those domes! I once saw a house on Jacksonville, FL Beach that was sort of underground in the back, and the front faced the beach with these two huge oval windows that looked like eyes.
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I make cob/strawbale/earthbag houses and some can be very similar to those (I'm a natural builder). I just haven't made one for myself, yet.
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Considering in my area you can buy small homes for well under $86k, this seems expensive.

But perhaps its for people who want something new yet still cheap.
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I have family and coworkers that live in manufactured homes. And they are happy with them. The way they build them now is much better than they used to. Well insulated, 6 inch outside walls available. Gone is the paneling. I scanned the comments for the IKEA house. Much of them were pretty negative. I like small living. There is that site with those really really tiny houses. Some of them can be towed. I think that's great. I'm a homebody so I do need a certain amount of space. Some of the houses built today. So large. And just watch "House Hunters" on HGTV, what some people think they "need"
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I'd rather live in a tiny natural home that I built myself. WAY more amazing, and much less than $86,000

Do you ever plan to do this? That would be wonderful!

My oldest brother I haven't spoken to in over 25 years. He's a JW. It's a mess. But he worked as a carpenter and said to me once" I've built some really nice houses and always gave the key over to someone else" I wonder why he never built is own. I know he didn't for a fact because my other brother stays in contact with him. He could have but didn't.

I have a couple of books on small space living and cottages. One of them features homes in the San Francisco Bay Area. It has homes that were, I think they called them, Refugee shacks, after the 1906 earthquake. Houses still standing today that were made from several of and/or added on to those "shacks." They think some of them were hauled as far away as Santa Cruz. Interesting.
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That's what 'prefab' means.

Thanks for the enlightenment.
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Well I am surprised they did not make it a kitchen/bathroom. You bathe in the dishwasher and use the toilet in the sink with the garbage disposal to grind down large chunks.


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I saw a segment on Book TV with some economist (unfortunately, I don't remember his name).

He said that the average American house purchased in 1980 was 1,600 square feet. The average American house purchased in 2007 was 2,300 square feet. What accounts for this nearly 50 percent increase in size?

The economist said the primary reason was the access to good public schools. You have to buy at least the average-costing house in a good-average neighborhood in order to get your kids into a good public school. So there is a competition to buy bigger and "better" houses, whether they are more strictly speaking needed or not just to provide shelter.

The Ikea house is about 750 square feet, so just about half the size of the average 1980 house.

I would imagine that the market for such housing is skewed toward empty nesters, childless couples, single persons and the like.
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I have family and coworkers that live in manufactured homes. And they are happy with them. The way they build them now is much better than they used to. Well insulated, 6 inch outside walls available. Gone is the paneling. I scanned the comments for the IKEA house. Much of them were pretty negative. I like small living. There is that site with those really really tiny houses. Some of them can be towed. I think that's great. I'm a homebody so I do need a certain amount of space. Some of the houses built today. So large. And just watch "House Hunters" on HGTV, what some people think they "need"

Same here. I think the Ikea home is cute. I wouldn't want to live in a big house. Too much space, too many rooms to clean, things to fix and way too expensive to heat. I can't watch HGTV shows because they make me cringe. Such a waste of money.
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One thing to keep in mind, trailers – oh, uh, prefab homes – are always going to depreciate in value. It's not like buying a normal house. And you may have difficulty selling a prefab house because it's difficult to get financing for older prefab homes, so not many people will be willing or able to buy.

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Personally I kinda been interested in some of the Micro Homes:

http://www.buildinghomegarden.com/micro-homes.html



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Do you ever plan to do this? That would be wonderful!

Yes, it is my dream in life
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One thing to keep in mind, trailers – oh, uh, prefab homes – are always going to depreciate in value. It's not like buying a normal house. And you may have difficulty selling a prefab house because it's difficult to get financing for older prefab homes, so not many people will be willing or able to buy.


This is nowhere close to true. Some prefab homes are like trailers, but many are not. There are many levels of prefabrication.
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My sister's house she bought in 1999 is a prefab home and its a two story it looks like a traditional house.
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My sister's house she bought in 1999 is a prefab home and its a two story it looks like a traditional house.

Yup. I think some people believe they are limited to singles and double-wides. I know of plenty of cases where they have appreciated just as any other real property.
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Same here. I think the Ikea home is cute. I wouldn't want to live in a big house. Too much space, too many rooms to clean, things to fix and way too expensive to heat. I can't watch HGTV shows because they make me cringe. Such a waste of money.

I admit to watching a lot of HGTV. However if at the beginning of a House Hunters episodes it's "we're looking for at least 4 bedrooms, 3,000 square feet......" I change the channel.

And I'm so sick of "granite counter tops" "stainless steel appliances" "needs to be updated" "so outdated" If something were clean and in good working order, be it a sink or stove, I'd keep it.
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I would imagine that the market for such housing is skewed toward empty nesters, childless couples, single persons and the like.

Like me. Manufactured homes do sell. I've been looking at some online through Realtor.com. All the nice, newer ones do sell. They may not sell in a week. But eventually they are off the site. With a lot of these homes, in 55+ parks, the reality is more will come on the market.
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There's some nice manufactured houses out there. Put them on a full foundation, and people don't know the difference.
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I wouldn't want to live in a big house. Too much space, too many rooms to clean, things to fix and way too expensive to heat.

I live in a larger home and you're right, the cleaning is a serious pain in the arse. It's nice to have space, but with more space comes more floor-tiles to mop, more toilets and bathrooms to clean, more rooms to vacuum, and as soon as you have finished one end, the dust and mess is already building up at the other end. It's no fun.

And even though our house is more energy-efficient than older homes, the amount of energy being used on cooling and heating is still quite alarming so now we're planning to sell it and downsize to something less energy-wasting.

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I think it looks pretty nice, from the photos. But I don't have any snobbery about "trailers"
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I think it looks pretty nice, from the photos. But I don't have any snobbery about "trailers"

Same.

Although I really want something like one of these: http://www.blueforest.com
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I used to be interested in prefab homes and looked into them back in the 90s. There is a huge difference in trailers and prefab houses (or modular homes). Trailers are junk. The walls are very thin and the construction is not made to last. Prefab homes can range from mediocre quality to outstanding. Check out some of the best prefab homes around:

http://www.homedit.com/12-best-prefa...und-the-world/
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