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(Time)   For $86,500, you can buy a one bedroom house that will be missing two screws, take forever to build with incomprehensible instructions, and fall apart after one year   (newsfeed.time.com) divider line 175
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2012-03-02 05:27:51 PM
Ikea makes houses now?

*reads article*

Well played, submitter...
 
2012-03-02 05:32:58 PM
It's actually what we call, pre-fab homes

I have and IKEA right across the street who has one of these in it's parking lot.
 
2012-03-02 05:34:57 PM
Everyone has a home. But if you don't have a home, you can buy one there.
 
2012-03-02 05:36:30 PM
Old and busted. Sears sold pre-fab houses back before WW1.
 
2012-03-02 05:38:21 PM
Great idea, if they're small enough. Permitting not needed in a lot of places.
 
2012-03-02 05:38:51 PM
Rocio Romero has better designs...and cheaper.
 
2012-03-02 05:39:02 PM

Uzzah: Everyone has a home. But if you don't have a home, you can buy one there.


Aaaand we're done.

/meatballs
//tasty
 
2012-03-02 05:39:24 PM
What about the instructions that miss a step?
 
2012-03-02 05:39:48 PM
Keep track of your materials, don't skip steps in the instructions, tighten any loose bits, and don't drag bookshelves full of books across the floor. Your Ikea furniture will last just fine.
 
2012-03-02 05:40:23 PM
Hömę
 
2012-03-02 05:40:45 PM
Looks like a double wide.
 
2012-03-02 05:41:39 PM

dj_spanmaster: What about the instructions that miss a step?


Didn't you see? IKEA is starting a youtube channel to help you through.

Actually might make a nice retirement cabin. Get two and place them next to each other for a two-level effect with a nice little path running down the middle.
 
2012-03-02 05:41:59 PM
How much does Ikea charge for the dirt road and a broken appliance ( or 2 ) for the front yard??
 
2012-03-02 05:42:06 PM
Looks like a POS trailer. BFD, can buy a trailer for 5K
 
2012-03-02 05:42:12 PM
53'x14' is smaller than a single wide mobile home and this house costs twice as much.

Something tells me these aren't going to sell very well.
 
2012-03-02 05:42:17 PM
Is the article a reply to another article? If not, why the Hell is it written in italics?

/I wonder what the first article was
 
2012-03-02 05:42:43 PM
Also, that picture makes it look like half of a double-wide "manufactured home" (read: mobile).
 
2012-03-02 05:43:04 PM
considering the cost of building houses.. thats not too shabby.

then again you could call it a trailer and not a house
 
2012-03-02 05:43:12 PM
Blacks need not apply.
 
2012-03-02 05:43:21 PM

mrmyxolodian: Looks like a double single wide.

 
2012-03-02 05:43:54 PM
Didn't know you could build an entire house with only an allen key.
 
Skr
2012-03-02 05:45:08 PM
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Congratulations on your new immobile mobile home!
 
2012-03-02 05:46:22 PM

Darth_Lukecash: It's actually what we call, pre-fab homes

I have and IKEA right across the street who has one of these in it's parking lot.


Looks more like a trailer worth about $25K to me.
 
2012-03-02 05:47:06 PM

Old_Chief_Scott: dj_spanmaster: What about the instructions that miss a step?

Didn't you see? IKEA is starting a youtube channel to help you through.

Actually might make a nice retirement cabin. Get two and place them next to each other for a two-level effect with a nice little path running down the middle.


A path! A path!
 
2012-03-02 05:48:21 PM
Looks nicer than a trailer, but I guess you could add wood paneling, orange shag rug, yellow velour furniture and a velvet paint of some sort, Elvis, clown, bullfight.
 
2012-03-02 05:48:24 PM
How is this asinine?

Sounds like it'd be a good started home, especially if you can get a plot of land for a good price.
 
2012-03-02 05:49:08 PM
Doesn't look too bad on the inside. Kind of cozy actually for singles and newlywed couples. Never had anything from Ikea. Do they really turn to shiat in a short time or would they actually last longer if taken care of decently?
 
2012-03-02 05:49:16 PM
Never had a problem with IKEA furniture, don't understand those that do.

Those are well-written instructions considering they don't write a single word.
 
2012-03-02 05:49:41 PM

w00ty: considering the cost of building houses.. thats not too shabby.

then again you could call it a trailer and not a house


shiat, you can buy a house in some places for $8,000.

You just couldn't be a pussy. You would have to move in and then beat up your six biggest neighbors, otherwise, you'll end up a biatch.
 
2012-03-02 05:50:24 PM

Russ1642: Didn't know you could build an entire house with only an allen key.


Why bother with an allen key?

www.vermonttimberworks.com

/hot
 
2012-03-02 05:50:43 PM
 
2012-03-02 05:52:04 PM

RobertBruce: Great idea, if they're small enough. Permitting not needed in a lot of places.


53' x 14' = 742 ft2

I have a relative who recently had to get a variance to build a 1500 ft2 house where they had this place zoned for 1800 ft2 minimum. In the country. Already had a barn, and lots of pasture, for the three horses.

I may eventually inherit land + a 50-something year old 3/2 1200 ft2 ranch (also in the country, but inside a city limits). Tearing down and putting up one of these might be cheaper than remodeling. If the town would allow it. I would want to put it up on a concrete foundation, so I have a storm shelter.

LOTS of places will probably think of/treat these as mobile homes and "oh no, there goes the neighborhood."
 
2012-03-02 05:52:51 PM

angstycoder: Old_Chief_Scott: dj_spanmaster: What about the instructions that miss a step?

Didn't you see? IKEA is starting a youtube channel to help you through.

Actually might make a nice retirement cabin. Get two and place them next to each other for a two-level effect with a nice little path running down the middle.

A path! A path!


But you must assemble them with... a herring!
 
2012-03-02 05:53:01 PM

Whatthefark: 53'x14' is smaller than a single wide mobile home and this house costs twice as much.

Something tells me these aren't going to sell very well.


Hmm, depends on whether there are hipsters who want to take irony to a new level.

puffy999: Also, that picture makes it look like half of a double-wide "manufactured home" (read: mobile).


Hmm, I wonder if there is a term for half of a double-wide mobile home?
 
2012-03-02 05:53:08 PM

Whatthefark: 53'x14' is smaller than a single wide mobile home and this house costs twice as much.

Something tells me these aren't going to sell very well.


Hipsters.
 
2012-03-02 05:54:04 PM

natazha: Old and busted. Sears sold pre-fab houses back before WW1.


My wife's grandparents had one of those. They got shipped by rail, you put it together. It's still standing at the farm.
 
2012-03-02 05:54:42 PM
TheBenR

How is this asinine?

Sounds like it'd be a good started home, especially if you can get a plot of land for a good price.


Buy/rent a brain. Really.
 
2012-03-02 05:55:31 PM
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One of the two on the left then?
 
2012-03-02 05:56:06 PM
If I was going to go that route, I'd order plans for one of Cusato's Katrina cottages and be done with it. You could probably build a sweetheart of a shotgun house for less than 75K using her plans.
 
2012-03-02 05:57:06 PM
Sheesh, that is how much we paid for our 1950's house with about 950 sq. ft., all hardwood floors and cabinets, on a quarter acre of land with a fence and detached garage. Our house is 3-bedrooms and one bath.

This p.o.s. is a horrible deal.

/my husband bought the house 10 years ago
//Even in this economy our house is worth about $125k now
///Almost sold it at full asking price so we could build, then that deal fell through and we stayed
////I've grown to like our small house, less cleaning and upkeep.
 
2012-03-02 05:57:33 PM

Shazam999: natazha: Old and busted. Sears sold pre-fab houses back before WW1.

My wife's grandparents had one of those. They got shipped by rail, you put it together. It's still standing at the farm.


I remember in my history class the prof brought in an old Sears catolog and it had a few different houses you could buy. He even said if the person built them right they would last and he showed us pictures of houses in the area that were bought from Sears and still standing.
 
2012-03-02 06:00:26 PM

salvador.hardin: Keep track of your materials, don't skip steps in the instructions, tighten any loose bits, and don't drag bookshelves full of books across the floor. Your Ikea furniture will last just fine.


Exactly. I don't think subby is too mechanically inclined.
 
2012-03-02 06:00:27 PM
other than the yellow color...I dig it. and frankly, the materials, energy costs savings, and integrated storage make it way more appealing than most trailer homes.

also...not everyone wants to live in a micro mansion.
I personally want to buy some land and build a small prefab house on it... and this is kinda cool to me, also... not being pure sheet metal/drywall...it's not instantly a magnet for every tornado for 5 counties.
 
2012-03-02 06:00:38 PM
People who can't assemble stuff from Ikea shouldn't be allowed to own anything.
 
2012-03-02 06:00:54 PM

natazha: Old and busted. Sears sold pre-fab houses back before WW1.


Yup. You could order one from the catalog, and they sent the materials AND a crew of carpenters to assemble it.

All that is left from that era is the brand of tools: Craftsman.

Here's a typical one
i249.photobucket.com
 
2012-03-02 06:01:14 PM

natazha: Sears


And half of the west side of CLE is made up of them. Singles and the obligatory 5 up, 5 down double with the leaded glass windows, fireplace and china cabinets. Company store housing for the people who turned the steel and coal and oil into gold. Buy 60 plats, knock up 60 houses, deduct from your pay, option to buy, roll it over and sell it after it's payed for and all deductions taken out.

photos.rentlinx.com
 
2012-03-02 06:01:35 PM

salvador.hardin: Keep track of your materials, don't skip steps in the instructions, tighten any loose bits, and don't drag bookshelves full of books across the floor. Your Ikea furniture will last just fine.


THIS.

Further, if you can't assemble IKEA furniture, you are either dimwitted, impatient or a horrible person.

In fact, if you think IKEA furniture is difficult to assemble, you have never attempted flat-pack crap from China. Some very respectable-looking catalogs and sites, not to mention Target, et al, sell decent-looking-in-the-picture (and even ok once you manage to assemble them) furniture that is quite the challenge to piece together. Incomplete instructions, missing parts, mis-drilled holes, inscrutable pseudo-English, etc.

I think, in fact, that some people conflate IKEA furniture with "all flat pack self-assembly" furniture. Not fair. Assemble some of the truly terrible crap and you will come to appreciate the engineering that goes into the Swedish stuff.

/ not a shill... have just assembled a lot of furniture of varying quality...

TheBenR: How is this asinine?

Sounds like it'd be a good started home, especially if you can get a plot of land for a good price.


Also, THIS. I'd love a pre-fab home, and not just as a starter.

Many people seem to be under the impression that site-built, stick-built houses are somehow better made than what could be done in a factory and assembled on your land. Not sure about IKEA's effort, here, as I haven't seen it in person, but I could certainly see a pre-fab house being wonderfully engineered, thoughtfully laid out, environmentally-consciously produced, energy-efficient in every aspect of its design, etc.

Could very well beat the hell out of a McMansion thrown up by the cheapest bidder subcons paid by item completed and, thus, crapping out shacks as fast as they can. I wouldn't buy a house built in the last 10-15 years without very careful inspection, but I'd be quite interested in a pre-fab kit if one fit my situation and needs!
 
2012-03-02 06:03:29 PM
So here's what we'll do. We'll over inflate housing prices over a few decades, give out doomed mortgages, steal like bandits the whole time and when it all crumbles we'll repossess the houses. Instead of readjusting housing costs to attainable, responsible levels again we'll let those properties fallow and hock ridiculously over priced sh*t boxes. Oh, and we'll weasel billions of dollars out of the federal government in the process.

Ung... oh yeah... OH YEAH BAAAABYYYY!!!!

UUUUUNNNNGGGHHHHHH!!!!!

*ejaculates onto a stack of $100 dollar bills*
 
2012-03-02 06:04:26 PM

Skr: Congratulations on your new immobile mobile home!


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A mobile cave that never went anywhere. Fascinating...
 
2012-03-02 06:05:15 PM

Thudfark: People who can't assemble buy stuff from Ikea shouldn't be allowed to own anything.

 
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