by Anders Karlstam
I have attached a picture over a part of our city built up with tiny houses of different designs. This type of building in this type of area are called “kolonistuga” and the tiny houses are called “koloniområde.” This area was built way back to give hard working People in factories a chance to get recreation on vacation.
There are several areas with tiny houses in our city. Most of them are located in surrounding locations of the city, but this one and two to three more areas are located inside the city. It is a very nice contrast to all large buildings.
Usually, people are not allowed to live in these permanently and they are empty during the wintertime.
Every house is owned personally, but owners have to be a members of a community that rents the land from the city. So every house owner rents the ground from the community, which is called a leasehold.
This community is called “Slottsskogskolonin” and was founded back in 1915. In the beginning it had 155 leaseholds and had about 40 tiny houses built in the first year. Today, the community consists of 154 leaseholds about 250 – 300 sq meters each.
Every leaseholder can have a tiny house no larger than 20 sq meters with a porch no larger than 6 sq meters.
I should also mention that there are regulations that say that all buildings have to be preserved in the architectural style of the period. Leasholders are also allowance to build a small storage building for storing personal items such as tools and gardening equipment. This storage building can be no larger than 3 sq meters.
And yes, all tiny houses in this area have running water, drainage, and electricity.