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Ikea launches line of prefabricated homes in Hesse

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10:48 CET+01:00
The build-it-yourself Swedish furniture giant Ikea presented its “BoKlok” line of prefabricated houses in the state of Hesse with the guarantee there would be no assembly required.

The company teamed up with building firm Skanska to develop several different models, which will be constructed by German firm Bien-Zenker. The first set of nine row houses will be sold in the Wiesbaden suburb of Auringen on April 17.

“No customer will have to put their home together themselves with a Allen key,” Bien-Zinker head Philipp Mühlbauer joked.

Click here for a photo gallery of Ikea's new homes.

One week later another 30 Ikea row houses and apartments will go on the market in Offenbach. Owners will be able to move in before year's end, Mühlbauer said.

The energy-efficient prefab houses, which sell for between €180,000 and €250,000, are expected to be allotted by drawing due to high demand.

“We want to make the process as relaxed as possible for our customers,” Ikea spokesperson Sabine Nold said, adding that further locations include Nuremberg and Hofheim-Langenhain in the Taunus region near Frankfurt.

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The BoKlok, or "build clever," group operates independently, but uses IKEA stores for sales presentations. The company plans to buy plots of land and erect the homes with standard floor plans in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Great Britain.

Models include 84 or 102-square-metre living spaces, in addition to family homes with two, three, or four bedrooms.

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