From mini villages to flatpack homes, Tesco's latest property venture

From mini villages to flatpack homes, Tesco's latest property venture




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It is of course no secret that Tesco has moved into property. Only recently the supermarket giant hit headlines when a newspaper ‘broke’ that they would be building ‘mini villages’ across the UK.
 
Tesco didn’t like the term ‘mini village’ and pointed out that their ‘mixed use developments’, (as they call them), are not new at all, but have been around since 1997.
 
And now they’re hitting headlines again, this time for having launched a ‘new’ product; a flatpack log cabin called the Helsinki – which comes complete with five rooms, double glazing, terrace decking and an upstairs storage area.
 
In actual fact Tesco’s Helsinki isn’t new at all, but has been on sale for a while, the current hype has been stirred up by a press agency looking to create some news. But this is by and by – the point being that Tesco is selling flat pack homes; and is now one step closer to world domination.
 
According to a Tesco spokesperson, the Helsinki log cabin is definitely not a home but is a “flat packed log cabin with a number of uses such as a home gym, playroom or workshop.”
 
Tesco says: “Customers’ lifestyles mean demand for extra space at home just keeps growing. At £9,999, we don't expect our Tesco Direct log cabin to be an impulse purchase, but it is certainly less hassle and less costly than moving house or building an extension.
 
“This is a brilliant addition to our range and could be anything from an office to a gym."
Made by Finnish firm Finnlife, at 3.58 metres high and 9.79 metres wide, Tesco claim the cabins are not designed for permanent living. And they can’t be picked up from your local store either, but can only be bought online.
There are a couple of other minor hitches too; they’re likely to need planning permission, and they also, “require an adult to sign upon delivery” – though for a fiver you can have it delivered to your door – (or plot of land).
And if this isn’t enough, customers can even upgrade to a guttering kit, laminate flooring and, are you ready, underfloor heating. 
 
Interestingly, the Finnlife website, from where you can go on to buy the Helsinki for the reduced price of £9,399, very much describes Helsinki as a family home – as a lifestyle even.
 
“With its cosy double glazed windows, the Helsinki invites you to enjoy the simple life all year round. Flexibility is key to the Helsinki lifestyle.
 
“A ladder leads from the three lower rooms to a cosy upstairs hideaway. Arrange the space to suit your needs … teenage clubrooms … office complex … little house on the suburban prairie.

“And then rearrange it later as your lifestyle changes and your family grows up.”
You see, so simple, who needs to worry about getting on the housing ladder? Just one thing though, let’s hope Finnlife didn’t taken any advice from their Swedish neighbours Ikea when drawing up the manuals, otherwise family disputes could take on a whole new meaning...
 

 

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