In Sweden you will not find the “McMansions” that the US is known for. I think this is better. The excess of size of houses, show of affluence that many Americans feel is important, is catching up with us. The downturn of the value of homes in the real estate market has caught many homeowners owing more than their house is worth currently.
The return of the value on those homes is a long way off. Even with a pickup of activity of the market, there has been so much market value lost, it will be years before we are even on the value before the downturn. Some are now seeking to downsize and live in smaller homes than before.
Here is a slideshow of some typical houses in Sweden. I have included apartment buildings, because most Swedes live in apartments, in the city. This partly is because the young population going to the university, or starting jobs in the city. Student housing is very scarce, and many who have an apartment or house will rent a room to a student.
- Farmhouse Farmhouse outside Linkoping
- Typical Red House in Countryside Typical Red House in Countryside
- Apartments in Linkoping Apartments in Linkoping
- Apartments in Older Building Apartments in Older Building
- Yellow Stucco House Yellow Stucco House
- Dark Blue House
- House with Hedge Many houses have a hedge as a fence and privacy.
- Tile Roof Most roofs are tile, in Sweden
- Yellow house
- Our Neighborhood
The red paint that is very common on houses is called, Falu Rödfärg. It is from the Faulen Mine, and has been in serious production since 1764. It is made from “throwaway” ore that has a low copper content. Some other minerals are used to make this pigment.
At first the pigment was only used by royalty, then by the very rich, then by the clergy, then it passed to the common people. It is a sign of wealth and prosperity. This made it very popular to use. However the qualities of this paint lets the wood breathe, and moisture and mildew is guarded against. The finish is matte.
Modern paints have replaced the original pigment paint on many houses, but anyone wanting to keep the building in the traditional mode uses the Falu Rödfärg.
Houses may have central heat, or may use the stove and porcelain fire place for heat. Indoor plumbing is standard, and modern appliances in the kitchen. Although, the old cook stove may still have it’s place in the kitchen, along with modern cooking appliances. Usually this is now just for décor, but many can be fired up for occasional use.