A young Finnish designer bypasses building permits by creating an affordable tiny home under 100 square feet.
In Finland, houses with a floor area between 96 to 128 square feet do not require a building permit, so when local industrial designer Robin Falck decided to build his own cabin in the picturesque municipality of Sipoo, he made sure to keep the tiny home under 100 square feet.
"In 2010, I wanted to build a place of my own. I found this beautiful plot and I set out to design a compact getaway for myself. I also wanted to maximize this small space, use local, recycled materials, and build it myself," explains Falck, who named the cabin Nido, which translates to "bird's nest" in Italian.
Not only was Falck able to save on the cost of the building permit, he also found recycled materials, which he used for the bulk of the construction. This further reduced his expenditure on the project, and the total cost for the Nido cabin was just around $10,500.