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Opera Singer Includes Grand Piano in his 269 Sq. Ft. Home

This is an opera singer’s 269 sq. ft. tiny home that includes a grand piano inside. It’s located in Sweden and also has an additional 86 sq. ft. loft. According to one of our readers, Karin Johansson, the home was purchased for 1,200,000 SEK which translates to about $135,000 in USD a few months ago. It’s said to now be worth $200,000 USD!

In Sweden this is a new house category, like an ADU, and they’re called “Attefallshus” (after the politician Stefan Attefall). It may not be over 25 square meters (269 sqf), and not over 4 meter high (13 feet).

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Opera Singer’s Grand Piano Tiny Home

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Image © Sara Kroon via Mitti.se

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Image © Sara Kroon via Mitti.se

Learn more: http://www.mitti.se/attefallshuset-en-hit-som-minivilla/

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  • Janp
    October 26, 2015, 9:34 am

    Very nice

    • Julie
      October 24, 2017, 12:05 am

      I thought the point of Tiny houses is mainly cost and now I increasingly see tiny homes going for huge prices which are just edging ordinary people into total homelessness. It make me sick to see such places!

      • Denise
        October 24, 2017, 7:08 am

        This is reflective of standard costs in Sweden, one of the reasons housing is much smaller on average, with less square footage, than comparable housing in the U.S.

        No one is forced into homelessness because of housing costs – rather it is usually a combinations of things, along with a series of choices that get a person there. Getting people off drugs/alcohol and getting them mental health treatment often is the first step in the road to independence.

        • vivian smith
          October 24, 2017, 10:31 am

          Having been hit with the recession and 3 mass lay-offs in those years I was living in my car for a while. There are many, many people still disenfranchised because of this. I met MANY people who were still working and frankly, with zero help, it’s much harder to get back into a ‘normal’ life. My ‘neighbor’ was a biochemical Ph.d. Please don’t categorize the homeless as only addicts or mentally ill.

        • Angela
          September 20, 2019, 6:52 am

          I must take issue with you, Denise. At 57, I lost my job, and after searching for nearly a year, my savings was depleted, and I was essentially homeless. I moved to another location after hearing of possible employment available. That did not work out, either, and I was in a desperate situation for a few years.
          Just FYI, I am not now using, and never have used, alcohol or drugs. I made no “series of choices” that caused me to become unemployed. My employer downsized, and other companies that I would have worked for were now relying on technological innovations, outsourcing and a younger workforce. It was not a “choice” I made to grow older.
          Many people are being forced into homelessness because of housing costs…that’s why we have people working at jobs as electricians, secretaries and janitors living in vans and RVs. That’s something we have not seen in previous generations, even though there were drugs, alcohol, mental health issues and people making poor life choices then, too. HUD says that 30% of its income is a reasonable amount for a family to spend on housing. Try finding adequate housing today for 30% of a middle-class family’s income. Not easy to do, and in many places, impossible. Read “55, Underemployed and Faking Normal” or watch the excellent documentary “Inequality for All”. Neither of them espouse radical or off-the-wall ideas. They simply tell the truth. Check them out for yourself.

      • Cap Nemo
        January 15, 2018, 2:17 pm

        Hello Denise,
        While homelessness can be caused by drugs and alcohol, there are natural disasters that require emergency shelter as part of a disaster relief plan. Transitional housing is also needed for situations of unexpected loss, such as a job, divorce, recessions as in 2007 where tent cities in California were quite common. Those who have it good need to remember we all are one heart attack, one accident, one dissolved relationship, one natural disaster from being humbled.

        • Denise
          September 20, 2019, 8:18 am

          Hello Angela,
          Thank you for your comments. Like you, I am older and have been in some desperate situations, including being affected by the recession (I worked in construction at the time). Additionally, I have chronic health issues which have affected my ability to work. I have never lost my housing or accepted welfare despite being beyond depleted financially. If I lost a job, then I found another useless ‘fart’ job such as a cashier in order to tide me over and help break the fall while I searched for the better job to replace the one lost.
          I think you may have misunderstood what I meant by my comment “rather it is usually a combinations of things, along with a series of choices”. You wrote: “I made no “series of choices” that caused me to become unemployed.” and I believe that. We cannot control outside factors hitting us, including age which we have no control over either. However, it is our *response* to those outside factors that make up the “series” of choices I spoke of. For example, you wrote “I moved to another location after hearing of possible employment available.” This is one of those ‘response’ choices that would be in a series of things that *could* put a person in the situation you found yourself in. Why, because moving is expensive and when a person has no income coming in, they obtain said job *first* before actually moving. Again, the “series of choices” would be a *response* to the outside factors hitting one, not *causing* the down and out situation. Unless, it was drugs/alcohol/mental illness, in which case, that is a whole other category, dealt with differently.

          Thank you for the reading suggestions – I will look into them. For the record, my parents barely survived Adolpf Hitler, and my mother to this day does not understand how anyone in the U.S. could end up homeless and not make it here. After what she lived through, where food wasn’t just simply too expensive, but rather completely unavailable, farms and production being decimated by the war. My parents immigrated here and worked their tails off, struggling, saving and making it, they never accepted a handout, while learning to speak English. I never told my mom about some of the outside factors that put me in the financial situation I was in, I just found odd jobs, cashier jobs, scrimped, saved, recycled cans, cut back everything to the bare essentials, did what I needed to do…and made it – several times by the ‘skin of my teeth’.
          Kind regards to you, I hope you are in a better position now – believe in yourself, always fight to survive, and most importantly – Never Give Up.

        • Denise
          September 20, 2019, 8:30 am

          Hello vivian smith, please see my response at the very bottom of the Comment page – sorry, I was intending it to be directly below yours, hence easier to find.
          I wish the best to you and hope you are on your feet now.

    • Cap Nemo
      January 15, 2018, 2:26 pm

      You are correct, the ridiculous prices for units offered by profiteers who would never live in them has diminished the meaning behind the minimalist movement. In some cases the builders live in very big homes where only two people occupy it and they call it an energy efficient home, which in reality is a burden to the utility grid as they hoard the majority of the communities energy and water resources. My advice to everyone is “Don’t buy a tiny home from a builder who doesn’t live in one, they haven’t felt the pain and they really could care less.

  • Kristina H Nadreau
    October 26, 2015, 11:38 am

    this is fabulous for a permanent location. real stairs to bedroom. modern kitchen and bath.

  • MareM
    October 26, 2015, 6:26 pm

    To paraphrase Oliver Twist, “More (pictures) please.” Thanks for sharing this.

  • Mike
    October 27, 2015, 3:00 am

    Great little bachelor pad!! Would be nice to see more.

  • David
    October 27, 2015, 10:28 pm

    No, it is NOT an electronic piano. Doesn’t even look like one. It is in fact a Yamaha baby grand piano that has been installed on a slight angle to the wall to maximise floor space.

    • Jeff
      October 23, 2017, 8:51 pm

      Sure looks like a Yamaha Digital piano…even the smallest baby grand probably wouldn’t fit there…

  • Elizabeth Rubio
    November 30, 2015, 1:35 pm

    I like it very much. In reference to the piano, I believe a set of headphones is hanging from the keyboard; it may be digitalized so that it can be played acoustically or electronically; I don’t know. Somebody inform me, please.

  • Gail Banter
    June 23, 2016, 1:24 am

    Superb architectural concepts, the steps are just correctly placed,
    A sense of luxury in this small space. White is the right treatment here, I must appload the designer.

  • Otessa Regina Compton
    October 23, 2017, 6:04 pm


  • Cathy
    October 23, 2017, 6:36 pm

    Very nice. I can envision myself living here.
    I know where I can get land. I just wonder if strong wind
    would destroy everything.

  • Arlene McCormick
    October 23, 2017, 6:39 pm

    This is nice, I think. Hard to tell when there is only 2 pics. I wish there was more to see.

  • Otessa Regina Compton
    October 23, 2018, 3:03 pm



  • Denise
    September 20, 2019, 7:39 am

    This response is to vivian smith – You wrote: “Having been hit with the recession and 3 mass lay-offs in those years I was living in my car for a while. There are many, many people still disenfranchised because of this. I met MANY people who were still working and frankly, with zero help, it’s much harder to get back into a ‘normal’ life. My ‘neighbor’ was a biochemical Ph.d. Please don’t categorize the homeless as only addicts or mentally ill.”

    I was hit with the same recession. I have always been low income and dealt with chronic health issues. I have never accepted welfare. I went through some extremely tough times, but I have made it. I have also worked with and helped serve meals to the homeless not far from where I live, in downtown Seattle. If you look back carefully at what I wrote, you will see that I don’t believe “the homeless as only addicts or mentally ill.” I wrote: *rather it is usually a combinations of things* along with *Getting people off drugs/alcohol and getting them mental health treatment ***often*** (not always) is the first step in the road to independence.
    This is consistent with what I and others, such as the Union Gospel Mission, are seeing in Seattle – which for *us* here, the statistics overwhelmingly show drug addiction as the main cause for our tent encampments with a much, much smaller amount being ‘traditional’ homeless as you have defined.

  • Theresa
    June 25, 2020, 2:02 am

    As a pianist with a grand piano who wants to live in a small house, I was really disappointed at the misleading title. The piano is NOT a grand piano. It is a Clavinova – a digital piano dressed up with something that only resembles a grand piano. It’s a Yamaha (says so on the fall board) and even the smallest Yamaha grand has thick legs with wheels on them. The thing in the picture is on very skinny legs, and there’s a headphone hanging to the left of the keyboard.

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