We've seen plenty of impressive prefab companies from all-across the US, but it's Scandinavia that seems to consistently produce tiny homes and modular cabins that are truly next level. Established in 2018, the Oslo-based prefab company Norske Mikrohus follows that rule, specializing in cabins for those seeking a smaller, more environmentally friendly, and affordable home that brings them closer to nature.
Co-founded by David and Jeanette Reiss-Andersen, the company offers three mobile cabins inspired by the Norwegian environment - the Heim, Tind, and the recently released Rast. The cabins differ in size primarily, but the styles differ enough that there's something for every type of tiny-modular-prefab-cabin proclivity.
And while the outside of each Norske Mikrohus cabin follows trends we've seen in many prefab abodes, the impressive attention to detail makes these sets these models apart. From a washing machine in the bathroom to strategically placed windows, the Andersens have a cabin-dweller's needs in mind.
At 237 square feet, the Heim was one of the company's first models. As the largest of the three, it's the most traditionally house-like too, featuring a full-size kitchen and sleeping loft. The interior is clad in poplar veneer with oak detailing and light finishings for a clean, fresh feel. High ceilings, double-glass front doors, and plenty of windows help create a more spacious feel inside, while built-in furniture provides plenty of storage under the stairs and daybed. Options for customization are a plenty-add a washing machine, small bookcase, woodstove, and more (but fair warning, they'll cost you extra).
The Tind has the smallest footprint at 70 square feet. It's also the most Ikea-esque, and makes smart use of its modest size. Similar in plan to the Heim, it features a full-size kitchen and sleeping loft but has a slightly more modern feel with its minimal oiled-birch interior. The lack of decorative elements is a practical choice as well, as people often bump up against walls in small spaces. Clever elements like corner windows in the bathroom and a walk-in closet keep the interior spacious here, too, and options like a loft skylight and stainless steel appliances add some luxury.
Last up is the Rast cabin, which Norske Mikrohus recently released in September 2021. At 174 square feet, the Rast is designed for short-term stays versus long-term living (think for along the lines of #vanlife). Unlike the Heim and Tind, the Rast only has a modest kitchenette and no loft, but makes up for it with an efficiently designed bunk bed, and a large day-bed to bed to table folding unit. The interior is sleek and light, with birch cladding and vinyl flooring, while the exterior is a familiar dark-washed Norwegian spruce.
Norske Mikrohus has taken steps to make its cabins environmentally friendly beyond their light footprints, too. The company makes them with sustainably harvested wood, and each is available in an off-grid option, although the company elects a hybrid approach utilizing gas for appliances.
Currently, Norske Mikrohus ships cabin kits throughout Scandinavia. All three models are built in the company's factory in Oslo, and prices start at roughly $100k USD.