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A Dutch firm created a flexible living solution. Not a tinyhouse but focusing on a higher segment and sustainability.
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The Industry is growing, but it has trouble attracting highly educated young people. Among other things, it is lacking in a contemporary residential and living environment that meets their wishes. Now, for them, the step towards purchasing a property that fits them is disproportionately large, while alternatives like renting or staying with the parents do not offer any relief. Reason for Carel van Sorgen, founder of the fast-growing 247TailorSteel in Varsseveld, to launch a new initiative, SCargo, which develops attractive housing for a young target group. The houses must be built on an industrial scale cost-effective and provide a flexible living solution. "We want to promote the migration of this group by ensuring that they do not stay with an unsold house if they want to leave for a next career step," says Constantijn Cox, business developer at SCargo.

Whiate Tailer Steal Cutting Machine in construction hall
Companies should, of course, be able to invest in such a sustainable living environment, employing 'living' as a flexible tool to bind highly educated young people, for example, by offering the SCargo housing as a secondary residence . "An additional aspect is that the employer can put the SCargo residences on the balance sheet and can write off." In addition to companies, Cox thinks of knowledge and care institutions as potential customers - and to the seniors who want to live closer to their (small) children , in the SCargo home that can be equipped with state-of-the-art dumbo and senior facilities. The concept breaks down against the currently hip 'tiny houses', says Cox, but it does not matter. 'Our house is definitely not called' tiny', considering a living space of more than 100 m2. We are deliberately focusing on the higher segment, where sustainability aspects such as design, luxury, convenience and comfort are desirable. The house is all-electric, so prepared for a gasless future, and equipped with state-of-the-art high tech.'

2 people looking at a cardboard model of a house

In Winterswijk there is already a model house. "With an order book of around 200 homes, we are really starting out. This justifies the investment in a factory, given our preference in the Achterhoek. A large production hall will be needed because we want to produce 8,000 homes a year. With the industry and some Achterhoek municipalities, we can see if we can realize a SCargo district with fifty homes. "Elsewhere in the Netherlands, the same problem arises, so the initiators also speak municipalities for the establishment of 'SCargo Dropzones' where SCargo owners can always be with their (moveable) property in the future. "But first, we want to see the industry whether it's up to them. A challenge lies mainly with governments. The 'old' living with its fixed patterns and inflexibility is at the time of replacement. We provide governments with a flexible solution for sustainable land policy, which can help them meet growth and shrinkage. This requires adaptation of laws and regulations: under the heading "temporary" it must be possible to put flexible housing into the market. "