IKEA has expanded their product base to include flat-pack houses, in an effort to cut prices involved in a first-time buyer’s home. the homes were invented in 1997 in response to housing problems in sweden. costly but ‘unnecessary’ house details were cut out after an exhaustive survey of what young house-hunters considered essential, as opposed to ideal. the product, named ‘bokloks‘ will be launched at the end of febuary 2005. more than 1,400 ‘bokloks’ are de-flatpacked and up and are running on 45 sites in sweden, norway and denmark.