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Old 02-25-2015, 06:49 AM
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As Svensk Damtidning told already in the beginning of May 2013, that the court staff was emptying Villa Solbacken, the waiting seems a little bit strange, surely Carl Philip and Sofia have talked before their engagement that they will move there.
But maybe they changed in some point their plans and decided that they want to do a totally new Villa Solbacken, as the press tells that they want to change the floor plans and build balconies. So they need more permits than just to electricity and watering system.
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Old 02-25-2015, 11:28 PM
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I think you are right. The way we live now is not the way they lived then. That change is reflected in the style and structure of the houses we build today.

Isn't it amazing to think that a kitchen on par with a professional is the rule rather than the exception these days. I am not sure about the bathrooms in Sweden, but my parents didn't have a shower in their home, just a lovely big old claw footed bath (which surprisingly seem to be back in vogue). It's sad to think that we are so 'time poor' that we seldom have the time to indulge daily in a big, relaxing bath . . . no, these days we whip in and out for a 'quick shower', because we are always in a hurry. These days bathrooms have his and hers 'everything' and are far, far, bigger and merely facilitate the manic pace of modern times and the way we live our lives.

Those changes merely reflect lifestyle and technological changes, but add in your personal tastes and nothing is 'simple' any more.
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Old 04-13-2015, 08:06 AM
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Photos of Villa Solbacken, taken by photographer Patrik Österberg on 11th April.
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Photo from Wikimedia, taken 9th April.
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Old 09-18-2015, 12:44 PM
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Stoppa pressarna quotes an article in Expressen Extra
The gift became a curse. Now it turns out that Prince Bertil's house which Carl Philip inherited is a hovel.
The historic functionalist villa of 250 square meters with two balconies was built in 1930 and looks from the outside like a real dream house. But Expressen Extra reveals that the house is in fact a hovel that really should be demolished.
- The generous legacy has turned into headaches for the prince.
Villa Solbacken may also have asbestos and is in great need of extensive renovations. Also, it costs a lot to own a property that no one lives in. Expenses Carl Philip himself must stand for since he is the owner of the house.
- Normal costs such as heating, insurance, water and sanitation, says Keeper of the Privy Purse Jan Lindman from the court.
Carl Philip and Sofia live in another property on Djurgården. Many thought that the couple would move into Villa Solbacken almost immediately after the wedding, but it seems no longer to be considered on the catastophic condition. In February the prince send in a planning application to get renovation to the villa, but nothing has happened yet.
The legacy has become a real nightmare for the prince. The options to demolish or sell the house are not actual, because the house was Prince Bertil's gift to Carl Philip.
- He has no choice, says an informed source.
There would be an outcry if the Prince sold his inheritance. Moreover, Villa Solbacken is part of the Swedish royal history.
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Old 09-19-2015, 03:39 AM
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So is he living in another villa owned by the Royal Family of Sweden for now until this villa is renovated?
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Old 09-19-2015, 04:17 AM
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So is he living in another villa owned by the Royal Family of Sweden for now until this villa is renovated?
The house where Carl Philip and Sofia live in Djurgården, is not owned by the Royal Family. The king has the right of disposition of Royal Djurgården. Today, this right is exercised by the Royal Djurgården Administration which is a part of the Royal Court of Sweden.
The house where Carl Philip and Sofia are living. There are several apartments at the house and Carl Philip and Sofia live in one of them.
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Old 10-04-2015, 02:24 AM
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Expressen writes that there is still not any renovation plan with Villa Solbacken and it requires millions from Carl Philip's pocket. Jan Lindman, the financial director of the court, says that it is the prince's private property and the renovation isn't burdening the court administration.

Villa Solbacken was built in 1930 and bought by Prince Bertil in 1949. The building was designed by architect Ragnar Hjorth and is in functional style. Prince Carl Philip inherited the house after the death of Prince Bertil in 1997 with the condition that Princess Lilian had the right to stay there as long as she lived. The living area is approximately 200-250 square meters, with it's enclosed garden plot. The villa consists currently of seven rooms. There is also a large balcony. The documents submitted to the City Planning in January show that Carl Philip and Sofia want to make a total rearrangement of the house and build more balconies.
Villa Solbacken is classed as a modern k-listed building, green classification. For this reason the prince couple have to apply for any changes they want to make, both externally and internally.

On January 30, Lindman sent documents to the City Planning regarding Villa Solbacken, the application forms for construction matters. The documents showed that there was extensive work to be done. Today - over eight months later - absolutely nothing has happened.
- No, that's right. We have not come forward right now in the process.
The house needs a total renovation and it is reportedly where the problem has occurred. The renovation must be paid by Carl Philip's and Sofia's private funds. The documents show that Carl Philip had wanted the construction to start already on 1 February.
- There is at the moment no timetable for the renovation. It is about a total interior and exterior renovation. Such elementary things as electricity and water must be reviewed and will almost certainly be renewed, says Lindman.
But it's been eight months?
- Yes, but it's been a busy year for the couple with a lot of work, engagement, wedding and the honeymoon. They have chosen to prioritize other areas than the renovation of the house this year. The couple wants to make a cozy and modern accommodation. But there is much to be done. They want to bring in the house's aesthetic values. It's a big house and a big project.
When they can move in?
- Impossible to say at the moment.
Are they thinking to ignore the renovation and sell the house?
- No, there are no such plans. The house will not be sold, said Lindman.
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Old 10-12-2015, 08:09 AM
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Gossip magazine Hänt i Veckan wrote last week about Villa Solbacken, that according to the neighbours there is no renovation going at the villa right now. And according to Hänt i Veckan Carl Philip and Sofia are now thinking if they are moving to the villa at all. The villa is close to a popular walkway. Having been grown in Älvdalen Sofia surely wants to live more separately when she becomes a mother and Sofia is worried that the renovation with removing radon isn't good enough to remove the poison gas, especially when thinking about the baby. Carl Philip is facing a difficult moral dilemma: as a beloved godson he can't say no to a gift from his great-uncle.
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Old 04-05-2016, 06:10 AM
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What a shame, if nothing is done to the villa at all it will just decay even further. Surely they could do what any other person or couple would do and save money and renovate bit by bit.
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Old 05-03-2016, 08:00 AM
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Carl Philip has got the building permit for the renovation of Villa Solbacken.

The original plan was that they would have moved in 2015, after the couple married, but the building permit was delayed when several things needed to be sorted out.
Now Mitti i can reveal that the Prince family received a building permit for renovation. In an email to the city in February Princess Sofia wrote:
"Here comes the building permit drawings! Should we book a date in early February to the start-up meeting with all involved? Kindly, Sofia."
And now a building permit is given by the city - after 14 months of waiting.
- The application has been processed to reflect the city planning, and it was only in April that the application was complete, writes Mats Kager, Head of urban office building permit department, in an email.
For security reasons, no drawings are given, but the documents indicate that the prince couple will make some changes to the exterior, and also some changes in the plan solutions. Too much should not be changed as the house is culture classified by Stadsmuseet.
- The house is considered to have a high historical value, which limits the possibilities for changes. Any changes should be gentle and not distorting, says Kager.
Margareta Thorgren from the court says that it is too early to say when a renovation can begin, but that the process is now going on with the building permit.
Who will pay for the renovation?
- Solbacken is privately owned by Prince Carl Philip and the renovation is therefore financed by the prince himself.
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Old 05-03-2016, 08:36 AM
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The place looks worn-out. Renovation will be costly...

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Old 05-03-2016, 03:34 PM
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That must be some expensive renovations! I imagine the changes are significant, probably the reason it took a while to get a permit
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Old 07-06-2016, 04:19 AM
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Expressen has seen documents which show that the renovation of Villa Solbacken should be ready in March 2017. The court treasurer Jan Lindman thinks it is very possible that Carl Philip and Sofia can move to Villa Solbacken next spring, there has been done big renovations.
- It's about an absolutely complete interior and exterior renovation. Such elementary things as electricity and water have to be reviewed, says Jan Lindman.
How long will it take?
- We hope that this is clear, as I said in 2017.
Villa Solbacken is privately owned by Carl Philip and all renovation will therefore be funded by own resources.
- This is the prince's private property and the renovation will be paid by the prince couple. Not the royal court, says Lindman.
Då står prinsparets drömboende Villa Solbacken klart _ Kungligt _ Expressen
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Old 08-20-2016, 04:46 AM
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The renovation of Villa Solbacken begins in the fall if the planning documents for the building permission are approved.
- In the autumn we will be able to set a definite timetable for the renovation, said Jan Lindman. I can not say for sure that it will be ready in March 2017. The construction project is a matter, then the furnishing project that will affect when the couple will actually be able to move in, says Jan Lindman, treasurer of the court.
Villa Solbacken is unlike Haga Palace, where Crown Princess Victoria lives with her family, not a royal building. The villa built in 1930 is classified as a modern k-listed building with green classification - a lower level, but it still implies a high historical value. The house is part of the Royal National City Park. This means that the buildings which house Solbacken is contained are valuable from historical, cultural, environmental or artistic point of view and not be distorted anyway.
- The fact that it is not a royal palace and thus not subject to the right of disposal from the state, there are fewer parties to assess the renovation and interior decoration. Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia have great freedom to decorate as they want, says Lindman.
Sofias och Carl Philips drömhus för Alexander är snart klart _ Kungligt _ Expressen
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Old 08-20-2016, 05:12 AM
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Makes sense to me. The villa is private property, logical that the couple has almost free hands within the limitations of monumental preservation.
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Old 11-05-2016, 10:06 AM
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Expressen tells about the renovation of Villa Solbacken, which is now going on. The entire property is surrounded by scaffolding and parts of the house are wrapped in plastic.
- The renovation work is ongoing, it is true, says Jan Lindman, treasurer of the court.
But it is far from clear. The plan was to move in in March 2017, a month before Alexander's first birthday in April.
Now the court tells that it is not at all certain that the family can move in then.
- You can not say it with all certainty, no. They're working on out there and it is much to be done, there is a very extensive renovation, says Lindman.
Här byggs prinsessan Sofias och prins Carl Philips drömhus _ Kungligt _ Expressen
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Old 12-07-2016, 11:13 AM
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Expressen tells about the renovation of Villa Solbacken

Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia painted their house - without permission.
The couple are criticized in a report from the Stockholm City, but they don't have to fix the error.
- I had not agreed to the color, says curator Eva Wallström who never was consulted about the color scheme.
The document from the City of Stockholm Expressen has taken note of states that the municipality had comments regarding the color of the facade. The comments emerged after a visit to the municipality did during the ongoing work on the construction.
"The facade is cleaned and colored without our participation. The yellow tint on the facade is slightly lighter than the original", the document said.
As Villa Solbacken is a building that is considered to be of historical value there are strict rules about how the house must be renovated.
- A curator is usually involved in the process in order to be able to ensure that the cultural and historical value are preserved, says Eva Wallström.
In this case the Royal couple, through its contractor, has not let the curator to part in the decision on what color the facade should have.
The facade is slightly lighter than the original color - which is not approved by the curator.
- I had chosen another yellow tone to make it conform to the original tone, says Eva Wallström.
In retrospect - had you accepted that color?
- I had not agreed to the color. But there is a small nuance, so there is no major deviation.
Will this lead to any action?
- No, the differential is not so great that it is reasonable to ask for change, says Wallström.
Margareta Thorgren from the press department:
- This is a private building, and therefore it is nothing that the court can comment.
Carl Philip och Sofia får kritik för sitt val av färg _ Kungligt _ Expressen

Svensk Damtidning has an article about the renovation on their newest issue.
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