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New Small Prefabs From Ikea

"Swedish furniture company IKEA, has collaborated with Oregon architectural firm Ideabox, to launch its first line of prefabricated houses in the U.S., named the “Aktiv.” The IKEA-themed dwelling is a one-bedroom home centered around space-saving furniture and products. The hip and modern house was outfitted taking into consideration the demands from Pacific-Northwest homeowners, and is designed to be eco-friendly. It is equipped with facilities such as a dual-flush toilet and energy-star electronics. A combination of fiber-cement siding, corrugated metal, and a standing-seam metal roof make up the exterior of this all-in-one home.
…includes Tundra maple flooring, Pax wardrobes, and Abstrakt cabinets.… The Aktiv, Swedish for active, is expected to be priced at US$79,500.…"
I'm showing this, not because I love it, but because it's of interest. I believe it's 750 sq. ft.

Smaller Ideabox houses: http://www.ideabox.us/models/confluence/
Thanks to Annonymuss


Ches said...

Ikea seems to be a mixed bag. Catchy products but a creepy corporate model. Movers say it costs more to move used Ikea products than they are worth. Anyway, I saw this long article in the New Yorker last Fall: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/10/03/111003fa_fact_collins . Sorry but to get the whole article requires money or going to your local library. I agree with you Lloyd- I like it because it is interesting. One of the nice things about the small house movement is the grassroots, local nature of it. I suppose it was only time before the corporate world took notice.

PhilM said...

The original article headline is misleading. This is really an Ideabox pre-fab that uses Ikea products in it's assembly.Ikea is not selling the complete versions - just was a source of some of the components utilized.

I think people are better off spending a few bucks on a copy of Tiny Homes and then spending a lot less then $79,500 to build their own.

Anonymous said...

nice idea.. thanks for sharing.

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