Ideabox AKTIV with IKEA Hits Portland

As mentioned a couple weeks ago, Oregon-based Ideabox created a new prefab in collaboration with IKEA Portland for the Portland Home & Garden Show going on right now, February 22-26, 2012.  In case you’re not in the area, here are some photos of the fresh new home.  Ideabox Aktiv features tons of IKEA products and showcases a cost-effective home that can be built with open spaces, vaulted ceilings, and clean lines.

The interior includes a Kohler Persuade dual-flush toilet, an Energy Star fridge, an induction cooktop and convection oven, LED lighting, and an IKEA package that includes Tundra maple flooring, Pax wardrobes, and Abstrakt cabinets, etc.  Aktiv also includes a ductless, mini-split heat pump (see above photo).

The exterior features a combination of fiber-cement siding, corrugated metal, and a standing-seam metal roof.

As equipped, Aktiv sells for $86,525, although Ideabox is offering an introductory priced version at the Portland Home & Garden show of $79,500.  Drop by the showcase and come back to tell us what you think of the new Ideabox/IKEA Portland collaboration.

[+] More about the Ideabox AKTIV prefab with IKEA Portland.

Credits: Ideabox. 

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  • Jedge242

    Baseboard heating? I’m surprised to see that but otherwise looks nice.

    • Larry

      I agree, looks nice.  I used to live in Eugene, Oregon as a college student and back then (early 90s) they had real cheap electric heating due to the abundant hydroelectric power.  Winters are pretty mild also.  I lived in one place that had a radiant electric ceiling.  That was very odd indeed.  I always had a hot head and cold feet.  I tell you that really plays with your psyche :-)  All the apartments that I lived in didn’t have central heat either.  I would guess that single family houses are different. 

    • Andrew

      Yeah, they show a mini split system in the kitchen, why not use it everywhere else or have radiant floor heating throughout.

      • Jobe

        Depending on the climate, the mini split might not meat the load at design temp. Baseboard is a cheap backup. Plus the split gets your AC. Just a guess.

        • Andrew

          These things are not that big.  There are mini-splits that will do what this needs for A/C and Heat.  I bet that it would of been cheaper to do the dual system mini-split than to do the A/C mini-split and baseboards for heat.  You would of only needed 3 mini splits for the entire house and then would of been able to use one of those storage rooms as actual useable space.

  • Matt

    Are the IKEA cabinets free of added urea formaldehyde?

    • Chad Ludeman

      IKEA cabinets are free of UF. In fact, they are held to a German standard that is stricter than CARB here in US.

      That one mini split will easily heat/cool entire home. Baseboards are probably backup only for coldest days.

      This is one of the best value prefabs we’ve seen in a while. Modest size and finishes that is actually affordable rather than just marketing itself as affordable like others on the market.

  • stephen

    Oh wow, these photos are stunning, is this your home, love Ikea, so simple yet looks amazing

    • Art Kessinger

      Solar option both – on and off the grid?? 

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