Aktiv Prefab by Ideabox and IKEA Portland

Update 2/23/2012Ideabox AKTIV with IKEA Hits Portland

In addition to the Minibox, Oregon-based Ideabox is readying a new prefab in collaboration with IKEA Portland for the Portland Home & Garden Show slotted for February 22-26, 2012. Called “Aktiv,” the home is a new design centered around IKEA products, such as their kitchens, lights, furniture, and other materials. The intent is a cost effective home with great open spaces, soaring vaulted ceilings, and clean modern lines.

The exterior features a combination of fiber-cement siding, corrugated metal, and a standing-seam metal roof.  The interior will have a Kohler Persuade dual-flush toilet, an Energy Star fridge, and an IKEA package that includes Tundra maple flooring, Pax wardrobes, and Abstrakt cabinets, etc.

The name Aktiv, as you may imagine, is Swedish for active. The term captures what IKEA and Ideabox intend to do together in this home — “bring all the fun and design of Ideabox houses together with all the function, design, and personality of IKEA,” according to an email from Jim Russell, president of Ideabox.

In case you’re wondering about the price, Aktiv is expected to sell for $86,525, as equipped, although Ideabox will have some kind of introductory pricing at the Portland Home & Garden show of $79,500.  We’ll follow up with more detail and actual photos of the home soon.

[+] More about the Aktiv by Ideabox prefab in Portland.

Credits: Ideabox.


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  • mothermary

    This home seems to have the roof oriented incorrectly for solar. The majority of windows are on the entrance side. A standing seam metal roof can be used with flexible solar cells (for example, unisolar) to make a net-zero home more possible, but theis roof has the angle all wrong if the front is facing south for solar gain.
    In addition, the two areas of the home that need plumbing are on completely opposite ends, necessitating extremely long plumbing runs that lead to loss of hot water and waste of materials. C’mon, gang, integrate the best practices!!! MB

    • Grannyrett

      If they would just flip the living room and kitchen, and then flip the bedroom and bathroom, all the plumbing would be right there, and they wouldn’t have to go through the bedroom to get to the bathroom. Easy to do

      • mothermary

        Nice! I like the way you think!!! MB

  • Monster

    Is it sold by Ikea too?

    • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

      Sold by Oregon-based Ideabox. 

  • guest

    I’m not sure about “idea,” but it’s definitely a “box.” In the Virginia backwoods where I used to live, this was called a “single-wide.”

  • Renney4

    this is “prefabulous” - http://karoleena.com/homes/midtown-series/the-kensington/

    • Jemme

      I agree, but at what price?…   of course this is the key to acceptance.  

  • Danny Wilmot

    I see your “idea home” as the furture for working class people,  their wages going down all other living expense going up.  Home prices are inflated to the max.  I have a simular idea for the home of the future, tornadoproof and moveable also I have a concept for hurricanes evan seasonal situations for people wintering or summering.  I would like to be part of your team, contact  dannywilmot@gmail.com.  We will take this from the trailer park mode to the fashion for the modern consumer not willing to put up with less. 

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