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Fully furnished pre-fabricated homes debuted by IKEA and Ideabox

Modular, pre-fabricated homes have come a long way, and IKEA and Ideabox set out to prove as much by debuting their fully furnished units under $100, featuring sustainable design features.

Fully furnished pre-fab homes

Oregon architecture firm, Ideabox has partnered with IKEA to launch what they say is the first line of fully furnished prefabricated houses in America, called “Aktiv” (which not surprisingly means “active” in Swedish). According to, the designs are created with consideration to demands of residents in the area, including sustainable design features like Energy Star appliances and dual-flush toilets, while maintaining a modern look and feel that IKEA is well known for.

The interiors are furnished with a complete IKEA package including Tundra maple flooring, Pax wardrobes and Abstrakt cabinets while the exteriors are built using a combination of fiber-cement siding, corrugated metal, and a standing-seam metal roof.

According to Jim Russell, president of Ideabox, the complete home “brings all the fun and design of Ideabox houses together with all the function, design, and personality of IKEA”.

A model of the home was recently on display at the Portland Home & Garden Show and each unit is expected to be priced in the $80k range for 745 square feet of living space which of course does not include land, installation and the like.

This week, AGBeat columnist Genevieve Concannon wrote that modular/pre-fab homes are making a unique comeback in very beautiful forms, erasing the memory of double wides as the primary modular concept.

Concannon opines, “Herein lies the impending shift to modular homes: construction from stick by stick framing to construction from prefabricated panels. This doesn’t have to mean that a home is drop shipped in one piece like a 1970?s hunk of metal like the honking things that make some of us cringe and reel, but, no, modular can even be sexy.”

Photos of the new Aktiv homes:

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  1. Genevieve

    March 1, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Thanks for the nod, Tara. It is true. These bad-boys are making a cool comeback!

  2. jim

    March 1, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Just wanted to clarify. IKEA is NOT building prefab houses.

    IDEABOX worked with IKEA PORTLAND on a new design that could accommodate IKEA kitchen, bath, wardrobe, and flooring systems and be built into our building process. IKEA Portland is a supplier for the products used in the production of the new IDEABOX model.

    ideabox is a modern prefab design/build company in Oregon.

  3. FrenksBrown

    October 5, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Very nice designs. I just totally love the front look of the house. They’re all brilliant. 

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