Aktiv Model Home: the Ideabox + IKEA House

by Jing Chang

Based on people’s needs for cheap good and easy-to-built houses, Ideabox and IKEA work together to come up with the design for a house model, which could be shipped flat and installed on site.  Aktiv is one of the models.

The aktiv model home measures 745 square feet with one bedroom and one bathroom. The current model is typically priced at $86,500, having debuted at the Portland Home & Garden Show in early 2012.

Efficiency and environmentally friendly considerations are the dominant design principals in ideabox houses, aktiv included. Its exterior features fiber cement siding with corrugated metal and a standing seam roof, all made from recycled content. The interior also boasts green building staples like bamboo flooring and VOC-free paints.

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