Gallery: Inside Ideabox's Ikea creation

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  • Ideabox's Jim Russell shows off the dramatic entrance to "Aktiv," the prefabricated home designed to be outfitted entirely by Ikea. It's on display this week at the Portland Home and Garden Show.

  • Typical Ideabox homes include built-ins designed and built by the Salem-based company. But Russell said Ideabox often replicated what they saw Ikea doing, so the pairing of Ikea furnishings with an Ideabox home was an easy match.

  • Aktiv was constructed by Ideabox at its warehouse in Salem and transported to the Portland Expo Center last week. The delicate lamp from Ikea hanging above the bed was strapped down to make the move. The lamp lists in the Ikea catalog at a price of $89.99.

  • Other sustainable features of the home include a ductless heat pump, efficient windows, low-VOC paints and a recycled metal roof. But Russell is also passionate about the look and feel of the finished product. "The idea is to have as much fun as possible," he said.

  • The Aktiv kitchen includes all Ikea appliances and finishes including money-saving laminate countertops that helped pay for the high-end and highly efficient induction stove.

  • Clever design tucks a full-sized washer and dryer below a counter in the bathroom. The home's sloped ceiling hits 11 feet on the tall side with strategically placed windows throughout.

  • Ideabox, a prefab design firm, builds homes that are what Russell calls "code-neutral." The company can build to manufactured home and regular residential building codes, whatever works for the client. Here, the back entrance to the Ikea house shows off the flow between indoors and out.

  • The landscaping was done for Ikeabox by Schutlz and Long Landscape Architecture of Portland. Recycled asphalt replaces gravel and water-efficient dwarf plants are fed by a drip irrigation system.