Ideabox partners with Ikea on home design
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
Ideabox and Ikea got together to design a compact green house that takes maximum advantage of its space. (Click to learn more.)
Ideabox will unveil a new green home design this month designed to take advantage of Ikea's space- and energy-saving furnishings.
Salem-based Ideabox, which makes environmentally friendly manufactured homes, will debut the Ikea-inspired "Aktiv" design at the Portland Home and Garden Show, Feb. 22-26.
Jim Russell, founder and CEO of Ideabox, worked with the design team at Ikea's Portland store to come up with the home design, which features energy efficient lighting features and all of Ikea's usual space-saving furnishings.
The exterior features a combination of fiber cement, corrugated metal siding, a seamed metal roof and storage space.
The Ikea-esque name, Aktiv, is the Swedish word for "active."
"We're really big on creative input so it was great working with (Ikea) on that," Russell said. "But really makes it work is their capabilities on the logistical side."
Ideabox customers can go into an Ikea to choose their custom finishes which are installed during the production process.
"We've always been about affordable paths to a cool lifestyle," Russell said.
The home is compact at 745-square-feet and carries an all-inclusive price tag of about $86,000.
Russell said Ideabox is committed to using cost-optimal energy efficiency offerings for all of its designs. For example, ductless heat pumps are optional for all houses.
Last year Ideabox announced plans for a community of green manufactured homes in Eugene, Cottages@Camelot. An Ideabox home was featured on the 2010 Street of Dreams.
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