Published on March 5th, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan


IKEA NOT Selling $86,500 Prefab Home, But..

March 5th, 2012 by  


Reports around the interwebs, from Huffington Post to CNET, have been announcing that IKEA teamed up with ideabox to manufacture and offer an $86,500, 745-square-foot, 1BR/1BA prefab home to customers in the Portland, Oregon area. This was reportedly unveiled at the Portland Home & Garden Show last week.

Turns out, it is a teaming up, but it’s really just ideabox offering a prefab home that was designed around IKEA furniture, with some help from IKEA Portland designers. “IKEA has not launched and is not selling prefabricated homes in the United States. Any reports saying otherwise are not accurate,” IKEA said in a statement.

One of our U.S. stores, IKEA Portland, has participated in a collaboration with an Oregon-based prefab studio – ideabox ( – where a version of one of ideabox’s pre-fab homes is being sold with IKEA items (ie., wardrobes, kitchens, etc.). Interior designers from IKEA Portland helped furnish the interior of this particular home, and an example was on display at the recent Portland Home & Garden Show. Each home of this type sold by ideabox will include those same IKEA products that the local prefab studio will have purchased from IKEA Portland.

To make clear: IKEA is neither the manufacturer nor the retailer of these prefabricated homes. Any specific interest in this particular home, the ideabox concept or its prefab products should be directed to Jim Russell at ideabox: (503) 510-4789.

Why is this on CleanTechnica? Well, first of all, this home is rather small, already making it very energy efficient. Also, reports have indicated that the home features many eco-friendly materials and energy-efficient appliances. This all seems to be true, and it makes the news just as relevant and almost as exciting as if it were actually IKEA manufacturing and offering the homes. “Almost” since it seems that would more easily lead to mass production and sales, but maybe Ideabox can go that route anyway.

Of course, it would be great if the house were greened up just a bit more, and would be totally awesome if it were offered with solar panels.

Here’s more from Ideabox on the home:

Swedish inspired, wide open living, functional, no wasted space, and full of personality!

Working with IKEA Portland designers, we designed aktiv around IKEA systems. In the kitchen, IKEA offers a lot of flexibility in kitchen cabinets. We designed the layout, and our clients can select the colors. IKEA appliances offer state-of-the-art cooking, so we included an induction cooktop and convection oven. A counter depth refrigerator keeps food fresh, and cabinet faced dishwashers provide seamless functionality. Proven by millions walking on them in IKEA stores, aktiv offers IKEA flooring, a perfect match for active Northwest lifestyles.

Every bit an ideabox, from the energy efficiency to the cool assembly of materials, aktiv by ideabox truly is modern living made remarkably easy!

Now, while this is really more of an ideabox home than an IKEA home, maybe the news hubbub around it will inspire IKEA to design and manufacture some small, energy-efficient homes. Given IKEA’s love for solar power and electric vehicles, I imagine it could create a pretty awesome little eco-friendly home!

Photos via ideabox

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  • Scott Ankersen

    Great concept and images. It looks Amazing. I know it is not fun to put together any of the IKEA stuff but there is help. I know John Webb Construction & Design designs and install IKEA kitchens and other cabinets. It is now fun trying to follow the the stick figure to put together these cabinets.

    I love the thought having this size house. it is easy to manage and pay for utilities. This size house reminds me of European living. no more McMansions.

    great stuff

  • Stan

    Hahahaha. add 2 big steel girders and it’s a trailer house

  • Rhonda

    I guess it definitely depends on where you live…in the DFW metroplex in TX this would be considered far overpriced…not a bargain at all. I guess that’s why so many Californians are flocking here to live! 🙂

    • Bob_Wallace

      I looked on the web a bit and prior to the recession new residential construction seems to be running in the $100-150 per square foot range in the Dallas area.

      Of course since the economy augured there are houses in many parts of the country that are selling far below replacement level. I bet if you look out in the parts of Texas that are running out of water you can find houses for $20/sq.ft. or less.

      BTW, the population is still increasing in California. If you’re getting folks moving into Texas that’s just churn…. ;o)

  • Rosinbaum

    80+K for 700 + SF…Not a GOOD bargain unless you get the land also.

    • Bob_Wallace

      That’s around $115 per square foot. Hard to build a house for that price these days, at least in CA.

      Problem that I have with this house is that it’s ugly. It’s the problem with most manufactured housing.

      There’s no reason that factory built houses have to be unattractive. If nothing else, ship them without a roof and do a quick truss/shingle roof in order to get some roof pitch, slope changes, and larger overhangs. Not much is saved by roofing in the factory as opposed to roofing in the field. Roofers are very efficient.

    • Jobo

      Don’t forget to include the fact that it is fully furnished as well. I do agree though without the land being included that it seems a bit overpriced.



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