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Thursday, March 1, 2012

IKEA MODULAR HOMES HIT THE US


For many of us, it already feels like the entire inside of our house is decorated with things from IKEA, so wouldn't it be convenient if you could take the next step and just buy an entire prefab house from IKEA? Well, soon that dream will be a reality.

Swedish furniture company IKEA, has collaborated with Oregon architectural firm Ideabox, to launch its first line of prefabricated houses in the U.S., named the “Aktiv.” The IKEA-themed dwelling is a one-bedroom home centered around space-saving furniture and products. The modern house was outfitted taking into consideration the demands from Pacific-Northwest homeowners, eccentric as they get, and is designed to be eco-friendly. It is equipped with facilities such as a dual-flush toilet and energy-star electronics. A combination of fiber-cement siding, corrugated metal, and a standing-seam metal roof make up the exterior of this all-in-one home.





The house, priced at $79,500, has a kitchen/dining space, a living room, a bedroom and two storages, which is quite enough for a couple. On moving in, the house will be already furnished and all the vital parts of it will get assembled and installed by professionals. As to the lines of furniture used for outfitting the house, the IKEA package includes Tundra maple flooring, Pax wardrobes, and Abstrakt cabinets—of course, dwellers will be able to add their own elements, but the start is more than great.

CLICK HERE to read an earlier article about Ikea modular homes

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well Coach --- another great example of what can be done with a manufactured home design. Sure looks like a revamped single wide to me.

Anonymous said...

This single wide trailer looks just like Clayton's ill fated i-house. What goes better with a single wide mobile than Ikea furniture. YUCK!

Randy said...

I have to agree with the other two commentors. You can put lip stick and a dress on a pig but it is.....well you get the point. The comment about I house was right on....designed, and manufactured by HUD code folks. If you want to see what can be done with modular and a modern look go to Stillwater Dwellings.

Terry Thon said...

I have built almost the same exact unit, and yes how else do you make a small compact home not seem like a trailer.

My concern is that it is a step backward. If you have ever assembled and used their ultra cheap cabinets, that fall apart and so shoddy.

I had one customer junk a whole kitchen because they were so bad.

I can imagine what the construction will be like - I hope the manufacturer has enough sense to demand a much higher quality of construction.

Good luck to them.

Terry at HomeCrafters

Builder Bob said...

Maybe people on the west coast like that IKEA turd but it would be called a single wide trailer in the east. Do people lose a send of style when the cross the Rockies?

Anonymous said...

I realize that IKEA identifies mostly with tree huggers but wouldn't it have made more sense for them to work with a factory that actually has a builder network and a proven track record of building hundreds of homes a year rather than a factory that only builds a house a month?

Anonymous said...

Apparently, people East of the Rockies can't spell...

Anonymous said...

Coach, first let me start by saying your site is great! Clayton Homes is currently the nation's largest homebuilder, hud, mod, site-built, or "trailer",even given our nation's economy.Also, Clayton Homes' Oakwood Glen Allen model home center happens to sell and stock Nationwide modular homes.Isn't Nationwide a featured company on this site and isn't Nationwide owned by Cavco Industries. They build hud code homes and own comapnies such as Fleetwood Homes and Palm Harbor Homes, who you guessed it, produce hud code homes. Also, Ritz-Craft is listed on this site. Do some of you commentors not know that ritz craft builds hud code homes as well as modulars? Commodore Homes is listed as a builder on Modular Coach. They build on-frame modulars, off-frame modulars, and hud code homes. Barry Shein said recently that 50% of Commodore's businees is hud and 50% modular. Maonorwood Homes, also owned by Commadore, builds hud code homes. New Era builds hud code homes through their Spectrum series. Crest Homes is featured on this website, they are owned by Clayton. Coach, i don't ubderstand why so mnany of your commentors disrespect Clayton and the hud code product. Instead of vebally going back and forth on your blog, shouldnt't hud and mod tradesman be supprting one another to encourage more sales for factory built housing of any kind? Do you think that owners, employees, and retailers/builders of modular and manufactured(hud) built homes care more about which home is better or how many homes they are selling? It doesn't really matter what someone calls a modular or what their verison of one is. At this stage in the game the only things that define a "true" mod vs a hud code home are how the lenders, building officals, and home bueyrs define either one. Let's all work together to sell more homes and improve the image of factory built housing!!!!

Anonymous said...

I like bluhomes myself and may buy a concept from them or a SIP construction elsewhere. There are crappy 900sqft bungalows in California selling for 800k. Same in parts of NY and FL. As long as that's the case people who care about the value of their dollars will go this route. I don't think IKEA will do well with this in the USA but others clearly are because of our crooked home markets!