IKEA has been outfitting homes for years, so it seems like a foregone conclusion that the company would get into the house building business. IKEA and prefab housing design studio, IdeaBox have collaborated on a unique (and stylish) kit house, debuted at the 2012 Portland Home and Garden Show.
Of course this 745-square-foot living space comes with a one of those familiar IKEA names — the Aktiv, which is Swedish for active. It's chock-full of IKEA eco-friendly and space saving furnishings and appliances. Beneath the finished interior lies fiber-cement siding, corrugated metal and a standing seam metal roof. You can see it for yourself in the gallery below.
Fortunately for everyone involved, the rectangular shaped home does not in a box with one of those ubiquitous Allen keys and a list of instructions. The 53-foot by 15-foot house does not require you to assemble it — everything down to the floors in installed.
For now, the collaboration between IKEA and IdeaBox was only showcased in the Pacific Northwestern community and inspire more prefab homes. If the Aktiv moves past the model home stage it would cost around $80,000. That said, apparently Ikea isn't looking to sell its Aktiv prefab home in the U.S. at this time.