Gallery: Inside Ideabox's Ikea creation

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Ideabox's Jim Russell shows off the dramatic entrance to

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.

Earlier this month, Ideabox announced it would unveil a new green prefabricated home brought to life in partnership with the design team at Ikea Portland.

Salem-based Ideabox, which makes environmentally friendly pre-built homes, debuts "Aktiv," its Ikea-realized home, this week at the Portland Home and Garden Show.


Sneak peek of the Aktiv >>


Jim Russell, owner and principal at Ideabox, has a background in energy, having worked for Oregon's Department of Energy and Energy Trust at Oregon. He's passionate about delivering energy-efficient homes — as long as they have a design edge.

"We want our homes to be so rockin' cool that people just want them," Russell said. "No Birkenstocks, no flannel, no granola."

The home gets a boost in its quest for maximum energy efficiency in part due to its small footprint. Aktiv is compact at 745-square-feet and carries an all-inclusive price tag of about $86,000. From order to delivery, an Ideabox home takes about eight weeks, with two to three of that in building time.

Sustainable Business Oregon and Portland Business Journal Photographer Cathy Cheney got an early look at Aktiv this week. All the space-saving, modern-design details are featured in this gallery. Click on the image above to get to know Aktiv inside and out.


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