House in a Flat-Pack

By Street News on 12 Apr 2013
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Looking for an affordable way to own your next home? Swedish furniture company IKEA has recently launched the ultimate fold-out product: a flat-pack house.

The 16.2m x 4.3m  pre-furnished home has been given the name ‘Aktiv’ and was created in collaboration with US architectural firm Ideabox.  Similar in appearance to a motorhome, the houses are eco-friendly in design and feature a functional, open plan living and kitchen area, a single bedroom, an en-suite bathroom and two walk-in storage cupboards.

Their design aims to promote space-saving IKEA furniture. The kitchen will be outfitted with an induction cooktop and convection oven, a counter-depth refrigerator and a cabinet-faced dishwasher. The bedroom includes a built-in series of cupboard systems, and the bathroom features a two-sink vanity and a dual-flush toilet. Constructed from corrugated metal, fibre-cement siding and metal roofing, the homes are expected to sell for $US86,500.

Buyers will be responsible for purchasing land and having foundations poured. They will then sit down with an Ideabox consultant and choose their cabinets, countertops and flooring.

After waiting for a period of about nine weeks, their pre-assembled home will be delivered on the back of a truck and moved into position by crane. Once the roof is on, the plumbing installed and the wiring connected, the homes are ready to live in. It’s certainly one way to get around expensive housing costs!

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