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IKEA steps into the housing market

IKEA steps into the housing market

For the next stage in their plan for world domination, Swedish furniture giant IKEA, has collaborated with Oregon architectural firm Ideabox to launch its first line of prefabricated houses in the USA.

The modern homes, known as 'Aktiv' are one bedders centered around space-saving furniture and products and are designed to be eco friendly, with a dual-flush toilet and energy-star electronics. The constructions are made up of a fibre-cement siding, corrugated metal, and a standing-seam metal roof.

Commenting on the project Jim Russell, president of Ideabox, said that the completed home “brings all the fun and design of Ideabox houses together with all the function, design, and personality of IKEA.”

The homes are expected to be sold for $79,500 (£50,000) and come with a full Ikea furniture package featuring Tundra maple flooring, Pax wardrobes, and Abstrakt cabinets. The first home is currently being exhibited at the Portland Home and Garden Show, and the rest of the properties are expected to be rolled out across the Pacific Northwest of America imminently.

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