SALEM, OR - A Salem, OR modular homebuilder, ideabox, has introduced manufactured homes  featuring IKEA interior appointments.

The home's Swedish-inspired design emphasizes functionality, says Cindy Russell, who has been running the business with her husband for six years.

"We work with IKEA designers at the Portland store," Russell says. The aktiv model, which measures 745 square feet - about 15 feet wide and 55 feet long - is tailored to incorporate IKEA systems.

IKEA kitchen cabinets and appliances fill the kitchen. "We designed the layout, and our clients can select the colors," Russell notes. The cabinet-faced dishwasher blends in with the design. Homes are delivered fully finished and assembled, inside and out. That saves home buyers from the labor of opening the IKEA boxes and putting the furniture together themselves.

IKEA has been selling prefabricated homes in Europe since 1998, when The BoKlok Concept was launched jointly by a 60,000-employee construction firm, Skanska, and IKEA, both based in Malmo, Sweden. BoKlok AB owns the brand and develops  business concepts, and also awards franchise licenses to build and sell BoKlok on a specific market. BoKlok is active on six markets: Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Great Britain and Germany, which it entered in 2010.

The bath features a large two-sink vanity and four drawers along with a storage cabinet. The bedroom features the IKEA built-in series of closet systems.

Russell's company designs homes individually along a core grid - either manufactured or modular versions. These are built in enclosed settings by one of three local construction companies that subcontract the work. "Homes are complete when they leave the factory, ready to hook up," says Russell. 

Standard specs for ideabox's other home models include Higuera FSC solid bamboo flooring in natural or carbonized finishes, with horizontal or vertical grain engineered laminate laid on 2×8 floor framing (for modular home versions) or 2×10 floor framing (IRC Modular). Cabinets and built-ins are maple shaker designs with European hinges and heavy duty fully extending drawer guides with brushed nickel door and drawer pulls.

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