A few weeks back, Ideabox unveiled its first prefab home for the US market. Designed in collaboration with IKEA Portland, the house even has an IKEA name: aktiv.
The one bedroom, one bathroom house comes partially finished (with IKEA appointments, of course) and costs $86,500. Ideabox designed the layout, but they let their clients choose the colors. So, what do you think? Would you live in the aktiv?
Check out the Next Generation House by Sou Fujimoto Architects. It’s like a house built with Jenga blocks but it’s actually a small housing module for weekend use located on the edge of a forest overlooking the River Kuma at Kumakura, Japan. The small pavilion, a 4×4 meters cube, is made by assembling solid japanese cedar blocks kept in place by their own weight and connecting metal cables running through vertical drill holes.
Some of the inside cubes are laid off-center to create shelves, small living areas and even steps to move from one level to another. Continue Reading
If your toilet paper is laced with gold, you’re probably not the type who needs to worry about getting your home ready to sell. But if you’re like most Americans, you don’t have golden T-P, and you don’t have a ridiculous amount of money to spend on prepping your home for a sale.
Cindy Lin, owner of Staged4More, believes staging can sell homes faster and at higher prices. And she doesn’t think it should cost you an arm a leg (or precious-metals). Continue Reading