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What if instead of house-hunting when you wanted to move, you went to a store and simply ordered a new home to be delivered? That’s always been the promise of prefabricated homes. But the new generation of prefab homes are not only modern and affordable, they’re also energy efficient, sustainable and made from natural materials. Prefab (or modular) homes are assembled indoors — so there’s no waiting waiting for cooperation from the elements. They usually only take two to four weeks for delivery and then they can be quickly assembled on your lot. Computer-aided design, coupled with high standard factory construction, has greatly improved the the quality of these homes and allows for you to add your own customization.

Europe has been in the forefront of prefab construction of both houses and apartments with Ikea leading the way for over 15 years. This year, Oregon-based Ideabox and IKEA Portland teamed up to create a prefab home (Aktiv) for the Portland Home & Garden Show. Jetson Green, a design-oriented website for “sustainable homes, natural materials, and green technology,” took a look at the Ideabox/Ikea collaboration:

Ideabox Aktiv features tons of IKEA products and showcases a cost-effective home that can be built with open spaces, vaulted ceilings, and clean lines

The interior includes a Kohler Persuade dual-flush toilet, an Energy Star fridge, an induction cooktop and convection oven, LED lighting, and an IKEA package that includes Tundra maple flooring, Pax wardrobes, and Abstrakt cabinets, etc. Aktiv also includes a ductless, mini-split heat pump…

The cost? Just $79,500. As you can see from the photos of the house below, this is not your grandfather’s prefab home:

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And, while their method of construction is entirely different, in terms of bank loans and appraisals, they are treated by the same standards as traditionally built houses. Best of all, the potential to construct and build prefab homes in Western PA is virtually limitless!