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ideabox’s New minibox

I covered the ideabox several years ago. It is one of my favorites. I wanted to share with you their newest design concept. Its called ‘minibox’, 200 sq ft of open space, aimed at bringing the outdoors in. Taylor Russell from ideabox shared the following information with me.

ideabox is a small home design company based in Salem, Oregon. They have homes ranging from 200 sq ft to 1250 sq ft, all prefabricated and ready to go.

It’s one thing to be small. Quite another to be so full of personality you live beyond your shell. Everything minibox is about is living big. Clever combinations of natural cedar and galvalume metal creates a confident exterior and a totally cool persona.

Step inside. The ceiling soars! So much glass it’s like your outside only inside, (or is it being inside only outside?) Complete with a real, albeit small, fully functioning kitchen cooking will be a delight.

It’s everything you need and so much more!

We found materials that offer long life, easy maintenance, and create a sense of personality. We’re big on minimal impact to the environment, so every product uses resources and energy carefully.

Ideabox is releasing the mini’s at $42,500 all interiors included (less furniture). You can visit the ideabox website here. I can’t wait to see pictures of the first one when it is completed.

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Michael in SoCal - February 15, 2012 Reply

Some days the tinyHouseBlog post feels like an Ad for tiny house manufacturers. :-\ Don’t they at least have a picture of a completed model?

    Kent Griswold - February 15, 2012 Reply

    Unfortunately Michael they have not built one yet and it is still a concept. Hopefully soon. Sorry about the ad feel, I’ll try to do better on that one.

    motoford - February 16, 2012 Reply

    I don’t mind the sales pitches, but I like them to be actual products or projects, there is an overload of concept art in the tiny house movement.

Steve - February 15, 2012 Reply

Awesome. Their website is horrible though. Makes this web developer cry 🙁

    Sabra - February 15, 2012 Reply

    Their grammar makes me cringe, and this website plainly lifting the ad text without any indication they’re quoting is even worse.

      seriously? - February 15, 2012 Reply

      He didn’t “plainly lift the text.” The guy sent him an “ad” or whatever you want to call it to post. I’m sure he Ideabox uses the same wording on all their info emails/ads.

stephen - February 15, 2012 Reply

even though it’s an ad, can still get ideas about floor plans, roof angles, window placement, etc. One of the main reasons i switched to tiny living was money, so paying someone 40 to 50k to build it for me wouldn’t have been an option anyway. keep the ideas coming though. i love this blog!

Nan - February 15, 2012 Reply

I think they’ll do better if they sell the plans.

tinyhousetom - February 15, 2012 Reply

$42k for what looks like a slightly modified shipping container?

I think price trimming is required.

jim russell - February 15, 2012 Reply

We don’t typically comment on articles/blog posts people write about us, but I just had make a couple of quick comments.

First – to ease some of the comments, we (ideabox) don’t advertise, so in no way is Kent lifting any ad copy. Also, sorry to those who don’t like the website, (it is being redone, probably more to your liking, please back very soon). We’re even working on our grammar!

While this is a new design, we’ve been building small houses for six years, (park models, MH, & IRC modular) so “minibox” is beyond concept.

For those who know ideabox, we are very big on small efficient living. We are big fans of tiny houses, and are excited to introduce a modern entry to such an exciting industry.

Thanks to Kent for his article, and thanks to all of you who are fans of tiny houses!

    Mike - February 16, 2012 Reply

    Part of the broad appeal of the Tiny House movement is the quirky authenticity and the fun of dwellings built by hand by their owners. The moment you try to make it hey! hey! hip and trendy is the moment you lose the whole of your market. What’s left is the folks who would buy a park model mobile home and let make other folks make decisions on how they live.

    Considering you already make park model mobile homes, it’s understandable you’d miss that completely and create really off-key marketing for the tiny house demographic.

Scott S. - February 16, 2012 Reply

Such a shame that there are so many folks who feel the need to vilify and make other people “wrong” in order for them to express dislike. Please realize that the two things are independent; your dislike has no bearing on the absolute “goodness” of the thing you are critiquing. Your opinion is valid for you; clearly there are others who feel differently.

I’m not sure there’s enough information here to form an opinion for me personally, but I definitely appreciate Kent’s work in bringing these relevant items to the attention of those of us who are interested in seeking simpler living by concentrating more on quality and less on quantity. Thanks Kent, and keep up the good work; many of us really appreciate it, and we could be more vocal in our support!

Benjamin - February 16, 2012 Reply

The kitchen next to the bath makes much more sense. Not only for efficient distribution of hot water, but quicker hot water coming out of the tap. On a related note, I am wondering where the water heater is? I don’t see it on the plan.

loft conversion companies in surrey - February 17, 2012 Reply

May be the price trimming is required but if I talk about idea then its fabulous!

Phyllis White - March 21, 2014 Reply

I’m actually bidding on one now. I live a very simple life. It’s just me and pets. I don’t need a lot of extra room to clean. This is very energy efficient, and mine is a little over 650 square feet. Bedroom on one end, kitchen on the other, bathroom and living room in between. It’s just enough room for one person. Why buy more than you need?

AJM87 - July 10, 2014 Reply

I have been looking into IdeaBox for about a month now. they look like they make a very solid home wish very little waste.

I started to look into Tiny Homes for several reason. One of which started about 9 months ago. I was building a home in a very small town in Texas, well to make this really long story short, the builder wanted to charge me a quarter million dollars for the wrong home with terrible craftsmanship. Plus every time I told him something was wrong, he would say “that’s how we do things here”.

Now that I dodged that bullet and I’ve read up on IdeaBox, I think the MINI.RV is where I’m headed. Maybe ill be the first person to purchase the MINI.RV (unless someone already has) and you will be able to see all its charm of the IdeaBox when I post my pictures on this blog.

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