Modular homes make it easy to build an affordable, new home that suits your lifestyle. Ideabox plays off of this idea to bring home buyers eco-friendly, prefab tiny homes that blend the outdoors with the indoors.
Ideabox reviews in magazines and the media sound promising. And if you’re looking for an eco-friendly, affordable modular solution, this may just be the right home designer for you.
Who is Behind Ideabox?
Jim Russel is the man behind Ideabox. Russel has always had a passion for building. In fact, he built his first modular “home” at the age of eight – right in the driveway of his home. His goal, he says, was to make a fort that he and his friends could move around.
Russel was pretty elaborate with his design, using his sister’s red wagon as a chassis and 4′ x 4′ wood posts for the frame. To build the walls, he used 4′ x 8′ sheets of plywood. Felt was used to make the roof of his portable fort.
The ambitious young builder didn’t just stop there: he bought bike blinkers at the local hardware store and attached them to the trailer to use as turn signals. Handlebars were attached to the front of the wagon for easy steering, and a boat battery allowed the fort to have an electrical system as well as a small camp stove.
While his fort-on-wheels didn’t last long (it went 200 yards before the tires fell flat), Russel’s career in the modular home business has.
After earning his Master of Architecture from the University of Colorado and gaining some experience in the business, Russel opened Ideabox in 2005. Today, he helps homeowners bring their dream homes to life.
The Ideabox Process and Building Philosophy
You supply the site and foundation, and Ideabox will take care of the home. The concept is simple, and it makes the building process as stress-free as possible – for everyone involved.
The Philosophy: Environmentally Friendly
Ideabox homes feature an eco certified construction, with energy efficient lighting, appliances, design and fixtures.
To save on energy costs, homes offer the following features:
Low-e, dual pane windows: U-value of 0.28 or better
Well-insulated: R 21-27 walls; R 40-50 roof; R 30-33 floor
Open web engineered trusses: minimal thermal bridging; continuous insulation
Ideabox homes are built with high ceilings and tall windows to maximize natural light – another energy saver.
The Building Process: Step-by-Step
Every Ideabox home is built in controlled conditions to ensure the highest quality and durability.
Get to Know Your Site
Ideabox will look at your site using a 3D modeling program. This will allow the designers to take into account your views, the slope of the land, access, shade and sun.
All of your site information will be used to find the best spot for your home on the property.
Building to Code
Ideabox can build to both local building codes for modular homes as well as the federal Manufactured Code. The federal code streamlines the permitting and building process while saving on cost. The local code makes it easier to get financing and allows for more roof options.
Regardless of which route you take, the quality of the home and your experience will be the same.
Your Budget and Deposit
Ideabox will discuss your budget, which should take into account site work, the construction of the home and transport. Other things, like carports and decks, should also be included if you want those added after the home is built.
A $5,000 project deposit is required once you decide that you want to design your home with Ideabox. Don’t worry – that deposit will be credited back to you in your final invoice.
A 30% deposit will be required just before the building process begins.
Work Your Site
This phase will be handled by your general contractor, who will be in charge of getting the permits, installing the foundation and taking care of the utility hookups.
Designing Your Home
A home can be designed using Ideabox’s current models, or you can have a custom design made to fit your needs. Custom designs are charged at an hourly rate and will be deducted from the deposit.
Once you’ve settled on a design, your home will be built at the same time your foundation is being laid. This streamlines the building process to get your new home up as soon as possible.
Ideabox homes are built in a controlled environment – out of the elements.
The company will work with your contractor to schedule the delivery of the home. The home is then installed on your permanent foundation.
The final finishing touches will be taken care of by your general contractor.
Ideabox wasn’t lying when they said their homes were affordable.
While the company can’t provide exact prices, they do give averages for each of their home plans:
Confluence:$139,100 – $193,900
Fuse: $177,980 – $217,300
Getaway: $116,980 – $143,900
These prices do not reflect the cost of the site, site work and contractor fees.
Building your dream tiny home is affordable with Ideabox. With so many plans to choose from you’re sure to find one that suits your lifestyle and your needs. All that’s left to do is find the right site for your humble abode. Visit them online at Ideabox.us for more info.