On The Smaller Side Of Houses, Meet GreenPod

A recent visit to treehugger has provided us with a great resource for the smaller side of the housing spectrum: GreenPod.

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It appears modular and prefab homes are finally gaining some mainstream traction, states treehugger author Kimberley Mok. For people interested in getting an eco-friendly home relatively quick, going prefab can be an easier route with less headaches.

“Woman-owned GreenPod Development, LLC creates green-jobs by building new modular and sitebuilt homes with healthy interiors and furnishings. GreenPod assures basic human needs: clean water, clean air, natural light, temperature-controlled, efficiently designed homes in a beautiful environment. GreenPod Intelligent Environments selects only sustainable, socially responsible and traceable sourced material for interior and exterior construction. We provide architectural design and construction services, specializing in making custom sustainable homes and products.”

With the aim of capitalizing on energy efficiency, low-maintenance, and healthy indoor home environments, this Port Townsend, Washington-based prefab home builder, GreenPod Development, makes these small but beautiful 450-square-foot homes, which are pre-made in a factory and can be set up in as little as six weeks. Sounds appealing, especially when it comes to price. The end results can also be quite appealing to the eye. Just look at the company’s gallery.

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Mok provides a sound writer’s perspective about this Waterhaus abode:

“Inside, the home is minimalist without feeling sterile. Multi-purpose and stacking furniture are used to maximize space. Low-flow fixtures help to conserve water. The Waterhaus’ list of interior finishes all support a healthier and chemical-free indoor environment: from the clay wall finishes for clients who want to forgo VOC-emitting paint, to fabrics that are made with organic and naturally antimicrobial plant fibers that will resist the growth of mold or mildew. The floor plan is pretty smart too: thanks to shifting and squeezing the central bathroom’s components around, extra spaces and storage cabinets are created on either side in the bedroom and living room.”

For anyone who finds their interest has been piqued, take a glance at the interior. The look is inventive and refreshing, not cramped and stifling, a common complaint heard about smaller modular and tiny home units.

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Ultimately, it is highly refreshing to witness the growth taking place in the realm of the smaller and sustainable housing industry.

Of course, a potential hurdle for any smaller dwelling involves storage and space challenges for everything from larger appliances, such as washing machines, to wardrobes or gardening tools.

Photos via GreenPod


About the Author

Writer, documentary producer, and director. Meyers is a contributor to CleanTechnica, and founder of Green Streets MediaTrain, a communications connection and eLearning hub. As an independent producer, he's been involved in the development, production and distribution of television and distance learning programs for both the education industry and corporate sector. He also is an avid gardener and loves sustainable innovation.
  • nubwaxer

    500~ sq. ft. is plenty of room for a single person and possibly enough for a couple. the real problem is that land value and assessments force home builders to build lrge homes in order to maximize profit. they just don’t build tiny homes on suburban lots with municipal water/sewer, electric, phone, cable, and gas hookups that cost several hundreds of thousands of dollars. all these tiny house ideas are usually not permissible by local zoning but might be allowed in rural areas.