Port Townsend's GreenPod ‘Home of the Future' in Seattle

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SEATTLE — The newest addition to the 2012 Green Home Tour in Seattle will be a compact, green-built home constructed in Port Townsend.

The downsizer's dream designed by Ann Raab, owner of GreenPod Development of Port Townsend, will be the featured “Home of the Future” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The home was seen by those who toured the company's facilities at 33 Cape George Wye, just off Hastings Street, earlier this month, when the public was invited to a preview of the home before its Seattle appearance.

Raab's 450-square-foot pod will be on its first stop on a planned West and South Seattle tour.

Saturday, GreenPod will be in the Green Home Expo at Green Depot, where 20 exhibitors will demonstrate products under a tent.

The Saturday expo will be open in the parking lot of the tour sponsor, Northwest Ecobuilding Guild, at 4121 First Ave. S.

On Sunday, Raab will present workshops at the Green Depot site on six topics: “Green Building Formula” at 10 a.m.; “Energy Conservation Techniques” at 11 a.m.; “Water for Life and Health” at noon; “Healthy Indoor Environments” at 1 p.m.; “Beauty and Inspiration: Art We Live” at
2 p.m.; and “Sustainability in Home and Lifestyle” at 3 p.m.

After the weekend, GreenPod will be at the Green Depot site until April 30, with tours offered from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Workshops will be offered daily.

The pod is the only dwelling on the tour that is factory-built from all-green products and can be ordered and delivered to any city in the state, said Dan Youra, publicist for the Port Townsend firm.

GreenPod's home on the tour will be its WaterHaus model, which incorporates a Kangen water system with adjustable pH for drinking and cleaning and multi-use furnishings, color, lighting and windows to visually enlarge its living spaces.

A bare-bones version of the current model home runs at about $110,000, while a fully appointed pod with modular furniture, metalwork, an exterior recycling shed and all the interior bells and whistles will cost about $155,000.

The pod's waterfall and living garden are sculpted from metal by industrial artist Ray Hammar of Sequim.

Michael Hamilton of Port Hadlock crafted tables and benches.

Seth Rolland of Port Townsend created the bathroom vanity from rock and fir.

Wall textures are applied by artist Gail Miller of Whidbey Island.

The interior is decorated with an exclusive line of organic fabrics by Suzanne DeVall.

The pods are built by Greg Barron of GreenPod Builders for delivery to customers.

For more information about GreenPods, phone 800-569-0831 or visit www.gogreenpod.com or www.GreenPod.us.

Last modified: April 18. 2012 6:04PM
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