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Cost

GreenPodTM Development LLC offers a variety of sustainable, energy efficient home designs. The cost of your Pod will depend on the complexity of the construction and design elements you choose. We call it green, greener, and greenest.

Our greenest Pods include solar panels and/or hydronic heating, green roofs, and interior packages featuring furniture and textiles selected for optimal indoor air quality.

Lower cost Pods feature shed roof plans (the simplest in a range) in standard construction (still using FSC certified woods). Insulation and material quality can also be reduced to lower the cost, but your heating and maintenance may be higher and indoor air quality may suffer.

Pods start at less than $160.00 per square foot. This includes module fabrication, but not the cost of your land, site preparation, transportation and setting of Pod, or site improvements. The total cost of your Pod may also vary depending on your geographical area, site conditions, and services.

Additional services we offer include site analysis, and obtaining local permits, foundation, photovoltaic panels, and other sustainable systems. Our design process and construction techniques work together seamlessly to create a competitively priced, high-end, sustainable home. Thoughtful, beautiful design, environmentally friendly materials, efficient building systems, and competitive pricing are elements which make your Pod unique.

Hard Costs

1. Module Fabrication Cost
Fabrication costs include exterior materials, roofing, windows, doors, interior finishes, low-flow plumbing fixtures, high energy-efficiency SIPs (Structurally Insulated Panels), and high performance mechanical systems. We offer many eco-friendly materials and building system choices to personalize your home. Sales tax is applied to Pods delivered within Washington State.

2. Site Preparation
Site preparation is the work needed to get your property ready for construction and to install the foundation and utility lines. We will work with you and your local contractor to determine expected site costs based on slope, condition, and location. We recommend that the first step you take is to consult with your local contractor and local building department to determine all the requisites needed to build a home on your property.

3. Transportation and Setting
Transportation costs will vary depending on the distance from the factory to your site. For example, the transportation of one of our standard modules (14'-0" wide by 48'-0" long) from our factory in Washington to the Puget Sound area will cost approximately $4,000.

4. Connections
This brief step in the construction process starts once the modules arrive on site and are secured to their foundations. The exterior and interior finishes are completed at marriage lines (for multi-pod design construction), utilities are connected, appliances are installed, and all systems are started up. Your GreenPodTM is now ready to be lived in! The cost of setting and securing your GreenPodTM on your foundation by a contractor is approximately $3,200 within Washington State.

5. Site Improvement
These costs can include decks, garages, driveways, and varying degrees of landscaping. We do not provide you with these specific costs because they can vary with the labor market in your location. However, we can work with your local contractor to provide you with an estimate of these costs.

Soft Costs

6. Professional Fees
A GreenPodTM design and construction package is almost complete. However, there is some additional work we need to complete to finalize these packages. We complete the documentation to reflect the materials and systems choices you made during the initial meeting. We carefully consider the position and orientation of your home on your property to maximize Passive Solar Gain, daylight, breezes and views. We design the outdoor rooms so that you will be able to experience true indoor/outdoor living. And the foundation and mechanical systems are designed for the specific requirements of your site.
Engineering services are required for a custom designed GreenPodTM. Design and Engineering fees can be estimated once the scope of work for a custom designed GreenPodTM is understood, but fees will generally run between 12% and 17% of the construction budget and are included in our final cost estimate for your home.
Before we begin the design work with you, we require a signed agreement and retainer of $5,000 for a pre-designed GreenPodTM floor plan, or a $10,000 retainer for a custom-designed GreenPodTM plan.

7. Other Soft Costs
Other soft costs are additional services and documentation that are required to build on your site.

Example of one contractor's quote for additional costs in Jefferson County, Washington:

  • Land cost: ?
  • Land clearing, if needed: $2,000
  • Transportation of Pod: $2,000
  • Building Permit (County): $5,000
  • Building Permit (City, including water and sewer connection fees): $12,000
  • Excavation: $800
  • Foundation (Perimeter foundation on flat site): $5,300
  • Setting of Pod, includes crane: $3,200
  • Footing drains and tight line gutter drains: $800
  • Gutter and downspouts: $800
  • Backfilling and grading: $900
  • Driveway gravel: $750
  • Utilities: power ditch, conduit, phone, propane, water: $2,400
  • PSE fees: $1,000
  • Plumbing connections under the Pod and electrical work: $2,500
  • Deck: $7,000
  • Septic system: from $8,000 to $14,000 (County)

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