Process

THE PROCESS

Where do we start?

There are several ways the GreenPodTM team assists you during the design, construction and placement of your GreenPodTM. We’re there to help at every step, from guidance in land selection, to information on how to obtain traditional financing. Our comprehensive services include assisting with building code permitting requirements as well as capitalizing on your property’s assets for maximum view and solar potential.

Once we’ve gathered all your land information and confirmed the allowable building area , set-back information, and financing approval, we can help you choose a plan and make design modifications to suit your needs and budget. Greenpod provides plans, elevations and views in PDF format, along with a 3D model for you to view on your computer. This allows you to fully view and understand your new home from the inside out in a comprehensive format. We help you decide wether it’s site or factory built. Your contractor prepares an estimate for site preparation, foundations, transportation, and setting the Pod, as well as making other needed site improvements.

During your design meeting, we discuss how to take advantage of the site and discuss your needs. In addition, we can discuss and explore the incorporation of active and passive solar power.

The next step involves using a 3D modeling program to conceptualize your home on the site. We start with energy effecient and a non-toxic shell design. Next, we focus on interior components and finishes based on your budget .

WIth appropriate engineering, we then develop a permit drawing set. We coordinate your Pods delivery to the site OR coordinate the foundation and work with a local building team, depending on which option you choose.

Next, we coordinate your Pod’s delivery to the site and can oversee and assist your contractor in attaching your GreenPodTM home to its foundation.
From our first design meeting to the construction of your Pod, we estimate that once all the preparatory work is complete, the actual time to build or deliver your GreenPod could be as little as 14-16 weeks.


THE VALUE

Why Own A Greenpod Home?

Significant cost savings over traditional custom home

Design efficiency = no waste of material and space
Replicable manufacturing process = efficiency = saves time and money
Beautiful custom architectural plans and interior designs are included in the cost
Minimal site disruption = less grading
Reduced ongoing operation cost and maintenance

Durable building materials = lower maintenance
Energy efficient design = lower utility costs
Water efficiency = lower water usage and costs
Passive solar design = lower heating costs
Eco-friendly design benefits

GreenPodTM is FSC certified and BuiltGreenTM
Non-toxic materials = healthier indoor environment = healthier YOU!
Recycled materials = healthier planet

GREENPODTM HOMES OFFER SUSTAINABLE LIVING FROM THE INSIDE OUT
GREEN IS AFFORDABLE!


THE COST

GreenPodTM Development LLC offers a variety of sustainable, energy efficient home designs. From container homes to homes on wheels, we are dealing with a variety of budgets depending on the needs of the client. The cost of your Pod will depend on the complexity of the construction and design elements you choose.

We start with an energy efficient shell and passive solar design, saving you 75% over traditional framing construction. We are dedicated to reduce the impact on our planet. We do not use traditional stick frame construction in our designs for this reason. We try to educate the long term value of energy efficiency using structurally insulated panels and our design methods.

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.

To achieve a lower budget, we simplify the shell design, use competitive windows (not vinyl), and sheet rock wrap (trimless) around openings. We can design around recycled materials as well. The main expense of the interiors come from your kitchen and bath.

Pods start at less than $180.00 to $250.00 sf depending on your design and finish choices. This includes module fabrication, but not the cost of your land or site preparation. The total cost of your Pod may also vary depending on your geographical area, site conditions, and services. Transportable modular homes are more cost efficient in fabricating, but are comparable in cost to modular component site-built homes considering the cost of moving and setting into place.

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, depending on your location, 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 (for transportable modular homes only)
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. The setting cost will be dependent on the difficultly of your site.
4. Connections (for transportable modular homes only)
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.
We begin with the preliminary design phase and site evaluation, with a retainer of $500.00 and a signed agreement. Greenpod provides plans, elevations and views in PDF format, along with a 3D model for you to view on your computer. This allows you to fully view and understand your new home from the inside out in a comprehensive format. This time is billed at a rate of $85.00 an hour, an average 700 sf pod will be about $5,000 dollars. Additional services include redesigns and custom interiors and finishes, and will be billed separately at an hourly rate, defined in our contract.
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)