Gallery: Inside the world's first Homb green prefab in Portland
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
The world's first Homb home, at 538 N.E. Ivy St. in Portland, prepared Thursday afternoon for its first public open house Friday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Click through the gallery for a look inside.
Portland's — and the world's — first Homb opens its doors to the public Friday afternoon, showing the work of a months-long partnership between Seattle-based Method Homes and Portland-based Skylab Architecture.
The home is an example of what can be done with green, prefabricated architecture, designed in Portland, built at a factory in Washington and shipped to a site in Northeast Portland on a convoy of six trucks. The six pieces, modular building blocks devoid of right angles, were placed on the lot by crane in September. Work finishing the inside was finally completed this week.
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The result? A modern wonder of efficiency and creative use of space. Two inches of rigid insulation on the outside of the building plus blown-in insulation and a heat recovery ventilation system results in a highly efficient home festooned with windows and perched beside an expansive green deck of recycled plastic and bamboo. A 6-kilowatt solar array is installed on the rooftop and cement planters out front whisk away stormwater.
The 4,000 square-foot home was built with the help of sponsors — it's a prototype and a showcase, after all — for the family of Kaja Taft who explored the home and accepted congratulations at a reception Thursday evening. She'll move in next week after more than two years of having it on the drawing board as a work in progress.
"We didn't think we'd be able to afford a custom home," Taft said. "We're excited."
While the first Homb was subsidized by sponsors, the hard costs of the house came to a total of about $800,000 or about $200 per square foot.
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