Gallery: The Tiny Sweet Pea is the First Houseboat to be Certified by B...

One tiny houseboat in Olympia, Washington is not only painted green, but it is also the first houseboat to be certified by Built Green! The one bedroom houseboat was built to be an affordable alternative to urban living, without developing more land. The 550 square foot boat was built by Mike Auderer of Olympia Construction.

The little houseboat is aptly called “Sweet Pea,” which fits its green color and modest accommodations.  The houseboat may be small, but it does not skimp on amenities, providing a comfortable living space for one or two people. The modern kitchen is outfitted with Energy Star appliances, including microwave, toaster oven and coffee maker. The mosaic tiled wall and counter top separate the kitchen area from the living room, which fits a flat screen television, couch, and coffee table. Stools line the counter to create a dining area.

One wall of the living room is made up of floor to ceiling windows and glass doors, filling the houseboat with natural light during the day. The double doors open onto a back yard like no other, a covered deck overlooking the calm waters of Sweet Pea’s port. Upstairs sleeps a cozy bedroom for two, complete with a second balcony deck.

The Sweet Pea houseboat received a level 3 rating from Built Green. The rating is based on construction for energy reduction, indoor health, reduced water use, and durability.

+ Sweet Pea

Via Jetson Green


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  1. dew June 15, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    I would like to congratulate the builder on his construction and craftsmanship. However, from a financial standpoint, the ongoing fee’s that would be associated with this type of build would not be reasonable. Also, the non motorized aspect of this build would not allow it in many water locations since many marina’s and docks are in communities that do not allow year round on board living or non motorized docking. What are the Coast guard ratings on this project? Good work, but impractical.

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