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A Tent to Grow Pot, Fake Grass, and a Dual-Use Skylight…

By February 17, 2013

Interior Design

We took our own advice and strode through the many aisles of exhibitors at the Seattle Home Show this weekend. Amid the countless remodeling specialists, flooring and hot tub retailers, the bright light from this outfit really caught my eye and many others.

Grow tents from "Good to Grow"

Grow tents from “Good to Grow”

You knew entrepreneurs were bound to come out of the weeds with ways to cash in  on the legalization of marijuana in Washington state. This Seattle business calls itself “Good to Grow“, a cheeky play on WSDOT’s Good to Go pass. Their budding idea is a tent that contains all of the components needed to grow your favorite herb at home.

Mark Sutton, Good to Grow’s VP of Operations & Marketing, explained that the tents come equipped with high-powered light bulbs and a ventilation system that allow people to grow plants in their home year-round. While Sutton says the tents are perfect for flowers or vegetables, there’s no doubt what the intended application is.

If you’re interested in one of these cannabis closets, the 10 x 10 version sells for $2,450, while the 4 x 4 tent is going for $1,450. There will also be a 2 x 2 package in the future. But before you begin a reefer remodel (ok, no more puns) to make room for one of these tents, know that while possession of up an ounce of pot is legal, growing and selling it remains a crime.

Now from herbal grass to the synthetic variety…

Is it real or fake?

Is it real or fake?

We checked out a few of the exhibitors selling astro turf because we’re thinking about getting it for our outdoor deck. We couldn’t believe how far the technology has come. When you look and touch some of the samples, it’s hard to tell whether it’s real or fake.

Dream Turf, based in Snohomish, advertises installations that are custom manufactured to replicate natural Northwest grass. The upside is that you don’t have to water, mow or fertilize the lawn and it never loses its durability. Just as the company claims, the synthetic material felt like grass and is really soft to the touch. The lawn also comes with a system to drain rain water.

Drainage system

Drainage system

Dream Turf says the cost is about $10 per sq ft, which includes installation.

Finally, this product had me taking a second look.

Sunlight & LED in one

Sunlight & LED in one

 Solatube is a skylight that doubles as an indoor light when the sun sets. Installed in an opening in the roof, the contraption captures daylight and redirects it into your home. When sensors determine that there’s not enough natural light, the system turns on an artificial light, which now includes LED as one of its options. The technology is supposed to deliver up to 94% in light savings.  It seems like a neat idea. Anyone out there have these at home? Do they work?

Here’s an idea: why don’t the Solatube people get together with the Good to Grow folks and work out a licensing deal. The Seattle Home Show runs through February 24th at the CenturyLink Field event center. Many exhibitors hand out trinkets. No, the Good to Grow booth does not have samples.