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Selecting a Location for your YardPod® Home Studio or Office

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First determine what the setbacks on your property are. These can be obtained from your local Planning Department, usually through a telephone call, or, if your Planning Department is up to date, on-line. Setbacks are the distances from your property line that you are not allowed to build. Although YardPods do not normally need building […]

YardPods® – Maximum Comfort and Minimum Energy

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YardPods are custom-designed to meet the needs of each owner. One of the factors considered is the microclimate in which it is to be placed and how it is to be used. We prefer to design each YardPod specifically for its location and orientation rather than having standard designs which may or may not work […]

Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid

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This is the sixth and latest book in the series featuring sustainable design and construction of homes by Sheri Koones. Aimed at giving inspirational guidance to homeowners and potential homeowners who will build homes “that they will thoroughly enjoy living in – that are healthy, sustainable, energy efficient and beautiful.” (Sheri Koones). I recommend […]

Vintage High School Students in Napa are learning about Sustainability by building a YardPod®

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Congratulations to: Gail Sims (CPA Green Technology Grant Advisor), Chris Auld, Brady Mitchell, Heather Jackson, John Rutherford and Jen Kohl, all teachers at Vintage High School in Napa, California, who applied for, and were awarded a “California Partnership Academy (CPA) Green Technology Grant.”

Green Technology pathway courses are designed for students in grades ten through twelve. […]

YardPod® Update February 2012

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How Much Does a YardPod Cost?

This is the single most asked question we get. Our website lists a finished YardPod in the greater San Francisco Bay Area at a starting price of $11,500 for an 8ft x 8ft unit and a starting price of $14,500 for a 10ft x 12ft YardPod, again in the Bay […]

YardPod® in Berkeley, California

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This is the latest YardPod, our first in Berkeley, constructed by our General Contractor partner Paul Melish Builder. Constructed as a 10 ft x 12ft YardPod with a flat roof, a 12” overhang on three sides and an 18” overhang at the front.  The new deck provides an easy transition into the YardPod and the […]

Tiny Homes, Simple Shelters by Lloyd Kahn, Shelter Publications, Inc. 2012.

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YardPods is fortunate to be featured (p89) in this new book, along with some 150 other small buildings.

Building types are gathered into chapters:

“Tiny Homes on Foundations”

“Tiny Homes on Wheels”

“Tiny Homes by Architects”

“Prefab Kits”

“Earthy Materials”

“Treehouses”

“On the Road”

“On the Water”

 

The book has 213 pages packed with fascinating and thought-provoking pictures of actual buildings and the people who […]

How Green is your YardPod® Roof?

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I am frequently asked if a YardPod can be have a green roof, the answer is “Definitely.”

Green roofs can help with rainwater management, cooling and energy conservation, increasing biodiversity and can insulate from noise.  Some people use the extra space to grow food.  Green roofs are often used to provide a wildlife habitat, but this […]

Top 10 Reasons why YOU need a YardPod®

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Reason #1: “You need MORE SPACE.”

This is the primary reason why people add a YardPod. More and more people are working from home either part time or full time, and the dining room table is simply not the most efficient place to work.

A YardPod provides additional usable space quickly and efficiently and the cost may […]

How Green is a YardPod®?

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Answer: As Green as we can make it!

Designing for sustainability is not a binary activity, everything involves trade-offs.  In an ideal world, we would only use materials that were affordable, renewable and produced locally that was easy to assemble, had structural strength and thermal stability, used no paint or glue, that needed no maintenance, did […]