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YardPod Flat Roof? Overhang?

By |June 1st, 2014|

I am always amazed when people say “I do not want a flat roof, the water will pond.”

In ancient times when roof membranes leaked, this was a valid concern, but no more.  We use Dura-Last roof membranes which are effective on a totally flat roof and warranted for 15 years.  As a practical matter, we […]

YardPod CLASSIC for a Teacher in Berkeley, California

By |April 26th, 2013|

This 12ft x 8ft YardPod was designed and built for a Teacher in Berkeley, California.  She wanted an office that maximized wall space while still providing good natural light. We prefabricated this YardPod with five high-level Milgard aluminum awning windows and one glass-paneled steel door.

Foundations comprised six site-poured concrete foundations with a connecting treated wood […]

YardPods® – Maximum Comfort and Minimum Energy

By |May 25th, 2012|

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 […]

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

By |March 27th, 2012|

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

By |February 21st, 2012|

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

By |February 7th, 2012|


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.

By |January 17th, 2012|

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”


“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?

By |December 18th, 2011|

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®

By |December 10th, 2011|

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 […]

What will your YardPod® be?

By |May 18th, 2011|

Home Office
Walk to work! The perfect place to read or surf the web or talk as loud as you want.

Media Room
Move the kid noise into the back yard. Or watch your favorite movie without distractions.

Arts & Crafts Studio
The perfect setting for inspiration. Picture yourself lost in creativity.

Zen Retreat
Uninterrupted meditation. Just what the doctor ordered.

Exercise Room
A […]