YardPods is a design and building consultancy specializing in detached backyard offices and studios for the SF Bay Area.

YardPodsWe design cool free-standing rooms typically installed in backyards and used for home offices, studios and more. Each of our designs are custom, unique, well-finished, heavily-insulated and comfortable rooms to work, play or live in.

Invented by The Pod Guys (Malcolm and Marvin), YardPods are the sort of rooms they wanted for themselves –modern looking, infinitely personizable, superior craftsmanship, and heavily eco-friendly. A “getaway” room only a few steps away that was their own personal space. Turns out many people also wanted the same thing and so a business was started.

The Pod Guys have backgrounds in architecture, engineering, fabrication, modular housing, and design automation. They are committed to quality and excellence in everything they do and make sure everyone at YardPods shares the same passion.

Please contact us and let us create a unique personal space for you.


1. We are not contractors, we work with licensed contractors that are local to you.

2. YardPods are not prefabricated, everything is built on site in about 3 weeks. Unlike competitors with prefabricated products, we do not have to charge Sales Tax or Shipping costs.


Malcolm DaviesMalcolm Davies

B.Arch(Hons), Ph.D. Architecture & Building Science (Strathclyde)

Malcolm was trained as an architect and has a Ph.D. in Architecture & Building Science. He practiced architecture in the UK and practiced and taught in Saudi Arabia before moving to the USA. He has specialized in prefabricated and modular housing as well as small structures (YardPods). Malcolm has been CEO of Frank Gehry’s technology group and CEO of Michelle Kaufmann’s modular design office. He has also held senior positions in technology companies (VP-General Electric, SVP-Autodesk, CEO-Cadkey, COO-Hyprotech, etc.).

Malcolm’s focus now is on applying his knowledge and experience to the “Work From Home” marketplace with a focus on the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Marvin 2010Marvin Mauer

BS Civil Engineering

Marvin co-founded YardPods. He has been passionately involved in design technology and construction-related industries since forever. Marvin also founded Houseplans.com, a leading online provider of stock house plans.

Marvin started his career as a Registered Civil Engineer and Licensed Land Surveyor in California. When not digging holes, he is usually designing and building something.

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