This is often the first question we get, even before we know what size, shape or specification the YardPod is.

ALL customers customize their YardPods, and their requirements in terms of windows, doors and finishes are all different, leading to a wide variety of costs. This is one of the primary reasons that people select YardPods.

However, we have been designing YardPods long enough to be able to suggest some guidelines. From the lowest price to the most expensive, here are our guidelines:

Cost What You Get
Free Expert Advice & Guidance from a YardPod Pro: Call 415-258-8292, or send us a message.

3D Conceptual Sketch of your custom YardPod: Design Your YardPod.

$99 Site Assessment. Find out if you can build a YardPod on your property.
$500+ YardPod Construction Drawings including: Plan, Foundation Plan, Electrical Plan, Section, four Elevations, Perspectives and a Specification. Includes personal YardPod Pro consulting.
$12,000+ The minimum cost of building your own YardPod to our plans and specification with high-quality doors, windows, insulation and finishes. This assumes minimal foundations, or an existing slab and no labor costs. ($83 / sq.ft.)
$18,000+ The minimum cost of having a handyperson, carpenter or other worker build your YardPod to YardPod specifications in the Bay Area. ($125 / sq.ft.)
$30,000+ The typical cost of a 120 sq.ft. YardPod with a flat roof on a level lot that is built to our standards by a Licensed Contractor in the Bay Area with simple foundations. ($250 / sq.ft.)
$40,000+ The cost of a 120 sq. ft. YardPod built to the highest standards with cedar cladding by a Licensed Contractor in the Bay Area. ($333 / sq.ft.)

Please note that while we specialize in designing YardPods that are 120 sq. ft. or less, we also design larger structures. 120 sq.ft. is the maximum size that can be built in most areas without Planning and Building permits, however, there are exceptions, such as in some Agricultural areas.

In most areas, buildings will have to be designed and built to Code and will require Planning and Building Permits if they:

  • Are larger than 120 sq.ft.
  • Are used for “Living” that is as a bedroom, guest room, or ADU.
  • Have plumbing or sewer services

YardPods does not work on projects that require full Planning and Building Permits.

The only exception is that all YardPods with electricity will need an electrical permit which is normally obtained by the appointed Contractor.

Hopefully the above information will help you to decide whether or not a YardPod could meet your requirements. Please call or send us a message, we are always pleased to provide free and helpful advice with no obligation and no sales pressure (we have no salespeople!).

Thanks for your interest in YardPods.

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