Introduction

We understand that while designing and building a YardPod can be exciting and fun, it can also be intimidating and sometimes a little scary. Our start-to-finish process helps ensure that your experience is exciting but predictable.

Finally, balancing between desires and cost, our experience and expertise will help you make well-informed decisions, which will allow you to have your dream YardPod in no time at all (6-8 weeks).

The 10 Steps To Your New YardPod

1. Obtain Essential Building Site Information

Start by gathering all information about your site including:

  • Lot size (area and dimensions)
  • Size of existing property
  • Zoning and special zoning requirements
  • Setbacks, size limits, height limits, Floor Area Ratio, etc.

Do this yourself, or let us do it for you with a “Site Assessment.”

YardPod Site Assessments are a great first step for your backyard building project. Site Assessments help provide the answer to “Can I build it there?

Site Assessments will save you time, reveal hard-to-find local building requirements, and help eliminate costly planning and building mistakes.

2. Select a YardPod Size

  • Note that most jurisdictions limit the size to 120 sq ft, some more, some less.
  • YardPods can be any size that you want, we are not limited.
  • The most popular is 10×12, but we have built smaller and larger.
  • All measurements are outside, deduct approximately 12” for internal dimensions.

3. Select a YardPod Configuration

  • Flat Roof
  • Sloping Roof
  • Gable Roof
  • Other

4. YardPod Design

Select the YardPod design that best fits your needs:

  • A Standard YardPod Design
    • 10×12 with flat or sloping roof
    • 8×15 with flat or sloping roof
  • A Standard YardPod Design you would like to modify
  • A custom YardPod Design

Review and download the free Study Sets that interest you.

5. Site Visit and Consultation

(If you are in the greater San Francisco Bay Area)

Order a Site Visit and Consultation:

Schedule the visit.
YardPods will send a Consultant to visit you and:

  • Learn about your requirements
  • Inspect the site and advise on placement
  • Discuss design and construction options.
  • Advise if a Consulting Engineer is required to design the foundations and/or retaining walls.
  • Prepare initial sketch drawings.

6. Sketch Drawings following Site Visit

Based on your requirements and site, YardPods will deliver a set of sketches for you to review. You can:

  • Accept as is, or
  • Modify the drawings as required.

We will modify the sketches for you.

7. Bid Drawings

Standard YardPod Plans

If you selected a standard YardPod without changes, you can purchase a set of drawings for $499.

Modified Standard Plans

If you want to customize the standard design, or have us create a new one, YardPods will prepare drawings and a specification which will be used to obtain bids.

YardPods will send the drawings to you for review and approval.
If you require additional changes, we will charge $100/hour for design work.

8. Select a Contractor

In the San Francisco Bay Area, YardPods prefers to use its partner builders. When you use such a builder, YardPods will remain in contact with you and the builder during construction and will be available to help resolve any issues or concerns.

If you prefer to use your own builder, you can do so, but you will not have the benefit of YardPods coordination.

9. Construction Contract

  • The Licensed contractor will submit a Proposal to you.
  • You will review and either accept or ask the builder for changes.
  • Once a contract has been agreed and signed, the builder will schedule construction.

10. Construction

  • There will be a lead-time before construction can start to allow the builder to order and receive materials and components. (Note that some items, such as aluminum windows can take up to 10 weeks.)
  • The builder will generally take about 3 weeks to construct from foundations to hand-over of keys.
  • All construction is on site, nothing is prefabricated.
  • The owner will advise the builder of any concerns during the process and should also inform YardPods.
  • Warranties are provided by the builder.

Please call or email to discuss your requirements.

We look forward to designing and building a YardPod for you.

Ask the YardPod Guys


  • YardPods' focus of work is the Greater SF Bay Area.




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