FAQs2018-09-13T15:27:55+00:00

Yardpod exteriorWhy should I select a YardPod rather than a competitors product?

QUALITY: If you want a drafty “shed” that is too hot in summer, too cold in winter and which will rot in a few years, buy a shed from your local hardware store. However, if you want a high quality comfortable office or studio that may be tax-deductible as a home office, and which will enhance your property, select a YardPod.

GREEN: All materials used in YardPods are selected to be as sustainable as possible. We recommend bamboo flooring and recycled insulation with excellent thermal and acoustic properties. We offer cool roofs which reflect the sun and we offer highly insulated doors and windows.

PRICE: YardPods offer the best value. Compare with an equivalent site-built room which can cost $50,000 or more.

LOCAL: We design and operate the business out of San Rafael, Marin. Support your local businesses!

How do I get a YardPod?

In Northern California:

  • First decide if you really want a YardPod:
  • If the proposed building is greater than 120 sq ft, or is used for Living, please visit our sister site aduhq.com
  • If the project is 120 sq ft or less, or does not need permits, it can be a YardPod.
  • Call or visit your local Planning Department to obtain information on site set-backs to ensure that you can place your YardPod where you want it.
  • Call us to discuss your requirements.
  •  Invite us to visit your site for an initial meeting, there is no charge.
  • Meet us on site, review the location options, review the YardPod designs, finishes, etc.
  • Agree a design. If you prefer a customized YardPod, we are happy to design one to your specifications. Cost is $200 which is refundable against the purchase of a YardPod.
  • We will provide 3D sketches for you to review.
  • Check your Homeowners Association CC&R’s (if you have one).
  • Consider discussing with your neighbor if they will have a view of the YardPod (they might like to order one at the same time).
  • When you wish to proceed, call us and we will request a price quote from a local builder.
  • Review the price quote and contract, sign the order form and arrange payment.
  • The builder will commence work on an agreed schedule.

Outside of Northern California:
We do not presently ship outside of Northern California. Please call or email and express your interest and we will inform you when we can deliver to you.

How quickly can I get my YardPod?

This depends on the workload of the builder, we aim to complete each project within six to eight weeks of every order.

Can I use my own design for a YardPod?

Yes. We are happy to work with you on your custom design, design fees apply.

Can I order a larger (than 10×12) YardPod?

Yes, we are happy to work with you on a Custom Design. We will request a retainer for custom home design work. Permits will normally be required on larger YardPods.

Can I include a bathroom or kitchen?

Not in a YardPod. Bathrooms and Kitchens need permits, please visit our sister site aduhq.com

Do I need a permit?

Each authority has its own set of regulations. It is the responsibility of the purchaser to verify whether or not permits are required. Generally, you will not need a permit if you comply with planning setbacks because YardPods, which are a maximum of 120 sq ft, are defined as “Detached Accessory Structures” and are supplied without electricity and water hook-ups.

If you wish to apply for permits, we can provide you with a set of architectural and structural drawings for $500.

What kind of foundation do I need?

YardPods can be built on traditional concrete foundations, or a concrete slab which may be required if a Building Permit is needed. Normally, YardPods do not need permits (please check with your local authority) and can be placed on concrete piers.

Does a YardPod come with heating and/or cooling?

YardPods are well-insulated and with a cool roof membrane, reflect a lot of sunlight, but all buildings will revert to the outside ambient temperature when not heated or cooled. For heating, we recommend a small electrical space heater. For air conditioning, a wall-mounted unit is best, we can provide the opening if the customer tells us what size it should be and where. For a more sophisticated system, we recommend that you contact a licensed local contractor.

Is there a solar-powered option?

Yes, this is part of our Custom Design Option

Do you offer Auxiliary Dwelling Units (ADU’s), “Granny Units” or other small homes?

Yes, please see aduhq.com

Other questions?

Please contact us.

2 Comments

  1. Denise Railsback December 22, 2010 at 11:07 am - Reply

    Please respond to both the above email and to my personal email: denise@railsback.com as I will not be in the office next week, but will continue to work on this.

    The City of San José, Silicon Valley Energy Watch, and PG&E are developing an Energy Efficiency Exhibit as one of the sites within the Green Vision Alternative Energy showcase. The goal of this exhibit will be to increase public awareness and knowledge of energy reduction measures. The exhibit will provide education on the sources of our electrical power, Smart Meters from PG&E, and demonstrate many of the basic retrofits that can be done to a home or small business as well as illustrate the more in depth renovations that are available to increase home or small business energy efficiency.

    I am in search of a structure to house the Energy Efficiency Exhibit. We are looking for a structure that is either 10’ or 12’ wide and 32’ to 36’ long. We need to have two ADA compatible doors so that we may have a directed flow of traffic through the structure. For a combination of ADA and space restrictions we also need to have the structure directly on the ground or with a very low threshold elevation. For security the structure needs to be able to be locked. Structure needs to remain on site for a period of one year and then be removed. I am looking for an open floor plan so that I can install several interactive Energy Efficiency displays within the structure.
    Additionally, we are trying to get many interior components of the structure to be as environmentally friendly as possible and we hope to have many of them donated by local companies. Some additional specifics follow:

    1) We want the structure to be as energy efficient and as ecologically sustainable as possible. We are looking into the ability to remove the structure after the showcase closes at the end of one year and then have as much of the structure reused or recycled as possible. Are you able to remove and recycle/reuse the components after one year?
    2) We are hoping to have insulation donated from one or two local companies. Are you able to work with other contractors to insure that these contributions mesh well with your designs? What is the ‘standard’ interior finish of your structures?
    3) We also want to have a ‘green’ flooring installed which will also hopefully be donated. What type of flooring is offered with your project? Is this compatible with adding a bamboo or other green flooring?
    4) We have two vendors who are going to donate lighting to the structure. I am thinking probably two or three fluorescent ceiling fixtures, provided by Lumiversal, and then some LED ceiling and sconce lighting, provided by Optoelectronix, on the other end. We will also need some plugs to power electronics displays. So we will need an electrician.
    5) What are the roofing specs for a standard structure? Is there a possibility of getting recyclable roofing materials?
    We are happy to have recycled materials used in the building.

  2. Josh rice January 10, 2011 at 11:27 am - Reply

    Hello, I very interested in purchasing a 10 x 10 kit. I live in Wisconsin and wanted to get shipping options, etc. I would like to DIY by it appears that your configurator is not available on your site so I am unable to get started.

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