YardPods are steel-frame, prefab rooms designed to fit snugly in your backyard or somewhere else which are made of modular, eco-friendly parts and materials. A YardPod, like many of the sheds we've been talking about, can be used in a number of ways, such as for a home office, media room, arts studio, zen retreat, exercise room, work shop, cabana, studio — you name it! The new company was noticed by Kent Griswold, the Tiny House Blog, and he was able to uncover some interesting details.
First, YardPods was founded by two industry stalwarts. Malcolm Davies was CEO of Michelle Kaufmann Designs and before that, CEO of Gehry Technologies, a Frank Gehry company. Marvin Mauer was a CEO of Houseplans.com and former VP of Mattel. The two of them have seen enough in this industry to know what's on the horizon.
Second, the do-it-yourself version costs between $2,800 – $4,250 when collected from the Northern California factory. The finish-it-yourself version is expected to cost between $10,000 – $15,000 for the largest 10'x12' size. And the complete YardPod is expected to cost between $15,000 – $20,000 for the largest 10'x12' size.
YardPods are made in a solar powered manufacturing facility (in Sonoma Mountain Village) with a number of green materials, including FSC woods and plywoods, recycled and recyclable steel framing, bamboo and cork flooring options, recycled natural cotton fiber insulation, cool roof or long-lasting standing seam metal roofing, efficient windows and doors, and HardiePanel siding. Interesting … definitely keep YardPods on your radar.
Photo credits: Kent Griswold (top/bottom); Middle render: YardPod.