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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. 

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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.

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Photo credits: Kent Griswold (top/bottom); Middle render: YardPod.