FAQs

How do I get a YardPod?

In Norther California:

  • Call us to discuss your requirements.
  • Invite us to visit your site for a free Design Consultation.
  • Meet us on site, review the location options, review the design options, finishes, etc. Agree a design.
  • We will provide a 3D sketch free of charge.
  • Take the sketch to your local Planning Department to obtain information on site set-backs to ensure that you can place your YardPod where you want it.
  • 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 to finalize the design and to request a price quote, free of charge.
  • Review our price quote and contract, sign the order form and arrange payment.
  • We will confirm and begin fabrication.
  • We will deliver and install within weeks.

Can I use my own design for a YardPod?

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

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?

Yes. Permits will normally be required.

Why 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.

TURNKEY:  If you live in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, take advantage of our full service option. Manufactured to your specification, delivered and installed by a licensed General Contractor, this is the fastest solution with the highest quality.

DIY:  If you want to Do It Yourself and are handy with basic construction tools, or have friends who are (or a local General Contractor you like), our DIY YardPods offers unbeatable speed and cost advantages.  Panels are relatively light and easy to manage. Build your YardPod over a weekend.

GREEN: All materials used in YardPods are selected to be as sustainable as possible. The panels are built with virtually no waste. Because the panels are light, shipping costs are reduced.  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.  We prefabricate in Penngrove, Sonoma.  Support your local businesses!

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 in California 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 pre-cast concrete blocks, on galvanized metal spikes, or on treated lumber beams directly on leveled ground or a gravel bed which is well-drained.

Will you deliver?

Yes, we can arranged for delivery of YardPodd in Northern California.

Will you assemble the YardPod for me?

We are happy to assemble YardPods in Norther California.

We are able to complete the YardPod in our factory with doors, windows and finishes completed and will deliver it to you as a flat-pack.  This is the fastest way to obtain a YardPod.

Do you install electricity?

No.  We can install electrical junction boxes and conduit, but as electrical work needs an electrical permit, the wiring and connections must be made by a licensed electrical contractor.

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 a more sophisticated system, or for cooling, we recommend that you contact a licensed local contractor.

Is there a solar-powered option?

Yes, please call for more information.

Other questions?

Please contact us.