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Prefab: DIY Yard Pod

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These yard pods are great for a home office, art studio, meditation room, workout room, music studio, pool cabana, media room or even a photo studio.

“YardPods are pre-fabricated, steel frame backyard rooms individually configured using a large catalog of modular, eco-friendly parts and materials. Pre-assembled in precision engineered panels at our factory and fully assembled on your site –permit free in most areas.

For play, for work, for escape –your personal space can be only days away!”
~YardPods Website

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Floor Plan Sizes

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Roof Styles/Options

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More Options and Information

There are options for everything on these DIY Prefab Kits.

Here are some more of the options that you can explore yourself on their website:

  • 5 door designs
  • 4 window designs
  • 3 interior wall and ceiling finishes
  • 4 options for exterior siding
  • 4 unique flooring options

Overall they offer a wide selection of choices. You can even begin to configure your own on the website.

“YardPods are built with cold-formed galvanized light gauge steel framing (not wood), which has a high recycled content (25%+) and is 100% recyclable, Steel is stronger and lighter than wood, will not rot, will not shrink, will not warp, will not support mold or infestation, is fire-resistant and has a life in the hundreds of years.”
~ YardPod Factory

“Our manufacturing facility is powered 100% by solar and we utilize a state-of-the-art computer-driven manufacturing process for making our steel frames which virtually eliminates waste. Every piece of steel is cut accurately to length by the automated roll-forming machines, and is assembled on compression tables where everything is screwed together. Whenever practical, we assemble complete panels in the factory, containing external sheathing, insulation and finishes, this minimizes waste, ensures accuracy and virtually eliminates re-work and waste on the job site.

Our manufacturing facility is located at Sonoma Mountain Village, one of the most sustainable developments in the world.”
~ YardPods Green

Delivery & Assembly Options

Option 1–You (customer) picks it up

Option 2–They deliver to your site in Northern California for you to assemble yourself

Option 3–They’ll deliver and assemble on your site (on your foundation)

Pricing & Contact Information

You can request a free quote for one of these right from their website (direct link to quote request–opens in new window).

If you want to call them directly their phone number is 415-322-9763.

Prices start at just $1,470 for the 8′ x 8′ as a DIY project. A completed 8′ x 8′ is estimated at $8,649. See their FAQs for more info.

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  • April 1, 2010, 8:54 am

    Thanks for mentioning our YardPods. We are focusing initially on the San Francisco Bay Area, but plan to ship flat-pack kits throughout the USA later in the year.
    Malcolm Davies, CEO

  • modular homes
    July 1, 2010, 5:19 am

    well, Prefab Home Office Interior-plus-Furniture Pod Design Idea … and ideas for modern design firms!

  • modular homes
    July 1, 2010, 11:19 am

    well, Prefab Home Office Interior-plus-Furniture Pod Design Idea … and ideas for modern design firms!

  • modular homes
    August 25, 2010, 9:55 am

    I saw a company that made and sold prefab mid and tweeter pod for A pillars. … I want to try a prefab set

  • Dining Room Furniture
    October 13, 2010, 2:42 am

    That pod looks great!

  • Bryant Arent
    June 23, 2011, 3:15 am

    I have looked at eco-friendly alternatives, so far I have installed solar panels on my home but while looking for a electric car I find the cost doesnt justify it for me. While I am passionate about making green choices whenever possible it is up to people like you and I to spread awareness and let the companies know there is a demand. Your website looks popular and I think you can help influence society with your insight and eco tips. by the way I found your site by searching Prefab: DIY Yard Pod and you were the first result. So I think your website is a good platform to discuss ideas that are thought provoking and influence your readers to go green. – Good luck with your site, you deserve it – Bill

    • DH
      May 10, 2013, 11:19 pm

      Thanks for the article. I’m looking for an exercise space detached from my house and found this very quickly. Love the site to by the way…

      • Alex
        May 11, 2013, 1:22 pm

        Awesome DH glad we could help 🙂

  • Randolf
    May 26, 2015, 5:42 pm

    I found the site today and called the company, I read over the site and it claimed a metal frame with a life span of 100 years. After speaking to the guy that answered the phone he told me I could look at on at his house. Do they not have any in kind of facility?

    Then he told me he was only doing they out of wood frame now.

    Seemed like it was a little shakey of you ask me.

    Not sure about this one.

    • May 27, 2015, 10:27 am


      I am “the guy who answered the phone.” I am the CEO and a founder of YardPods. As I informed you, we are only shipping to Northern California. You wanted to see a model in Atlanta. I have a showcase YardPod at my house north of San Francisco which you said you would like to visit during one of your trips to California.

      The site you “read over” is the 2010 article reported here, not our current website. We have moved on since then. Our current website http://www.podsystems.com shows that we now work in wood framing, not steel. We like steel, but customers did not want to pay the incremental price for steel.

      I am sorry that you got the impression we are “a little shaky” I can see that happening when you look at information that is five years old. We are thriving, this year is proving to be our best ever and we have many satisfied customers.

      Malcolm Davies, Ph.D.
      Founder and CEO, Pod Systems (the company behind YardPods.)
      [email protected]

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