Malcolm

About Malcolm Davies

Malcolm is the other original YardPod Guy with a Ph.D. in Architecture & Building Science. Also passionate about sustainable, modular prefabricated buildings. Malcolm was CEO of Frank Gehry's technology company and CEO of Michelle Kaufmann Designs.
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YardPod Home Office in Berkeley, CA

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Our latest YardPod is a home office in Berkeley. This is our first with opening transom windows. It features drywall interior, bamboo floors and track lighting.

“The YardPod is great. It turned out really very well indeed and will be a fantastic new space for us. Many thanks for a job well done. I am sure […]

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Interview with Malcolm

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Need a Home Office But Don’t Have the Room?
An Interview with Malcolm Davies of YardPods

Please tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.
YardPods was founded in 2009 by Marvin Mauer and myself to provide design/build services for homeowners wishing to add a workspace or studio. Unlike most construction, we prefabricate […]

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YardPod Writer’s Studio

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This YardPod Writer’s Studio has panoramic views across the San Francisco Bay. It features a 10ft x 12ft floor plan with a flat roof and exterior LP Smartside to match existing house.

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YardPod Flat Roof? Overhang?

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I am always amazed when people say “I do not want a flat roof, the water will pond.”

In ancient times when roof membranes leaked, this was a valid concern, but no more.  We use Dura-Last roof membranes which are effective on a totally flat roof and warranted for 15 years.  As a practical matter, we […]

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YardPods Featured in San Francisco Chronicle

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YardPod Home Office for a Teacher in Berkeley, California

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This 8ft x 12ft YardPod was designed and built for a Teacher in Berkeley, California.  She wanted an office that maximized wall space while still providing good natural light.

We prefabricated this YardPod with five high-level Milgard aluminum awning windows and one glass-paneled steel door.

Foundations comprised six site-poured concrete foundations with a connecting treated wood beam […]

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Introducing YardPod® CLASSIC

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Introducing YardPod CLASSIC

YardPod Classic is the latest generation of YardPod:

Lower Prices
Much Faster to assemble.  Contractors can install on a prepared foundation in one day.  Homeowners with building experience may take 2-3 days with friends.
Ships as a flat-pack anywhere in the USA
Walls, Floor and Roof Panels lock together
4ft wide modular walls can be mixed and matched

Solid […]

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Selecting a Location for your YardPod® Home Studio or Office

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First determine what the setbacks on your property are. These can be obtained from your local Planning Department, usually through a telephone call, or, if your Planning Department is up to date, on-line. Setbacks are the distances from your property line that you are not allowed to build. Although YardPods do not normally need building […]

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YardPods® – Maximum Comfort and Minimum Energy

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YardPods are custom-designed to meet the needs of each owner. One of the factors considered is the microclimate in which it is to be placed and how it is to be used. We prefer to design each YardPod specifically for its location and orientation rather than having standard designs which may or may not work […]

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Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid

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This is the sixth and latest book in the series featuring sustainable design and construction of homes by Sheri Koones. Aimed at giving inspirational guidance to homeowners and potential homeowners who will build homes “that they will thoroughly enjoy living in – that are healthy, sustainable, energy efficient and beautiful.” (Sheri Koones). I recommend […]