It’s no secret that the growth of big industry and globalization has wreaked havoc on the environment. In the last century alone, half of the world’s forests have been altered, degraded or destroyed. In this world of big business, it is up to us as responsible consumers to make purchasing decisions that support our beliefs […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Congratulations to: Gail Sims (CPA Green Technology Grant Advisor), Chris Auld, Brady Mitchell, Heather Jackson, John Rutherford and Jen Kohl, all teachers at Vintage High School in Napa, California, who applied for, and were awarded a “California Partnership Academy (CPA) Green Technology Grant.”
Green Technology pathway courses are designed for students in grades ten through twelve. […]
How Much Does a YardPod Cost?
This is the single most asked question we get. Our website lists a finished YardPod in the greater San Francisco Bay Area at a starting price of $11,500 for an 8ft x 8ft unit and a starting price of $14,500 for a 10ft x 12ft YardPod, again in the Bay […]
This is the latest YardPod, our first in Berkeley, constructed by our General Contractor partner Paul Melish Builder. Constructed as a 10 ft x 12ft YardPod with a flat roof, a 12” overhang on three sides and an 18” overhang at the front. The new deck provides an easy transition into the YardPod and the […]
YardPods is fortunate to be featured (p89) in this new book, along with some 150 other small buildings.
Building types are gathered into chapters:
“Tiny Homes on Foundations”
“Tiny Homes on Wheels”
“Tiny Homes by Architects”
“On the Road”
“On the Water”
The book has 213 pages packed with fascinating and thought-provoking pictures of actual buildings and the people who […]
I am frequently asked if a YardPod can be have a green roof, the answer is “Definitely.”
Green roofs can help with rainwater management, cooling and energy conservation, increasing biodiversity and can insulate from noise. Some people use the extra space to grow food. Green roofs are often used to provide a wildlife habitat, but this […]