YardPods offers a garden view that is green too

Units have steel framing, priced $2,100 to $16,500

[caption id="attachment_22789" align="alignleft" width="314" caption="The First YardPods unit was installed in San Rafael earlier this year."][/caption]

SAN RAFAEL -- A new Marin County company is testing the mettle of the tiny-building market with a steel-framed structure designed for European-style garden offices, back yard sitting rooms or pool cabanas.

Drawing on growing interest in modular, light-gauge-steel panel and tiny-home construction, YardPods launched this year with one-room insulated units that can be built in a day or so from a number of environmentally friendly components.

"In Europe where I come from, the room in the garden for an office or reading is huge and growing fast," said Chief Executive Officer Malcom Davies. "I think it is going to come here. A lot of people have a yard they want to take advantage of."

The units currently range in size from 64-square-foot square units to 120-square-foot 10-foot-by-12-foot units, but some builders are interested in larger units, he said.

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