It’s amazing the many ways people are using Backyard Pods to find creative building solutions for unusual situations. Using skids, instead of foundation piers, smaller pods can be movable. This option has been adopted by customers in a variety of different situations. One of these on the Gold Coast we found quite surprising from several different angles when the full movable backyard pod project story was eventually revealed.
This story started when Rob needed somewhere to work from home on his new food business, ‘Jerky King’.
Rob had apparently learned that due to food and health regulations, producing processed food for sale in a residential property is not permissible. Production requires commercial premises separate from the home. However, Rob had deduced that this could include a structure on your property that meets regulations and is apart from your residence. As Rob’s home kitchen was squarely off the table, Rob began his search for something he thought would be suitable for his idea and also affordable. After looking at various types of granny flat buildings, he discovered Backyard Pods.
Rob had reportedly spent many years running his own business operations, ‘Carpet King Steam Cleaning’ and ‘King Hit Pest Management’. Making beef jerky started out as a hobby. Eventually, after some extremely successful sales trials at the local pub, Rob soon realised there was a demand for his tasty beef jerky. Rob’s hobby quickly took on a life of its own and ‘Jerky King’ was crowned as a new business venture. Another aspect of this new business in Rob’s mind was the fact it was something he could take into retirement. Rob reasoned that if he ran ‘Jerky King’ from home it allowed him to run everything at his own leisure while offering a handy supplement to any subsequent retirement income. Ultimately, Rob saw for himself that it was a great home business for now and the future.
When Rob first started considering building structures for ‘Jerky King’ he looked at many permanent options such as granny flats, backyard studios, commercial industrial sheds, backyard office cabins, and many other structures that would suit a commercial food home business. However, if he ever wanted to move his hobby-business to another location the permanent nature of these buildings would not allow Rob to preserve his investment in the highly specialised fit-out for his unique jerky endeavours.
Backyard Pods presented Rob with the practical solution. As well as being very affordable, a backyard pod on skids can be moved if necessary. After consulting about kit materials and delivery logistics with the Backyard Pods team, Rob went ahead with his idea for his specialised pod and managed the whole project for himself using some hired help. He boldly positioned the movable pod at the front of his house to give the appearance of a pop-up store. Rob wanted a space that not only enabled him to craft jerky but also included an area for friendly visitors to sample his tasty creations.
Some of the fittings in the pod included a dishwasher, sink, stainless steel catering bench, and air-conditioning. Rob also installed a keg fridge for his home brew beer. According to Rob, the finished pod met all the necessary regulations and would allow ‘Jerky King’ to gradually evolve from a hobby into a commercial food business. If Rob ever changed address, he could just bring along his custom-configured pod.
“I’m very happy with my end result”, said Rob. “So is my wife because I no longer take over the kitchen. The Backyard Pods team was terrific with a helpful approach.”
If you’re looking for space to create your work-from-home office, craft or art pursuits, hobbies, or simply need some extra accommodation then an affordable, practical backyard pod is an ideal structural choice. Backyard Pods will coordinate your pod kit options and delivery logistics, and can often help owner-builders to find installers in their local area or professionals to help with documentation and compliance if requested. You can start with options for your structural solution and get in touch with us today.
For more info about ‘Jerky King’ check out Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/beefjerkyking/
Please note that if you’re thinking of doing a project like the self-managed project above, you should research local Council guidelines and other legislation online for preliminary information and seek advice specific to your property, zoning, location, and intended use by asking local Council and any other consenting authorities relevant to your project.
Our customer advises that this project cost around $9,000 to complete. This total included the Backyard Pod Kit 3m x 3m, installation by a local tradesperson, interior fit-out, commercial plumbing requirements such as a grease trap, and compliance with regulations including Council approval and commercial food certification.