The world of prefab has a new entrant with G-Pod, a prefab sphere designed as a living or entertainment space for backyard gardens. The G-Pod is designed and produced by Farmers Cottage Lamps in Birmingham, England, and it premiered at the Chelsea Flower Show in Britain last year. For the U.S. market, the G-Pod will be transported by the UK firm Leisure Shelters and distributed through Mars Lab in Redondo Beach beginning in late May.
There are four types of G-Pod. The $14,000 Lounger and Seater models are 7.5 feet in diameter. They rotate, so the entrance can be shifted to capture sun, shade or wind. The waterproof interior contains seating for at least six and a height-adjustable table. The furniture can be flattened into a full circle and covered with the cushions to make a bed. A snap-on cover closes the entrance.
The $30,000 Diner and Summer House models are 10 feet in diameter and stationary. They can be wired for electricity and equipped with solar panels. The Diner and Summer House seats up to 14 people and is made in custom colors.
All four models are made from laminated pine with UV-protected, polycarbonate tinted windows. Assembly is required and is not included in the price.
-- Susan Carpenter
Photos, from top: G-Pod Seater and G-Pod Summer House. Credit: Leisure Shelters