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The Glide Pod offers simply stunning accommodation both visually and functionally. Fitting neatly in to many gardens it offers enough space to be practical for a large number of uses. Despite itâ€™s ample size in many cases we may even be able to install a Glide Pod in your garden without the need for planning permission.
In the United States the average size of new single family homes grew from 1,780 square feet (165 m2) in 1978 to 2,479 square feet (230.3 m2) in 2007, and to 2,662 square feet (247.3 m2) in 2013, despite a decrease in the size of the average family. Reasons for this include increased material wealth and prestige.
The small house movement is a return to houses of less than 1,000 square feet (93 m2). Frequently the distinction is made between small (between 400 square feet (37 m2) and 1,000 square feet (93 m2)), and tiny houses (less than 400 square feet (37 m2)), with some as small as 80 square feet (7.4 m2). Sarah Susanka has been credited with starting the recent countermovement toward smaller houses when she published The Not So Big House (1997). Earlier pioneers include Lloyd Kahn, author of Shelter (1973) and Lester Walker, author of â€³Tiny Housesâ€³ (1987). Henry David Thoreau, and the publication of his book "Walden" is also quoted as early inspiration.
In addition to the quality features of our other smaller pods the Glide Pod also features a sliding louvered screen. Whether you desire privacy for your garden office or solar shading for a gym studio, this feature makes the Glide Pod a popular design.
The external decked area has soft down lighting provided by external recessed spotlights and sufficient space within the pod to incorporate shower room facilities and a mini kitchen, all of which Pod Space can include in the construction. For additional space the dimensions can be increased so you can make the most of the available area in your garden or commercial grounds. The Glide pod features the following...
Western Red Cedar cladding
Colour matched feature-cladding boards
Contemporary privacy screen
Digitally controlled underfloor heating
1 x full height window
1 x sliding glazed door
Durable zinc coated guttering and drainpipe
Canopy with exterior spotlights
Optional additional features
All of our pods can be customized to your individual requirements so if the existing position of windows and doors don't quite suit your site we can alter them to make the best use of the light and views. We can even design a completely bespoke Pod to the exact dimensions and layout that you have in mind. If you want something completely different the pod space experienced design team are happy to discuss your requirements.
Zoning regulations pose more of a challenge than building codes. Many cities and counties have minimum size requirements of 1,000 square feet or more for construction of a new home on its own land. The specific minimum will be determined by your zone. For example, in Manatee County, Florida, new houses in zone R1 must be at least 1500 square feet, but in zones R2 & R3 only 800 square feet. In contrast, in Sarasota County, Florida, there is no minimum house size. Call your local Zoning or Planning Department to find out what the minimum is for your land.
If a tiny home on its own land isn't possible, explore building your tiny house as an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) or granny flat in the backyard of an existing home. Here's a handy guide on How to Build a Tiny House (ADU), written by The United Way in Brevard, NC. While the information is specific to Brevard, much of it would also be applicable to other states. Be sure to check zoning in your neighborhood as only some areas allow ADUs.
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