Interior Design by St James Whitting

FuturePOD construction  NJO Building

Tiling by Five Dock Tiling & Bathroom Renovations 

Joinery construction by  Zarrella Kitchens

Photography by Marian Riabic

Are you looking for extra space at your house? Somewhere for you to work from home, exercise, play music, create artwork, or a place for the kids to study? A St James Whitting FuturePOD is a great investment for your property, which will add value to your home as well as for your family. Under 20m2 no council approval is required in New South Wales*. All our designs meet strict BCA requirements and we can design other sizes and designs to suit individual needs. The FuturePOD embraces sustainable and eco-friendly interior and building design to ensure that our projects are of the highest environmental quality providing spaces that not only look good but are also healthy for their occupants, and good for our planet. Featuring the St James Whitting curated furniture selections from SATARA Australia and One World Collection your FuturePOD celebrates signature style and sustainable design solutions.

Fully Transformable Interior

We know that your home needs to be flexible and accomodating. We have made the SJW FuturePOD interior completely tranformable with the integration of  the Italian made Dotto Wall Bed – the DOTTO is a large two person study desk by day and with one easy movement allows you to pull down a bed ready for use without moving any objects from the desk –  so that your FuturePOD looks great no matter who pops over at the last minute. With SJW, you tell us your needs, and we make sure that the FuturePOD meets them for you.

Pebble Coffee Tables

The Pebble coffee tables feature a curved top with Nordic style tapered legs. Available in two sizes (Medium & Large) and a range of finishes. Can be ordered in all Natural Oak or Natural Oak with a Formica insert in either Black, White or Yellow. Mix and match colours and sizes for a unique look. The Pebble tables look great when you combine the large and medium tables together. Suitable for indoor use, in both residential and commercial spaces.

GBS317 Kitchen Stool

GBS317-bar-stool-black sourced by Kate St James and Catherine Whitting, selected for its form follows function aesthetic. The Scandic kitchen stool features an oak frame with an upholstered seat. Available in either black or white PU Upholstery. Textured linen upholstery can be arranged upon request. Can be ordered in either a kitchen seat height of 66cm or a bar seat height of 75cm. Includes stainless foot guard.

Jayde Sofa on Caster Wheels

Contact Kate St James and Catherine Whitting to design your own FuturePOD interior that you can WorkIN, PlayIN, CreateIN!

Sustainable timber linings, UBIQ cladding, VOC FREE paint & LED lighting

Our timber of choice is paulownia from , which is a sustainably grown and harvested hardwood that’s incredibly light, dimensionally stable and easy to work with. Our suppliers have innovated Australia’s first no-VOC UV-cured coating to produce the Satin UV Range of lining board colours, then introduced a lanolin-enriched oil-based stain . The interior and exterior UBIQ cladding and deck is painted in Resene VOC FREE products.


St James Whitting will customise the FuturePOD to your site, orientation and functional needs. There are four unique designs available to modify.
Trademark in progress.


Featuring sustainable internal and external materials that are durable and healthy to live with. Painted in Resene VOC FREE Paint.

Fast and Council Excempt*

A fast an efficient construction by our preffered builders that can be council excempt * in NSW. See below for details – conditions apply


LiveIN – relax and restore
WorkIN –  small business to guest room ( as pictured)
StayIN – overnight guests
CreateIN – studio space

Customised interiors that tranform day to night

The FuturePOD interiors are custom designed to your needs and tranform in function and form from day to night, including a fully rotational smart TV that you can view from the two person desk, consulting lounge or outdoor spa.

Fully sustainable materials

At StJamesWhitting we believe that all interiors should enhance the health and wellbeing of our clients and we specify and use only the most environmentally sustainable, eco-friendly products and practices.

The FuturePOD embraces sustainable and eco-friendly interior and building design to ensure that our projects are of the highest environmental quality providing spaces that not only look good but are also healthy  for their occupants, and good for our planet. All our FuturePOD suppliers are selected for the material properties, design aesthetics and affordable price point to ensure that all FuturePODS provide a better environment to live in.

SJW FuturePOD (TM pending)

Exempt Developments
NSW Legislation website
SJW FuturePOD (TM pending)  – Exempt Developments

Council exemptions are available in NSW – *conditions apply

Can I use an exempt structure as a granny flat or secondary dwelling?

No. The exempt development code states that the development must not be habitable. This means that it cannot be used as a granny flat or secondary dwelling.  If you require a habitable structure, contact us to find out more

Can I use an exempt structure as a bathroom, laundry toilet or other room?

The exempt development code states that the development must not be habitable, with the term habitable room being defined in Part 1, Division 1, Clause 1.5 of the NSW code as a room used for normal domestic activities, other than a bathroom, laundry, toilet, pantry, walk in wardrobe, hallway, lobby, clothes drying room or other space of a specialised nature that is not occupied frequently or for extended periods.

This means that bathrooms and laundries are not classified as habitable rooms.


In New South Wales, many types of minor building projects do not require Council approval or accredited certification. This is called an exempt development.

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An Exempt Development is a low-impact development. Providing your building project meets specific development standards, approval from your Council is not required.

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Although most properties in NSW and ACT are eligible for exempt development, some land is specifically excluded from exempt development provisions. Most NSW properties details can be checked using the NSW Planning Portal or by purchasing a ‘Section 149 planning certificate’ from your local council. If in doubt about your property’s eligibility, contact your local council or planning authority to ascertain what size shed or cabana you can put in as exempt development.

What FuturePOD can I put in as Exempt Development?

Although our FuturePODs are designed to be fully portable they are also carefully designed and engineered to meet the Building Code of Australia (BCA) construction requirements for exempt development in NSW.

There are also some property specific standards that must be complied with. Some examples of these conditions are:

floor area not exceeding 20m²

900mm setback from boundaries on residential zoned land

no more than 3m above existing ground level

no more than two such developments per lot

be located at least 1m from any registered easement

Please visit NSW Legislation website for full list of conditions.

What if my property or application doesn’t comply with exempt development requirements?

Some properties or applications require specific approvals and solutions. We can custom design solutions to solve your extra space requirements from small projects, renovations, new homes and multi-res developments; all with a focus on eco-friendly, sustainable design. 

Where can I find the full list of exempt development standards?

The standards you must comply with for exempt development works are set out in the exempt development legislation for your state or territory. The full policy and list of standards for your state or territory can be viewed here at the following links:

NSW Legislation website


Email us to design and plan your own garden FuturePOD...

Architecturally designed to minimise cost and wastage the FuturePOD takes advantage of your site and location ensuring energy savings, cross ventilation, natural lighting and access. The eco interiors created by Kate St James and Catherine Whitting feature transforming joinery and space saving functional furniture that provides stylish storage needs. Every design is as unique and individual as our clients.

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