The Original 

SJW FuturePOD (TM Pending)


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.

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.

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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