The Gazebo Gets a 21st Century Update

Summers right around the corner and, for a lot of us, that means BBQ and outdoor eating. But, rather than get one of those schlocky extendable awnings they sell on late-night TV, shelter your guests in a stylish sphere.

What's a G-Pod? This is a G-Pod. Sure it looks like something 007 would escape from Dr. No in but it's actually a prefabricated sphere constructed of laminated pine and curved, UV-tinted polycarbonate. Built by Farmers Cottage Lamps of Birmingham, England. It's available in four sizes starting between $14,000 and $30,000 . For $14k, you'll get a 7.5-foot diameter model (seats six) with a rotating base that allows the entrance to turn away from the wind or sun, as well as fold-flat furniture that converts into a bed. Thirty grand will net you a 10-foot diameter model that's more of an in-law unit than an entertainment space. It can be wired into the home's electrical and host up to 14 people.

The G-Pod is already a hit across the pond and will be available in California by the end of the month. [LA Times via Apartment Therapy]