Yurt FAQ

General Yurt Questions

Who installs my yurt?
Most Colorado Yurt customers enjoy the satisfaction of setting up their yurt themselves with a group of friends and family. You will receive an easy to follow instruction manual when you place your order. It takes you step by step through the setup process and lists lots of helpful tips. Phone support is also available Monday through Friday should you have questions. There are a few folks that have a contractor set their yurt up. Very often it will be the same contractor they hire to build their yurt platform. If you are within 400 miles of our shop in Montrose, Colorado we have an installation crew that can fully install or help you install your yurt. Call 800.288.3190 for details and pricing.

How long does it take to set up a yurt?
It depends on the size of the yurt and options you’ve selected. Generally speaking, once you have your platform finished, the actual yurt installation takes from less than a day to up to three days. See Prices and Sizes for more specific information on how long it takes to put up each size of yurt.

How long do yurts last?
The wooden framework of the yurt will last indefinitely. The fabric cover of the yurt will generally last eight to fifteen years depending on the severity of UV rays in your climate and the exposure of your yurt to these UV rays. Extreme moisture and humidity are also environmental elements that may need special consideration. Consult with our experienced staff to help choose the right fabric for your climate. You should consider replacing the cover of your yurt much like you would consider painting a traditional home.

How do I care for my yurt once it is up?
You may want to occasionally wash the walls and roof with a very mild soap and a garden hose. We recommend a mild detergent such as Ivory Flakes which can be found in your local grocery store. Never pressure wash the fabric cover of your yurt as this will cause irreparable damage. Especially in harsh climates, it is a good idea to recoat the outside surface of the doors every few years with a wood stain or polyurethane for protection against the weather.

Caring for your Colorado Yurt Fabric Wall

Are yurts eco-friendly?
Fabric yurts leave a very light footprint on the earth making them extremely environmentally friendly. The simple design of the yurt also requires far fewer of the earth’s resources than a traditional stick built home. Yurts are a very eco-friendly alternative for those resolved to living a more sustainable and simple lifestyle.

Will my yurt require a building permit?
Building code requirements from state to state and even community to community can vary greatly so it is best to check with your local authorities prior to your yurt purchase. If you live in a rural area, your yurt may not need to be permitted. Yurts are classifed by permitting authorities in several different ways, including as a permanent structure or a temporary structure. They may also be viewed as an out building much like a garage or storage building. The best way to start is by taking our brochure, suggested deck plans and information about snow loads and wind capacities to your local planning and zoning office. If they need more information, we can provide you with engineering data compiled by an outside, Colorado based engineering firm to confirm the strength and integrity of Colorado Yurts. In some cases the permitting office will require that the engineering data be wet stamped (certified) by an engineer from your state. We can provide this for most states in the U.S. The cost starts at $350 for Winter Stout Alpine Yurts and starts at $250 for all other yurts. In the case of building sites located outside of Colorado, it may be necessary to acquire a wet stamp from an engineer local to the site. When this is the case, coordination between our Colorado based engineer and your local engineer will be necessary. Pricing in these circumstances will be determined by the additional expenses incurred in facilitating this coordination, and by those services specifically provided by your local engineer.

Can yurts be connected together or with other structures?
Some customers choose to locate a bedroom, bathroom or office in a second yurt or other wooden structure. Attaching these to the main yurt can be as simple as building a breezeway between the two. This may also be accomplished by building a hallway between door frames of both structures.

Utilities

What about a bathroom and a kitchen in my yurt?
Many customers choose to partition off a section of their yurt for a bathroom. This can be done by studding up a wall like you would in a traditional house. The kitchen can be located on the opposite side of this stud wall, so the water source can be shared and there is a flat surface for hanging cabinets. Venting is in most cases directed through the yurt wall. Plumbing lines are generally brought up through the floor. Special care (the capacity to drain the line, wrapping it with heat tape or using a constant heat source with a thermostat) must be taken in freezing climates to protect the above ground plumbing components. Some customers utilize a composting toilet. This option is a great choice if there is no access to sewer lines. You may order a SunMar composting toilet from The Colorado Yurt Company when you order your yurt for convenient one stop shopping. Occasionally yurt owners will choose to put their bathroom in a second attached or detached yurt or even in a separate wood frame structure.

Can I install electricity?
If you have access to electricity on your property, the electrical lines can be run to any location under your yurt and brought up through the floor. Outlets and light switches may then be placed wherever convenient. If you do not have access to electricity we recommend going solar! Contact Alternative Power Enterprises for more information–they’ll set you up with everything you need, from planning through installation.

How do I heat and cool my yurt?
Heating a yurt is most often accomplished with a wood or gas stove vented through the yurt wall. It is important to know the square footage of the area you will be heating when you go to purchase your stove. Radiant in-floor heating is also becoming popular and is an efficient, even way to heat the yurt in a fairly mild climate or with a supplemental heat source such as electric baseboards or ceramic heaters. Forced air or central heating can be used by running ductwork under the floor. Upgrading to an insulation package will vastly improve efficiency for heating your yurt.

There are several things to do to keep your yurt cool in warmer weather. Perhaps two of the most important are providing good ventilation through careful window and door placement and adding a Euro-dome Lifter to your yurt. The heat will naturally rise to the dome and a Dome Lifter will allow you to open the dome slightly to allow that heat to escape. If electricity is available, you may want to install an evaporative swamp cooler, an air conditioner, or a ductless minisplit ac unit. Upgrading to an insulation package will help keep your yurt cool by reflecting the sunlight away from the yurt.

Can I live “off-the-grid” in my yurt?
Many people begin their off-the-grid life in a yurt with a composting toilet, woodstove and a few solar panels. Colorado Yurt is a distributor for Sun-Mar composting toilets. We can also help you decide what your solar needs are and make recommendations on stoves. Check out an e-news article about a customer who lives totally off the grid. It includes a great list of resources they’ve utilized.

Interiors

Can interior walls be built in my yurt?
Yes, walls can be built to section off areas within your yurt. They are framed up after the yurt is erected just like walls in a traditional house. The internal walls should not attach to the lattice yurt walls as this may effect the structural integrity of the yurt. Bathrooms and bedrooms are the areas for which walls are most often built.

Can I put a loft in my yurt?
Yurt owners sometimes build lofts in their yurts. In smaller yurts, there is generally enough headroom to create a storage loft. In 27′ and 30′ yurts, a loft can be used as a bedroom or for extra storage. The space under the loft can easily be enclosed for a bathroom or an additional bedroom. Lofts should be built as a freestanding structure and not attached to the lattice walls or rafters.

Platforms

What kind of platform or deck does my yurt require?
Your yurt is designed to be built on a circular, raised platform that is the same diameter as your yurt. The platform will have a flexible bender board attached around the outside and extending a few inches above the platform floor. The lattice walls of the yurt connect to the floor of the platform with L brackets and the fabric walls are attached to the bender board with screws. This platform may stand alone or may be placed on top of an oversized deck giving you room on the outside for sitting areas and making it easier to roll up the window flaps. Most often this platform is built from wood or recycled composite decking material such as Trex. This platform allows you the flexibility of placing your yurt on uneven terrain since the surface of the deck can be leveled by adjusting the height of the posts underneath. If your landscape is fairly level, a concrete circular platform is also an option. You are responsible for building the platform. It is not included in your yurt kit. We are happy to provide you deck plans for both a simple, circular wood platform or a circular wood platform with surrounding deck. These are especially useful in helping calculate your deck costs.

Will my yurt come with a floor?
You are responsible for the flooring in your yurt. Tongue and groove wood flooring is most often used, however other flooring materials such as tile or linoleum can be installed if a subfloor is laid first. Rigid foam insulation can be used under the yurt floor as well. If keeping the cost down is a concern, a simple plywood floor is a good option. This can be painted or stenciled to add your own special touch.

Can my yurt sit directly on the ground?
The yurt does not maintain it’s structural integrity if placed directly on the ground.

Shipping

How much will it cost to ship my yurt?
Yurt shipping costs depend on many factors including your shipping location, size of your yurt and options selected. The costs vary widely from around $600 – $1,500 in the U.S. Overseas shipments run higher. The surest way to get an idea of what your shipping costs will be, is to give us a call at 800.288.3190. We are happy to provide you with a free shipping estimate.

How long will it take to get my yurt?
Colorado Yurts are custom built. Your yurt will usually be shipped from our shop 4-8 weeks after you place your order. Time in transit may range from 2-5 days in the U.S. up to a month or more for some overseas shipments. Please call 800.288.3190 to get an accurate ship date based on our current production schedule.

How will you ship my yurt?
We generally ship yurts by freight truck. The yurt components are protected by crates which may be removed from the truck by a forklift you provide or dissasembled with a cordless screwdriver. Once the crate is disassembled, the yurt components can be removed piece by piece. It is helpful to have at least two people and a couple of cordless screwdrivers available during this process. When your yurt is shipped we provide you with tracking numbers and the phone number for the trucking terminal so you may get a better idea of your delivery time.

Can I pick my yurt up at The Colorado Yurt Company?
You may pick your yurt up at The Colorado Yurt Company providing you have an adequate vehicle to transport the yurt. We are required to collect Montrose city taxes on your yurt if you pick it up directly from us. In most cases, when all costs are considered it is less expensive if we ship the yurt to you. If you want a comparison of pick up versus shipping call 800.288.3190. We will be happy to figure the cost of both options for you.

 

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