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 affect 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. Our wall height of 7’2” enables lofts in even the small yurts. In 16’ and 20’, there is enough headroom to create a storage loft. In 24’, 27′ and 30′ yurts, a loft can be used as a bedroom, storage or private reading nook. 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.
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.
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