Walls can be built to define areas within your yurt. Interior walls should be freestanding structures, and not attached 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.
Our wall height of 7’2″ enables lofts in even our smaller yurts. In 16′ and 20′ yurts, 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.
Bathrooms and Kitchens
Many customers choose to partition off a section of their yurt for a bathroom. The kitchen can be located on the opposite side of this stud wall so the water source can be shared. Venting is most often directed through the yurt wall. Plumbing lines are generally brought up through the floor.
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.
Occasionally yurt owners will choose to put their bathroom in a second attached or detached yurt or even in a separate wood frame structure.
Electrical lines and plumbing can be run to any location under your yurt and brought up through the floor.
Heating and Cooling
Heating a yurt is most often accomplished with a wood or gas stove vented through the yurt wall. Radiant in-floor heating is becoming popular and is an efficient, even way to heat the yurt. Upgrading to an insulation package will vastly improve efficiency in your yurt.
There are ways to keep your yurt cool in warmer weather. Perhaps most important is providing good ventilation with careful window and door placement and adding a Euro-dome Lifter to your yurt. 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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Below are some examples of what other people have done with their own yurt interiors. Enjoy.