Frequently Asked Questions
How long does a yurt last?
The aluminum and bamboo construction of our yurts gives them lifetime warranty as long as proper and regular maintenance is observed. The fabric covers of our yurts are very durable and can last anywhere up to ten or fifteen years..
How secure is a yurt?
Although the yurt’s fabric outside may look like it couldn’t stop an intruder a yurt is actually just as safe as a regular home. The outside fabric is very thick and can stop most penetrating objects. Under the canvas cover in every Yurt Store yurt is insulation felt followed by an aluminum and bamboo frame which is where the real security of the yurt comes from. With the possibility of installing a normal lock or deadbolt combined with the yurt’s frame and insulation truly make a yurt as safe as a regular home.
How do you install the yurt?
Many of our customers choose to set up the yurt themselves. We do suggest enlisting the help of a local contractor if you do not feel comfortable with doing this yourself or if you want to build rooms or instal a loft inside the yurt. We do provide an installation manual and are here should you need our help. Installation time can take from a day to a week or two depending on size and what you decide to build your yurt on. Any indoor extra installation such as partitions, walls and lofts will also affect construction time.
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Can you air condition a yurt?
Our yurts can be kept cool simply by opening a window or by installing a ceiling fan just below the roof cover to help with the natural convection cooling of the platform itself. There are also a multitude of ways to cool the yurt using more modern air-conditioning methods. A thru-wall air conditioning unit can be installed with the help of a carpenter or contractor. If the yurt is built on top of a platform air conditioning ducts can also be run underneath the yurt and vents can be installed in the flooring to allow for cooling similar to that found in many normal homes.
How do you heat a yurt?
A Yurt Store yurt can be heated through many methods commonly found in regular homes. Central heating can be installed if the yurt is built on top of a raised platform by running air ducts underneath the yurt and then installing vents into the floor of the yurt. This creates a heating system common in most American homes.
The yurt can also be heated using any number of stoves or including but not limited to wood stoves, pellet stoves, or propane stoves. Although our yurts make it extremely easy to run a chimney through the center we do recommend that you run your chimney through the side of the yurt in order to minimize soot debris on the roof cover, make the chimney more accessible for maintenance, and to keep an open floor plan by removing the stove as the centerpiece of the yurt.
Every Yurt Store yurt also comes standard with 4 layer insulation that will help keep the heat you create from escaping the home. Further heat retention can be created by building the yurt on a platform that is retrofitted with insulation
Can a yurt have electricity?
Electricity is commonly installed into the yurt by running wiring through the floor of the yurt allowing for outlets to be made flush with the ground. Short support posts can also be created to raise the outlets out of the floor and make them more accessible and similar to regular homes. If the yurt is being retrofitted with walls inside to create rooms then the electrical wiring can be run through the walls to create regular electrical outlets like the ones found in most homes.
How do you add lighting inside the yurt?
Almost any type of lighting can be installed in a Yurt Store yurt along with hanging lights thanks to our reinforced roofing which can hold over 1000 pounds!
Can the yurt have plumbing?
Plumbing can be easily added to a yurt by running it through the floor of the yurt. Furthermore if indoor walls will be added to the construction to create rooms the plumbing can be built inside the walls creating an experience similar to most regular homes.
What do I use as a floor for the yurt?
Yurts should be constructed onto a strong platform that is at least as big as the yurt itself. A raised platform is a great idea if you plan on installing plumbing or wiring into your yurt since it creates space to run pipes and wires into your yurt. We do recommend that most people employ a local licensed contractor or carpenter for this part of the construction process in order to insure a strong base for your new yurt home.
Can interior walls be installed?
Interior walls or partitions can be constructed to create rooms inside of your yurt. We do recommend that you hire a local licensed contractor to create a floor plan and help with the construction of the walls. Walls should be self sufficient and not reliant on the yurt frame for stability but can be attached after construction for appearances. Walls should definitely be anchored to the floor to create a more stable construction.
Can I add a bathroom to the inside of the yurt?
A bathroom can be created inside our larger yurts using separately installed walls or partitions. Although it is possible to install a bathroom inside all of our yurts we do not recommend it for most small sized yurts due to square footage constraints. If you have purchased a smaller square footage yurt and would still like to have a bathroom directly attached to your new yurt home we suggest constructing an addition room to the outside of your yurt. If you decide to do so we suggest you contact a local licensed contractor to help come up with a design.
The plumbing of the bathroom can easily be brought up through the floor if the yurt was built on a raised platform. Venting can also be installed into the yurt frame using the help of a licensed contractor or carpenter.
How do I add a kitchen to my yurt?
A dedicated kitchen space can be added in most yurts by installing a few cabinets/counters along with a mini fridge and a stove and stove-top that is oftentimes used in sailboats. If you have purchased a larger square footage yurt walls can be used to create a room in which to construct a kitchen that is similar to those found in most regular homes.
Floating cabinets can be installed into the partition walls but it is not recommended that they are built into the frame of the yurt. Plumbing and electrical wiring can be brought up into the partition walls as well.
Can I build a loft in my yurt?
Lofts are a tiny home’s best friend and can easily be constructed inside one of our yurts. Lofts should be created as freestanding structures and anchored to the floor of the yurt. The space created above the loft can be used to build a room or to leave open for a lofted bedroom like the ones found in some NYC studio apartments.
The space under the lofted room can be used to create a bathroom or a kitchen. With some of our larger yurts like the Hemingway the lofted space can take the shape of a second floor as long as the structure remains free standing and does not rely on the frame for support. We do recommend that if you do not have much carpentry skill that you consult or employ a contractor to help you with this addition.
Can yurts be connected?
Some yurt owners have in the past decided to connect yurts in order to create a larger home. This can be done by creating “hallway” or wam connection between two yurts. Another option is to connect the frames of two yurts together but this may require some professional help in order to make sure that the integrity of the structure is not compromised.