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BecomingArt 10-01-2014 04:02 PM

A family yurt adventure
 
Hi everyone, glad to be here.
I have been learning a lot from this forum and I finally have something to share. My name is Lisa, my husband and I are building a 24' yurt with our 4 boys this fall. We will be moving into it gradually over the winter into next spring. It is our plan to start a good sized homestead on some property we own about an hour away . A yurt seemed like the right way to make the transition from city to country since we only have weekends to work up there.

We are building the khana, the rafters with support studs, platform, deck, windows, door and insulation ourselves while Laurel Nest will provide us with a cover, the roof ring and dome.

So far, everything is working out pretty well. We finally have the platform to the point it has flooring. Now we need to sand and stain the floor and finish sanding and staining the khana. The parts from Laurel Nest should be here in about 2 weeks. Then we will set it all up!

I admit, I'm a little nervous about staying warm and fitting 6 people into a 24' yurt but it's also very exciting to do something new. We live in snow country and I'm not a stranger to power outages and waist high snow, but my kids are ;)

I added photos of some of our work in my album if you care to look:

Yurt Forum - A Yurt Community - BecomingArt's Album: 24' yurt

Bob Rowlands 10-01-2014 06:04 PM

Re: A family yurt adventure
 
If you live in snow country you'll need insulation. A basic cover without insulation just isn't gonna cut it when it is below freezing. My 16' yurt is uninsulated, and drafty, and it doesn't hold heat at all during the winter here in CO.

BecomingArt 10-01-2014 06:53 PM

Re: A family yurt adventure
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Bob Rowlands (Post 4163)
If you live in snow country you'll need insulation. A basic cover without insulation just isn't gonna cut it when it is below freezing. My 16' yurt is uninsulated, and drafty, and it doesn't hold heat at all during the winter here in CO.

Definitely. We are planning on using the denim insulation for the roof and floorings, and some type of reflective insulation/ felt combo for the walls.

Bob Rowlands 10-01-2014 11:10 PM

Re: A family yurt adventure
 
Good. The more insulation the better. BTW, if you are wondering about what size wood stove to buy, my suggestion is to buy the biggest model they make. Forget the 'will heat XXX ft.' rating. That's for a house. My dinky little 'fireplace insert' style airtight wood stove -about 1.5 cu. ft. - is rated to heat at least the living room in a regular stick frame house. In fact, it won't effectively warm the yurt when it is below freezing unless it is fully stoked and running wide open.

Good job on the platform. Good luck.


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