Our Yurt

In 2004, we put a yurt up on our land. The yurt is our "get away from it all" space. Many people have asked "what's a yurt?", so here are pictures to show what it is and how we assembled it.


First, we built a 20 foot diameter circular platform. The floor beams are 4" x 6" fir and the decking is 2" x 6" tongue and groove spruce. We used a floor sander to produce a smooth floor and afterwards we rolled on six coats of varnish.


















After the deck was done, David got a rental truck and picked up our yurt from the Pacific Yurts factory in Cottage Grove, Oregon.









After David drove the dissassembled yurt to our land, our friends Deborah and Ellen met us there we got started erecting the yurt. First, we unrolled the wall lattice and spread it around the periphery of the deck. Then, we attached the entry door frame to the deck and attached the lattice to it.






Next, three roof beams were used to raise the center ring and then, the rest of the roof beams were raised. All roof beams rest on a steel cable that runs around the periphery of the top of the lattice wall. With this done, we added the ceiling liner and put an insulation layer on top of this. After this, David carried the roof up a ladder through the center ring. We tried to start spreading the roof, but it stuck to the insulation. The instructions recommended using talcum powder to make it easier to move the roof, but we didn't have any, so we covered it with a tarp and gave up for the weekend.



The next weekend, we came back with our friend Nate. With his help, some scaffolding and four bottles of talcum powder, we easily got the roof in place. After returning the scaffolding, we discovered that the roof was upside down and we used two ropes to quickly flip it. With this done, we hung the outer wall from a cord running under the roof flap. Then, we attached the wall to the entry door frame and screwed the bottom of the wall to the deck's drip edge.






After several trips to the yurt, transporting furniture, we had a nice cozy space, in out of the rain and chill. The yurt has no plumbing (as per code) and all electricity is provided by extension cords connected to our disconnect box.












Anne enjoying the evening, with our neighbor's cat Frodo on the futon bed.










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