Thanks, everyone. I'm glad you have found the photos helpful. I really do intend to post some more pics because we have changed the yurt quite a bit, but I just have not had the time to do it. I'll let everyone know with a post when I finally do.
Originally Posted by mamacitarisa
Yurt dwelling mama i'd love to see some more pics of your yurt, did you purchase the yurt or build it yourself? I am just starting building one and in the planning gathering stage. Any advise?
We purchased our yurt from Pacific Yurts. They are an awesome company. It is quite doable to build one yourself if you have the time, and skills. See a website called http://www.yurtinfo.org
. There are a lot of resources listed regarding plans for build-it-yourself yurts.
We had zero experience when we started looking for something we could build ourselves, we knew we needed some kind of kit, and we looked at various options including geodesic domes. I had never even heard of a yurt, and then one day happened to catch a segment on HGTV. Shockingly, I met the woman who produced this segment for HGTV here on MDC (thank you boatbaby!!). After I saw that segment I was all about yurts. I knew it was for us and dh agreed.
As for advice, whew. Well, do your homework. Make a list of needs and wants. A yurt can be as grand or simple as you desire. You can live in a very simple way (almost camping) or finish the interior to have all the modern conveniences. That is what is so awesome about yurts in my opinion. They can be anything you want them to be.
If you choose a manufactured yurt, I'd go with one of the really established companies, they are Pacific Yurts
, Ranier Yurts
, and Colorado Yurts
. There are others that are reputable too, but these three have really stood the test of time. If you are considering it as a permanent dwelling you will eventually need replacement parts from your yurt company. After 8 years we replaced our windows, and one day we will need to replace our sidecover (although it is still in nearly new condition). So you really want your yurt company to be around.
We have phoned Pacific Yurts countless times, and have asked for advice on modifications, options and upgrades. I can't imagine a company having better customer service than Pacific Yurts.
I'd be happy to answer any specific questions you have.
PS: One note from above regarding geodesic domes, Pacific Domes
is a type of dome that is similar to a yurt in that it is fabric covered and built on a deck. We considered this, and I have always been intrigued by them, although I am more than happy with our choice.