What is a Yurt?
The Pacific Yurt is a modern adaptation of the ancient shelter used by Central Asian nomads for centuries. The compact shape of the yurt and combination of lightweight members in tension and compression mean that the structure is highly efficient in maximizing strength while minimizing the use of materials. The Pacific Yurt is a lightweight, low-cost, state-of-the-art version that retains the sense of wholeness of the ancient form while delivering the structural integrity, longevity and low maintenance demanded by modern users. Though generally classified as a tent, the yurt is much stronger and weathertight. The Pacific Yurt is a circular structure that consists of a durable fabric cover, tension band and a wood frame that includes a lattice wall, radial rafters, central compression ring and a framed door. "There aren't many places where you can sleep this comfortably and still see the stars." - James H., Wyoming Typically set upon wood platforms supported by simple post-and-beam systems, Pacific Yurts have minimal impact on the surrounding soils and, though durable, can be removed without a trace. Their flexibility allows them to be used in a wide variety of applications, from simple cabins to fully furnished retreats, complete with plumbing and electricity.
Below are a few tips for keeping your beautiful Pacific Yurt looking good and lasting longer. Keeping your yurt clean and well maintained will not only keep it looking good. Both top and side covers should be cleaned at least twice a year with a mild soap and warm water.
Cleaning the top cover An accumulation of dirt or soiling can create an ideal environment for bacteria to grow and cause staining of the fabric. If mildew is ever found growing on the cover. It is important that this be removed regularly to maintain the appearance and longevity of the fabric. it should be removed with soap and water. In areas where tree sap and leaves are a problem. We have found this to be the least aggressive to the fabric. Be sure to protect the top cover with a blanket or cardboard before attaching a rope or strong cord to the dome and sliding it down off the roof to someone at the perimeter who can „catch‟ it and carefully set it to the side. A swimming pool brush with an extension handle would be a good investment for this purpose. but also provide increased longevity. Recommendations for cleaning include hand scrubbing with a soft bristle brush using a ladder around the lower perimeter areas and using the dome opening for access to the top areas.Spring Maintenance Spring is here and the landscape is coming alive with color. This is the ideal time for yurt owners to do a little maintenance. it may be necessary to clean the yurt more often. In the event the top or
If the fabric of your top or side cover has become stiff. Pricing information can be found on our website. If the side cover has any horizontal wrinkles. Having a nice tight side cover will improve aesthetics. The exterior of the door & door frame should be re-coated with a cedar semi-transparent stain (or equivalent) every year. If done regularly this requires minimal effort and keeps the beautiful appearance of the wood door. The screws at the bottom of the side cover can then be reinstalled. The door handle should be lubricated regularly with graphite or Teflon based lubricant. reduce wind noise and provide a better seal against air infiltration. it can be repaired with a patch kit available from Pacific Yurts.side cover ever becomes torn or punctured. If the side cover has any vertical wrinkles this means that it should be pulled tighter around the circumference of the yurt.
Exterior of Rosa Lee's Yurt
. Applying a few coats of Tung oil over the door‟s finish is inexpensive and helps to protect the coating. To do this the screws at the bottom of the side cover should be removed and any excess fabric pulled toward the door. Replacement covers are available from Pacific Yurts. Check to make sure the top cover valance cord is pulled tight and secured to the door frame. You can contact our customer service representatives by email or by calling 1-800-944-0240. brittle or tears easily the cover is likely at or near the end of its usable life. it can be smoothed out by simply tightening the cord that connects the top and side covers. where it can be moved around the door sticker and resecured.
Rosa Lee's Yurt Interior
. Then I headed to the local building and zoning department to see if I could actually get permits to build a yurt. He told me that his son Shaun was just starting out in the construction business and he might be able to help me with this project. I wanted to build a new home but wasn‟t sure that I wanted to be obligated with a big mortgage during my retirement years. With their approval. I wanted a large gourmet kitchen as I love to cook. First I did a lot of research and decided that Pacific Yurts was the best yurt on the market. I‟ve always lived my life a little on the adventurous side and when it came to finally building the home of my dreams it was no surprise to my family that I had decided to build a yurt instead. Fortunately Shaun was able to share my vision for the yurt and he quickly became the most valuable person working with me to complete my dream. I also wanted a loft for an extra sleeping space and of course I had to have a bathroom and laundry area.I found myself in my early fifties divorced and by myself for sixteen years with the children grown and on their own. I had already been busy clearing a place in the woods for my yurt and had a very good friend with earth moving equipment that helped me prepare the site. I found that I could get all this inside that 30‟ yurt and so after much research I placed my order with Pacific Yurts. I then visited another 30‟ Pacific Yurt and started laying out strings on the floor to see if all I wanted would actually fit inside the yurt. I wanted an office as I worked from home and I wanted a nice living room with a big screen HDTV. Believe it or not. I wanted a king size bed so that my five small grandchildren could all sleep with me so I needed a bedroom large enough to accommodate it. I had seen a yurt in Idaho several years earlier and liked the feel of it so began to consider the possibilities of building my dream home inside a yurt instead of a traditional house.
The next day Stephanie. The following day we ourselves sat back amazed that the yurt had gone up so easily. Ron. a tile worker.
Rosa's Pacific Yurt kitchen
. We used 2×6 tongue and groove flooring so that when the yurt was finished the flooring could be sanded and stained for hard wood floors. an electrician. Everyone that came out to help me was excited to work on such an interesting project. a heating and air man. Eight hours later we had the complete yurt structure up. a cabinet maker. We worked about 10 hours that day and at the end of the day the covers were all on the yurt. Now it was time for Shaun to come back and work his magic in creating the floor plan with the interior walls that I had drawn out. It was such a pleasure to work with Pacific Yurts staff as they helped during the complete building process and they were able to answer all of our questions and give us ideas on how to make everything work. Adam. I called on three other friends to see if they would help. Melissa. Everything that Shaun built had to be free standing as nothing could be attached to the yurt structure. Shaun drove by that evening to see how we were doing and he was amazed that we had been able to set it all up so quickly. We started on a Friday morning with Melva reading the directions and me. Hurly and Roger doing the work.Our first step was to build the 30 foot round platform. Shortly after the platform was finished my yurt arrived. People came from everywhere to see what was going on and I had become known as the Yurt Lady. I contracted a plumber. and a stone mason during the next four months to complete my yurt. Billy and Linda (family and friends) all arrived to help finish the installation. Todd. Missy.
He too was quite the adventurer and had been Alaska‟s business man of the year with businesses in both Alaska and Australia.
The Custom Curve™ Glass Window System We are proud of the long list of innovations over our 33-year history of building the highest quality modern yurts. A good friend of mine had met a man on a different team and she was talking to him about me. At the yurt. She lives in a yurt. And although neither of us had planned on a relationship we are now married and presently living in the yurt.”
Rosa's wedding Although William came over to see the yurt. what he found was the woman of his dreams. William and I both have large homes but it is in the yurt where we are happiest.I had also recently joined an APA league and was playing pool on a team. and a world traveler. William and I are now building a cob oven. her adventurous girlfriend. “Yes. “I thought you would know. From reflective
. We will also be going to the British Virgin Isles in October where we will charter our own sailing yacht to continue adventuring together. Recognizing our similar adventurous spirits. so now you just have to meet my friend Rosa. He immediately answered. He was a pilot. Judy said. it‟s a Mongolian style tent” as he had seen them in Alaska. Judy asked him if he knew what a yurt was. a scuba diver.
The design utilizes a Low-E thermal glass window for maximum energy efficiency. We are pleased to introduce our latest.
Exterior of our new Custom Curve Glass Window System Beyond the visual appeal and thermal benefits.the Custom Curve™ Glass Window System. Many of these innovations were developed in response to customer requests for options that would enhance their yurt experience. and integrates a fabric flange into the window system to assure a weather-tight seal. Custom Curve™ is the first window whose beautiful structurally engineered wood framework follows the curved wall of the yurt. That issue has been solved through a mixture of ingenuity and technology.insulation and French doors to heavy-duty snow and wind upgrades. and sometimes that means customers place the yurt atop a tall platform or on a steep mountain slope. the most tangible advantage of the new window system is that it can be
. One of the many benefits that yurts offer is their flexibility to be used in a wide variety of locations. and one of our most exciting innovations to date. It thereby avoids the “flat panel” appearance of other systems and creates the most aesthetically appealing and versatile window available in a yurt today. Since the standard yurt window opens from the outside we wanted to give these customers an easy option for opening any hard to reach windows without a wrap-around deck. we have introduced most of the features that have made yurts tremendously popular in a variety of settings and applications.
. wood panels or window treatments for a personalized look. Our new window system can be installed virtually anywhere along the wall of our three largest yurt sizes (20′. It can be ordered with a new yurt or retrofitted to an existing Pacific Yurt. The Custom Curve™ window system ranks among the best of our innovations over the years and we have been very pleased with the feedback we‟ve received. we invite you to join our many satisfied customers.opened from inside. thereby enhancing the view. By engineering the window‟s top quality Douglas fir framework into the yurt design we have been able to eliminate the lattice framing that crisscrosses through the standard yurt window. and easily lends itself to customization with shelving. Our commitment to continued innovation is one way of expressing our gratitude to all of our customers who provide us with the opportunity to make a living doing what we love – making yurts. If you don‟t already own a beautiful Pacific Yurt. 24′ & 30′).