Roof and Walls

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Main specs for American yurt companies (organized alphabetically). Updated December 2019. Pacific Yurts declined to provide information for this website.

Company Details

Company Location Year First Yurt Sold Tour Available?
BRBlue Ridge Yurts Floyd, VA 2004
CYColorado Yurt Montrose, CO 1980
GLGreat Lakes Yurt Co Grass Lake, MI 2017
LILiving Intent Yurt Co Grass Valley, CA 2015
NSNomad Shelter Homer, AK 1987
RORainier Outdoor Tukwila, WA 2004
SDShelter Designs Missoula, MT 2005
YAYurts of America Indianapolis, IN 1986

Yurt Info

Company Available Sizes Max Snow Load* Base Cost of 30' Base Cost of 16'
BRBlue Ridge Yurts 16', 20', 24', 30' 60 psf | 60 psf $13,047 $7,299
CYColorado Yurt 16', 20', 24', 27', 30' 15 psf | 95 psf† $12,240 $7,090
GLGreat Lakes Yurt Co 16', 20', 24', 27', 30' 75 psf | 75 psf $11,000 $5,000
LILiving Intent Yurt Co 12', 14', 16', 20' $6,000
NSNomad Shelter 12', 16', 20', 24', 30', 34', 40', 50' 60 psf | 60 psf $15,500 $8,000
RORainier Outdoor 16', 18', 21', 24', 27', 30', 33' 100 psf | 105 psf† Eagle: $18,820, Raven: $13,358 Eagle: $9,466, Raven $7,426
SDShelter Designs 12', 16', 20', 24', 27', 30', 35', 40' 40 psf | 150 psf $12,480 $6,760
YAYurts of America 12', 14', 16', 20', 30' 60 psf | 95 psf $12,000 $6,499

*(30' yurt without upgrades | 30' yurt with all upgrades), †Site specific engineering available for higher snow loads

Rafter Details

Company Wood Species Base Rafter Size for 30'
BRBlue Ridge Yurts Spruce 2x6
CYColorado Yurt Doug Fir 2x4
GLGreat Lakes Yurt Co Doug Fir 2x6
LILiving Intent Yurt Co Doug Fir
NSNomad Shelter Spruce 2x6
RORainier Outdoor Doug Fir 2x6
SDShelter Designs Western Tamarack (Larch) 2x6
YAYurts of America Southern Yellow Pine 2x6

Lattice Details

Company Wood Species Lattice Thickness Base Height of Wall
BRBlue Ridge Yurts Poplar 3/4" 7' 4"
CYColorado Yurt Doug Fir 1/2" 7' 2"
GLGreat Lakes Yurt Co Doug Fir 1/2" 7' 4"
LILiving Intent Yurt Co Bamboo 1/2" 6' 9"
NSNomad Shelter Spruce 7/8" 7'
RORainier Outdoor Doug Fir 3/4" 7' 4"
SDShelter Designs Doug Fir 7/16" 7' 2"
YAYurts of America Poplar 3/4" 7'

Available Upgrades

Thick Roof Cover
French Doors
SIP Panels
Glass Windows
Rain Diverter
Opening Dome
Tinted Dome
Water Catchment
Wind & Snow Package
10ft Walls
Swappable Walls
BRBlue Ridge Yurts
CYColorado Yurt
GLGreat Lakes Yurt Co
LILiving Intent Yurt Co
NSNomad Shelter
RORainier Outdoor
SDShelter Designs
YAYurts of America

Final Details

Company Lead Time Shipping Available Financing Available On-site Construction Services International Purchasing
BRBlue Ridge Yurts 3-4 weeks
CYColorado Yurt 5-8 weeks
GLGreat Lakes Yurt Co 6-8 weeks
LILiving Intent Yurt Co 7 weeks
NSNomad Shelter 6-12 weeks
RORainier Outdoor 3-7 weeks
SDShelter Designs 4-6 weeks
YAYurts of America 2-5 weeks

With the bones of your yurt complete, it’s time to add the final finish that will protect your yurt from the elements.

Install roof liner

Carry rolled-up liner through the center ring to the top of the roof. Roll the liner down holding onto the top. Unfold the liner until it covers half of the yurt. Pull the remaining fabric over the top of the roof to cover the remaining half. All seams should be facing up at this point. Adjust the liner to fit equally snug around the entire roof. The liner should be smooth. Secure liner in place by stapling the bottom of the liner to the rafters and the top to the ring. Use only stainless steel staples.

One More Thing

This liner does get dirty easily. It is best if placed into a large garbage bag until it is up on the roof ready to be rolled down.

Install roof insulation

If you opted to have roof insulation, this will be installed as separate layers. The insulation will come in separate sections that will be adjoined at the seams with foil tape on both sides. Best if done on a large flat surface. Once taped, fold in half, accordion-style. Bring the insulation to the roof and splay out across the entire roof. After ensuring the insulation is centered, secure in place with more staples. Repeat if you have double insulation.

Install top vinyl cover

The beast! These vinyl roof covers are heavy—especially if you choose to go for the thicker option. After folding and rolling cover into a nice, big bundle, you’ll lift to the roof via the scaffolding inside. Because of its weight, this may require 3-4 people. Unroll the fabric towards the primary door so that the red tag is centered within the door. Unfold until half of the roof is covered. Tie a rope through the cable of the cover. From the ring, pull the top half up and over to cover the other half of the roof. Adjust roof cover to be an equal height above the platform all the way around. Double-check that the red tag is centered within the primary door—this is important!

Lift and secure dome on top

Tie ropes to one side of the dome and hoist to the top. Careful not to snag your roof. The dome is fragile so handle with care. Attach with springs to the eyelets in the ring. If your dome is able to be opened you’ll need to attach the appropriate hardware to the ring’s spindle jack.

Hang interior wall and insulation panels

There is a cable embedded into the bottom of your roof cover. This is what you will hang your walls from. Using your manual as a guide, hang each section of insulation with the velcro at the top. The foil insulation should be facing outwards. Your story strip will tell you where each panel should stop and start. There should be a 4” overlap between insulation pieces.

Hang exterior vinyl panels

Once the insulation is hung, it’s time to move onto the exterior wall panels. Jib-hanks at the top of the panels will click into the roof cable. Again, your story strip will be helpful here. Once in place, zip each panel to the next one and fold the velcro over the zipper.

Attach walls to bottom cable

Snap cable into the wall’s bottom jib hanks starting clockwise from the primary door. Tie ends of the rope into a hitch-knot and pull the cable tight.

Install door frame

Remove the door frame from the outer frame. For a french door, you’ll pull the adjacent wall panels in and staple to the insides. For a normal door, hang a solid wall panel over the door and cut an X from corner to corner. Wrap the remaining wall panel in and staple. Insert the door frame back into the outer frame and shim to fit. This will be a similar process if you have any solid windows.

Cinch ropes

Like tightening the belt on a new pair of jeans, this is the final step before showing everything off to the world. Pull the roof cord tight and cinch into the roof cleat. Attach cleats to the platform according to your story strip. Tie the provided ropes from the grommets in the roof to the cleats with a hitch-knot. Repeat for each cleat location.

You have a yurt!

Congrats! You’ve got a roof over your head! Pop the champagne and enjoy. If you plan on keeping the interior of your yurt minimal, you could move in today. If you plan on outfitting your yurt with all the bells and whistles then your work has only just begun. Continue on!