Loft and Room
Main specs for American yurt companies (organized alphabetically). Updated December 2019. Pacific Yurts declined to provide information for this website.
Yurt Company Acronym Key
|BRBlue Ridge Yurtsfirstname.lastname@example.org||(540) 745-7458|
|CYColorado Yurtemail@example.com||(800) 288-3190|
|GLGreat Lakes Yurt Cofirstname.lastname@example.org||(269) 808-3664|
|LILiving Intent Yurt Coemail@example.com||(207) 350-9457|
|NSNomad Shelterfirstname.lastname@example.org||(907) 235-0132|
|RORainier Outdooremail@example.com||(866) 483-6795|
|SDShelter Designsfirstname.lastname@example.org||(406) 721-9878|
|YAYurts of Americaemail@example.com||(317) 377-9878|
|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||—|
|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
|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||—|
|RORainier Outdoor||Doug Fir||2x6|
|SDShelter Designs||Western Tamarack (Larch)||2x6|
|YAYurts of America||Southern Yellow Pine||2x6|
|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"|
|RORainier Outdoor||Doug Fir||3/4"||7' 4"|
|SDShelter Designs||Doug Fir||7/16"||7' 2"|
|YAYurts of America||Poplar||3/4"||7'|
Thick Roof Cover
Wind & Snow Package
|BRBlue Ridge Yurts||—||—||—|
|GLGreat Lakes Yurt Co||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|LILiving Intent Yurt Co||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|YAYurts of America||—||—|
|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|
It's time to add some structure to the interior.
Design interior layout
A newly finished yurt is one massive open room. Without any additional construction inside, the kitchen would bleed into the bedroom; the bedroom would mix with the bathroom and so on. It’s an environment that can promote clutter and disorganization especially if your intent is full-time living. The best solution to this is to build interior walls that can create rooms or partition the space into separate sections. Their particular layout will depend on your individual requirements. I designed my space in 3D using SketchUp.
My final design was an interior room that would house a private bathroom. On top, there would be a circular platform accessed by a loft ladder. The lower the walls are the more headspace you will have up top. On the sides of this room, there would be a kitchen and an office space. The front would be reserved for a general living space/guest bedroom with a pullout couch.
Luckily, walls for the interior of a yurt can be built like a normal wall frame using 2x4s (2x6s for walls with plumbing). Nothing special. Thoughtful measurement and cutting is the hardest part. A pneumatic nailer will make it easy work to assemble. Raise walls and place them in the proper location. Secure walls together with nails or screws. Attach walls to the platform below with lag screws.
Create a cut list
Using your design as a guide, determine how much wood you’ll need and what size each piece will need to be. You’ll have to account for your bottom plates, studs, two top plates and any jack studs, king studs, headers and cripples for windows and doors.
As accurately as possible, cut all the lengths of wood with a miter saw. Label and number if necessary.
Lay out boards for each wall and attach together
Measuring on the top and bottom plates, mark out where each stud goes. Using a pneumatic nailer (or hammer and nails if you’re old school) assemble walls.
Position walls in place and secure
One by one, lift walls into place. Secure to the floor with lag screws. It’s best to lift walls with more than one person.
Attach 2nd top plates on all walls
The 2nd top plate overlaps with adjacent walls securing them together.
Construct platform top
A circular platform is a unique challenge. To get the round shape, I laid eight sheets of plywood in two rows next to each other. I found the center of all the plywood and drove a nail in that exact point. I tied a string line the same length as the platform’s radius to this nail. With a pencil on the end of the string, I could trace a perfect circle. The plywood was cut and each piece was transferred to the second layer of plywood for the top layer. The internal frame of the loft was constructed of 2x8s and featured a unique triple cantilever frame designed by Moda Design.
The first layer of plywood was secured on top of existing wall frames with help from an occasional temporary brace. Then came the framing and finally the top layer of plywood attached with brad nails. The exposed perimeter of the loft was covered with a thin sheet of ¼” plywood that could bend around the curve.
One More Thing
If you plan on including recessed lights or other electrical work within the frame of the loft, don't attach the top layer of plywood until your wiring is complete.
Install wall covering
Since this is a chapter about the interior walls, it would be only natural to talk about covering those walls with sheathing. However, if you plan on installing any plumbing and/or electrical, this would be the time to do it. You can’t install those things when the internals of the walls are hidden away. Skip ahead to the next two chapters to learn more about that process.
Otherwise, cover these bad boys up with your choice of sheathing. The most common sheathing is gypsum board or drywall. You’ll secure these to the walls with drywall screws and apply mud to smooth all the seams and screw holes. Sand religiously for a silky smooth surface. If there’s a possibility that your yurt will be moving at any point, sheetrock is not recommended because it is not reusable. There are reusable options like plywood, wainscotting or wood boards.
Create loft planter
Since we wanted to reduce weight and mess, we opted to create a faux-planter instead of a true planter filled with dirt and gravel. Essentially it’s made of short walls lined on the inside with plastic sheeting (to provide some water resistance. Our plants would sit in pots inside this faux-planter with pots hidden from view. Small frames made from 2x2s were created and secured to the platform in a circular fashion every 2 feet. ¼” plywood was cut to size and secured to these frames around the loft.