Mar 212011
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Folks who follow this blog even casually know how I feel about Pacific Yurts’ quality. I did research…a LOT of research…on yurt companies before purchasing my 30 foot Pacific Yurt in the spring of 2009. I felt my choice was a good one BFORE laying out any money for what I intended to be the last place I would ever live.

Besides the beauty and livability of my yurt, I found while dealing with the Great Christmas Tree Strike of 2009 (covered in Part 1, here, and part 2, here) that Pacific Yurts are STRONG.

Well, its happened again. I’ll be writing a post soon about the continued assaults my trees seem intent on making on my humble abode, but briefly, there has been yet another tree strike (I’m thinking of taking my chainsaw out and making a meadow out of my wooded acres).

You’ll get the details later, but since many folks are deciding NOW which yurt company to do business with this year, I thought I’d share the following email I sent to Pacific Yurts last week. It’s a direct cut-and-paste, without even formatting correction. It will tell you…yet again…just how strong a Pacific Yurt is.



—–Original Message—–

From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]]

Sent: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 1:32 PM

To: Pete Dolan

Subject: My yurt continues to amaze…

Another…yes, ANOTHER…tree strike, last Wednesday. The whole damn

place shook a LOT, and the sound was horrendous. It was about 10pm and

pouring rain along with about 45 degrees and the wind howling, so, since

there was no water coming in and nothing in the way of apparent damage

visible on immediate, cursory inspection from the inside, I decided to

wait until daytime to see how bad it was so I’d have light.


Next morning I went out to see how bad it was so I could guess how much

repair was going to cost.


You didn’t get a phone call, did you? Absolutely ZERO damage…just

some clean-up and getting the tree off the yurt.


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  10 Responses to “Need MORE evidence of Pacific Yurt quality?”

Comments (9)
  1. i am very glad that you were not hurt. no damage to the yurt is a total bonus! congratulations. (perhaps you could document all this with photographs and sworn statements. then you could give authentic copies to pacific yurts to aid those who wish to build a yurt and need help convincing the folks who make building codes.) just sayin’.

  2. all i have to say is WOW!!!

  3. That’s sorta what I said when the tree hit…except I used a bit saltier language…LOL

  4. Bob,
    So why aren’t we all living in Yurts? I mean Pacific Yurts.

  5. Um…er…because you aren’t as smart as me?…LOL

  6. My husband and I are considering a yurt. We will be off-grid and ar ready to invest in a 30′. Our climate is not extreme but we do get snowfall and occasional extreme cold (-14 below). Of course we plan on a woodstove but I am wondering how comfortable we can plan on being in our most extreme weather. I think we will go with most upgrades. I would like the skylight but it’s not available with the roof upgrade. What do you recommend as far as necessary upgrades and which upgrades are just not worth it?

    And I am likely a better cook than you! 🙂

  7. Hi ellen…glad you stopped by!

    I can’t really speak from expirience on yurt living in extreme weather…remember, I’m in climate zone 7, north Georgia, and winter lows are usually in the mid-to-upper teens…but I do know of several folks living in yurts in far colder weather, that say they are snug as a bug in a rug. Specifically I know of one family outside of Anchorage, Alaska and another yurt-liver that is in a yurt well north of Fairbanks, Alaska, and in both cases they are happy with having made the decision to live in a yurt.

    I’m with you regarding most options being more like necessities that options. I don’t remember what all of the options were when I purchased, but I do remember getting most of them and I can’t think of any I would like doing without. One option that wasn’t available in 2009 when I built mine, that I wish I had, is the curved glass window option. When weather permits I like opening the windows, and the roll up flexible windows can be a pain in the rear…especially when you are in a hurry to close them, like in a sudden afternoon rainstorm!

    Unless you live in an area with the possibility of a tremendously huge snow load and you might not be around to remove it (like a weekend cabin where the heat might be off for quite a while at the time) you might re-think the center column. While I love my yurt, yurt living IS small space living and losing space is something to avoid as much as possible…and that column right in the middle would drive me nuts. You would find yourself planning every interior layout decision around that column. Very limiting.

    I would suggest calling Pete at Pacific Yurts and talk it over with him…you may find you don’t the center column after all…and you’d be able to have the skylight…a VERY good thing.

    Keep coming back, ellen…we love our visitors!

    ps…I betcha aren’t!…LOL

  8. @ Bob:

    Thanks for the info. I will also check around to find cold-weather yurters as well. Any and all advice is greatly appreciated.

    One other question (but maybe more). We have been contemplating the foundation and what is required to make sure water doesn’t come in around the base of the yurt. What kind of foundation did you build and are you happy with the results?

    We are going with the 30′ and we are adding a few extra windows. The curved windows add nearly $900 each! That would increase the cost nearly $4500! Do you think it’s worth adding that much? We are at $22,000 already and we hoping to stay below $19,000. We have Monsoon rains but they are predictable; by afternoon it’s obvious whether or not they’re going to hit us.

    We are planning on the center column and have considered the way to utilize space with it right in the middle of our open space. I think we need the extra support but I’m not sure why. My husband is a carpenter who tends to overbuild everything, so we are getting the column.

    I ordered the brochure and fabric samples from Pacific and plan on having a few conversations with them before the ordering process. Thanks so much for your willingness to assist others!

  9. Dang…sorry I’m so slow replying…I somehow missed your comment until this morning.

    Working through your comment from the bottom up…I understand your husband’s overbuilding (I’m the same way), but at least for me, if you are going to live in the yurt full time as a residence I think getting the center column is going WAY beyond what is necessary for three reasons. First, I don’t know about other companies, but Pacific Yurts aren’t just an idea that was in someone’s head…they are engineered structures, and will carry quite a snow load. Also, since you will live there you can clear any snow you think might be excessive. Simply throw a rope over the yurt from one side to the other, pull tight, and slide it down the roof, undercutting the snow, and the snow will slide right off.

    Once in the yurt, you are going to find the most precious commodity you have is space, and I would HATE that center column unless it were absolutely necessary because you were going to be leaving the yurt empty on a regular basis in the winter.

    As for the curved windows, that was an option that was not available in 2009 when I bought my yurt. If they had been I probably would have bought them, and at this point I probably would have considered them a waste of money. I’m perfectly happy with the standard ones.

    Last…I built mine on a crawlspace foundation and I don’t think I would have it any other way. Besides liking the construction considerations, I like it that I have a 30 foot diameter space unserneath the yurt for storage, etc. My water heater is down there, as is my chest freezer and all of my tools, chainsaw, etc.

    Any more questions, feel free to ask.


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