I’m going to TRY to keep y’all up to date on the progress (its slow, I know) of the yurt addition I am adding here at the JuicyMaters homestead. I keep trying to remember to take pictures of everything as I add the bedroom/yurt to what was the entire yurt home until I married a gal named Cindy and her daughter, Sarah, but sometimes I forget.
A note here on the room in a yurt. Its great for one person, and its great for two, and it might even be great for a couple with a baby, but for two adults and a teenage girl 706 square feet of open floor plan just doesn’t cut it.
Anyway, here’s a look at where I am so far. Remember, this is a one man project, and it is being done between 8 and 12 feet off the ground, so 1). Its going kinda slow and 2). I’m having to do things in a rather…unconventional…manner. I’m having to find ways for 2 hands to do the work of 4.
The original yurt is a 30 foot yurt from Pacific Yurts that has been kitchen, living room, bedroom, and bathroom for me since 2009.
The front, straight through the house from the back doors, looks close to the ground, but is actually 4 feet off the ground. The point where it is closest to the ground is on the left side of the picture and is about 2 feet off of the ground. The drop from the french doors in back to the ground is a bit over 7 feet. If the lay of your land allows I strongly recommend building on this type of foundation as it gives a LOT of room to put systems, like water heater(s) and other “systems”, under the yurt so you will have more living space.
We are adding 2 yurts over the next two years, both as bedrooms. The first one is a 16 footer that will first be a “master bedroom, with Sarah’s bed still being in the main yurt. That is what is being built now:
Between the two yurts will be an 8×12 sunroom, with a solid wall towards the driveway and road (on the other side of the yurt from this view) and two sets of french doors, 10 feet of french doors, on the 12 foot side, this side, facing the woods.
This view shows the decking is down for the sunroom and the platform for the yurt itself is partially framed. There is one more post to add and two beam sections that will finish the perimeter of the platform.
OK, enough of a tease…hehehe…next post we’ll begin where we should…at the beginning. We’ll talk foundation.