Oct 242013

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 Plan

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 original JuicyMaters yurt from the back

 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:

 Rear view of the yurt again, this time with construction begun on yurt 2.

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.

yurt platform beginnings, and deck of connecting room

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.

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  6 Responses to “Building a house…I mean yurt…again. Getting started.”

Comments (6)
  1. So how are the local authorities viewing your yurt expansion? Are all three yurts on the same level? Did you consider stepping them down to follow the slope? Might make a nice visual.

  2. Hi Ralph…
    The local authorities pretty much ignore me. They know I’ll raise hell and know how to do it effectively.

    When done, all of the yurts will be on the same level. With my knees and other health challenges one thing I DON’T want is stairs. Multi-level would give an interesting look though.

  3. do you have any photos of your interior?

  4. Hi Alexi… Thanks for stopping by at JuicyMaters.

    Unfortunately, while I have been meaning to get some interior shots up on the blog, I haven’t, for one reason.

    I am a horrendous housekeeper. When I was single, the interior always looks like a typical bachelor residence. Since I got married at the end of 2012, with my wife, stepdaughter, and myself shoehorned in to the original yurt, the” is living hasn’t improved the housekeeping very much.

    When I get the unit that I am adding on as a bedroom finished it will be easier to show the interior without all the mess and clutter. You can look for interior pictures to start appearing somewhere around late January to early February of this year.

    Again… Thanks for stopping by, and remember…

    Keep coming back!

  5. That is class, you are a man that follows his dreams for sure.

    I have a question though. Yurts are meant for cold/coldish weather but in the sun and heat are they very uncomfortable or can you make them so that they can be kept cool?

  6. Thanks for stopping by JuicyMaters. Its always nice to have a new visitor!

    Actually, my yurt isn’t bad in the summer. A lot has to do with location…I’m in Georgia but in the Appalachain foothills of NE Georgia, where its cooler than the coastal plain of S Georgia. Plus, I buily the yurt in a wooded area so I get a lot of shade on it. Finally, on those really hot days when the sun is beating down from about 10:30am to 3pm I have a 15,000 BTU window unit air conditioner.

    I stay comfortable.


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