The wide open interior of the Pacific Yurt provides practically limitless opportunities for interior design.
While some people prefer to keep the interior of their yurt completely open and have a bathroom facility adjacent to the structure, many people will choose to partition the space instead. Interior walls can provide privacy for a bathroom, bedroom or office space within the yurt.
Partition walls are typically built after the yurt has been erected. They can be fastened to the floor and to the yurt’s wall structure, but shouldn’t be anchored to the rafters. These framed walls are a great place to install plumbing and electrical wiring. In fact, many of our customers will install the kitchen and bathroom on opposite sides of a shared partition wall so that all of the plumbing can be consolidated.
A loft can be a beautiful addition to your yurt and help maximize the living space. If you plan to build partition walls, these walls can become the structural support for a loft above, which in turn can add to the stability of those partition walls. A loft can make use of the space in the yurt’s high ceiling and could be used for additional storage or as a sleeping area. People love to be able to stargaze through the skylight as they drift off to sleep at night.
Over the years we have had customers build lofts into their yurts of all different shapes, sizes and heights. Sometimes they are basically a bed on stilts that is above an office area, or they can cover a large portion of the yurt.
Most often people will keep the loft size to about one third of the yurt interior to retain the open spacious feeling of the space.
When designing a loft your yurt you should consider incorporating a good sized overhang where the joists cantilever beyond their support framing. This can help to maximize the space on the loft while minimizing the footprint of the walls under the loft. The underside of the overhanging joists can create an opportunity for overhead storage shelves for canned goods or a place to install accent lighting.
Lofts can also offer design opportunities to make a unique and interesting interior for the yurt that will put a smile on the faces of anyone who visits. After all, everyone would like to feel like the king or queen of their own castle while enjoying the view out of the central skylight.
Every once in a while, some great press rolls along and we can’t help but share it with you! Recently we were featured in the Register-Guard in an article by Winston Ross called Yurts Endure:
COTTAGE GROVE — A few feet inside the warehouses, it smells like any other wood products manufacturing center: sawdust. But what’s neatly stacked this way and that are no ordinary two-by-fours. They’re curved.
Welcome to Pacific Yurts, a Lane County company that has been the industry leader in the yurt-making business since yurt making became a business, at least on a major scale. Which makes sense, really, because before a young college graduate named Alan Bair spotted a National Geographic article on Central Asia 40 years ago, these funny-looking round structures were the stuff of nomadic sheepherders.
Those yurts were fashioned from tree saplings strung together with a woven tension band, a central ring at the apex of the “ceiling,” and animal skins stretched around the structure to keep out the wind, rain and snow. What Bair liked was its surface-to-volume ratio, its efficient use of material, and its simplicity. He decided to build one for himself.
Fast forward to 2012, and the Cottage Grove company finds itself smartly positioned to capitalize on a bevy of trends both American and international, from the desire for inexpensive vacation housing to green recreation to downsized lifestyles to year-round camping. It’s why Pacific Yurts survived the Great Recession when another Lane County yurt maker, Mindful Living, didn’t. And it’s why Bair sees a bright future for himself and his 25 to 30 employees.
Business grew steadily via word of mouth, before Bair got his first big break. In 1994, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department bought two of his yurts to install in its campgrounds, an effort to lure lovers of the outdoors who wanted to avoid pitching their tents in the rain. The yurts were immediately popular, and profitable, which is why over the next 20 years, the parks department bought nearly 200 more yurts.
“We’ve been very impressed with how they hold up, both to different weather conditions and visitors — both of which are strong natural forces that can really test equipment,” said parks spokesman Chris Havel. “And they open up state parks to a whole new audience. It extends the camping season so it’s a year-round activity, no matter what your tolerance is for weather.”
Click over to the Register-Guard’s website to read the whole article.