red shelter designs yurt on a platform in flathead valley

How To Design A Yurt

Plan Your Yurt Build

It’s easy, right?! I’ll just buy a yurt and put it right up. Almost.

A big part of what we do is navigate you through the many details of site selection, county codes, insulation and heating, platform building and site prep, utilities, and finally the yurt assembly and final buildout. It’s a common misconception that yurts are “just tents”  and that little thought would go into the details. We would argue that our customers are picking an engineered, well designed yurt precisely because they want more than a tent, they want something that is designed for them and will last for many, many years. Whether it is temporary or permanent, our yurts are lovely structures to spend time in. As with any project, the more forethought that goes into the planning process, the easier the final push to completion will be.

Learn About Laying Out Your Yurt

Learn About Building Yurt Platforms

Learn About SIPS Platforms

Your Shelter Designs yurt is truly an open canvas. Whether you desire the simplicity of open floor space, or extravagance with all the amenities of a modern home, how you utilize the yurt floor space is limited only by your imagination.

Yurt design options to be carefully considered are the interior layout and placement of doors and windows around the perimeter to create access points, maximize views, cross ventilate, etc.  Where is your parking area going to be? There should be an entry door there for access. Every interior framed bed room should have an egress (36” door or 3×5 thermal pane glass window) for safety. Use our panel layout sheets to start planning your yurt’s door and window location, style, number and type. It is also a great tool to start sketching out your yurts floor plan.

From Our Customers

“We have a SD 30′ Eco yurt. We chose to have 4 glass windows, 1 french front door, baseline insulation and an operable, tinted dome. We have a wet bar, sitting area, sleeping area, and what I consider the most fancy yurt bathroom I have ever seen. We put an outdoor kitchen on our front deck. We also added a mini split unit for heating and air conditioning. As I write this it is 100 degrees and inside my yurt it is a cool 67. There is nothing off grid about our yurt…. heat, air, wifi, bigscreen t.v. We are so happy with this decision and the whole buying experience – everyone at SD yurts was very helpful. ”
The Castleberrys, California

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