This yurt as it was originally erected in the Cerbat Mountains, between Kingman and Golden Valley.
Yurts are a real alternative to contemporary building techniques, in this day and age of going green and alternative ideas. Yurts provide an excellent alternative to traditional construction. People are looking beyond wood, cement brick and stone to alternative materials and construction techniques. Increasingly, people find yurts to be the quick answers for quick and affordable homes.
Yurt homes are a throwback to the past. More than two thousand years ago, nomadic tribes of Asia developed the Yurt into a durable shelter that traveled well. To this day, the Yurt remains one of the strongest and most efficient outdoor living structures ever devised. Yurts can be used as temporary or permanent buildings. Shaped like a dome, a yurt is a unique building that sits nicely nestled into nature.
Yurts are an excellent alternative to homes that are low impact and environmentally friendly. Yurts are sold on the idea that almost anyone can afford a yurt as opposed to a traditional home. A yurt does not have to be moved around, unless one uses it for camping. The Yurt can be equipped with a small stove for heating and cooking purposes. The yurt can be scaled to incorporate every member of the family, and can be furnished with the type of furniture you find comfortable. In addition, yurts are flexible in size and height.
With its circular design and spacious interior, the yurt encourages both social activity and quiet contemplation. Wire it, heat it and plumb it just like a traditional home. Or go off the grid and live sustainable. Add a kitchen, bathroom or spa to make the Yurt a great addition to your home. Modern yurts could be just what you’re looking for!
Yurts are very versatile structures that can be used for many different things. In some cases the yurt has been considered a temporary structure, while in others it has been considered a permanent. The yurt is often classified as an auxiliary building, studio or recreational structure, not as a single-family dwelling.
Typically available in kits, the yurt home is built on a wooden foundation, and construction time is not nearly as long as traditional homes. The yurt is insulated with a bubble wrap material invented by NASA, which keeps the yurt cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Other features include lattice walls and skylights.
The compact shape of the yurt and combination of lightweight members in tension and compression mean that the structure is highly efficient in maximizing strength while minimizing the use of materials.
Why would you want to call a yurt home? Today, a yurt is essentially a round house; and a round house comes with huge benefits that range from cost effectiveness to the overall aura of the home you reside in. Economically and environmentally friendly, a round house meets more needs than you may initially think. Today's round house/yurt structures typically fall into the category of prefab home. Prefab homes are highly desirable and surprisingly easy to maintain in terms of heating and cooling. This is specific to the round house/yurt, as the smaller square footage of exterior walls results in less heat loss. The beauty of a prefab home/yurt that is the round house is that you get the have a hand in the design of your home.
Round houses are unique and certainly stand out from cookie cutter tract homes that take up room in every major city. With a round house, you connect with nature, and you take an active roll in the design process as well.
Round houses will help you to experience a naturally beautiful living area. This type of home is roomy and earthy in the way that light flows in and the overall design lets more nature in to comfort you during times when you are home.
Modern users live their Yurt because is a lightweight, low-cost building that delivers the structural integrity, longevity and low maintenance.
At one time, yurt homes were temporary structures intended for easy disassembly by the owner. This type of home can be constructed for use at a vacation site, since traditional yurts are not designed with a bathroom or kitchen. The concept is similar to “living in a one room cabin.” However, you can customize your yurt into a permanent home using the same building materials and additions. For instance, you can add yurts with enclosed walkways or breezeways to kitchens, bathrooms, and other rooms. Just like you would with any other structure, you can add plumbing and electricity. Traditional installation methods may have to be modified to maintain the integrity of the home.
Unique, affordable, environmentally friendly, and easy to set up, Yurts are an outstanding choice for a vast range of personal uses, including a guest house or studio, to a romantic getaway or vacation cabin.
Many Centeral Asian group use the yurt as a nationalistic symbol. In these areas, yurts may be used as cafés, museums (especially relating to national culture), and souvenir shops.
Also, many park systems and resorts worldwide are using Yurts as lodging in a vast range of outdoor recreation settings.
Most States in the United States adapted the International Building Code, IBC or a modified version of it.
Precision Structural Engineering Inc. has helped hundreds of our client gets the building permits for their Yurts without any headache or setback. Capacity of the Yurt for vertical loads such as dead, live and snow as well as the capacity of the Yurt to resist the lateral loads such as wind and seismic loads are calculated and submitted to the building department for approval.
Walls for the yurt can be constructed from earthbags. Refer to Earthbag construction
We would also like to thank Nabil Taha, Ralph Hall, and Dianna Fulleton from Precision Structural Engineering in Klamath Falls, OR. With their expertise and attention to detail, they provided us with the necessary drawings and engineering data that allowed us to obtain our building permit from Mohave County, AZ without a hitch! Although this may seem like a routine procedure, let us remind you that this is the first yurt in this county to be permitted. PSE is licensed in Arizona as well as a number of other states and supplied us with "wet-stamped" documentation. We strongly suggest that you visit their website at http://www.structure1.com/ to learn more about their alternative and green building projects, both commercial and residential. They can be reached by phone at (541) 850-6300.
We at PSE would like to Thank Mr. and Mrs. Tatalveih for being wonderful clients, and for providing most of the above photos.
For more clients comments please visit http://www.structure1.com/html/testimonies.htm
Also, we would like to thank Pacific Yurt for their excellent products.
Please contact us if you are considering a yurt home. We’ll be happy to discuss your expectations and determine whether a yurt home is the right option for you. Tell 541-850-6300.
Precision Structural Engineering, Inc.
250-A Main Street, Klamath Falls, OR 97601
Telephone: (541) 850-6300
Fax: (541) 850-6233