Mike Feddersen wrote:I guess for me it was never about staying away from manmade materials, the off-gassing of vinyl has me concerned though, but I tarped a lot of loads so I think that would be negated.
I have dreamed of creating a yurt, ger, round house, call it what you want.
For the sides, I have wanted to find a manufacturer of cow bale feeders to make an extra large one. But I also like how steel scaffolding goes together and have dreamed of putting a curve to this type of a design. But I like portability, so I was thinking curved pvc pipe.
Lots of ideas, but time and motivation.
Olga Booker wrote:Hi Ben,
Glad to hear that you are in Arizona and that all this damp, wet stuff won't be an issue for you.
I don't think having the yurt in a barn would be so nice. Personally, I think they are so beautiful that they have to stand alone (or with a couple of sisters!). Mine was near a stream, in a little spot protected from the winds and I never got tired of seeing it nestled in its little corner of green - dare I say it - heaven. Some years the rain was worse than others,
Building your yurt is fabulous, you will have such a tremendous sense of achievement. One of our friends built his own and we all got together to help put it up. They had 3 kids and they lived happily until the children became teenagers. The need for private space became quite an issue. Even in a small flat, there is always a time when you can close a bedroom or bathroom door for a while. He got around the problem by making an opening in the lattice work and built an adjoining smaller room with benders.
It's a good thing for you that the by-laws of Arizona are what they are. In France, yurt dwelling in certain areas has become very popular and of course the government is trying hard to refuse their permanent or semi permanent installation. Being considered temporary accommodations, they had to be moved every so often, so most of us moved them by about a metre and waited for the next 3 months to see what happened. In some villages, they got fed up and gave up hassling. I don't know if they changed the laws to stop this loophole.
I had a solar panel, connected to an old truck battery and that was sufficient for lights and charging phone and tablet.
I forgot to mention that snakes also quite often found shelter in the yurt. In France, not a big problem, we have only 2 main snakes: a short but very fast viper (venomous) and a long, slow, lazy couleuvre (non venomous grass snake), only impressive by its size sometimes.
The mosquito netting is not just for mosquitoes, but also for flies, wasps, hornets, horse flies and any type of flying critters that can make life a nuisance.
So, here goes, keep us posted with the building, I'd love to see the finished product.
Jay Angler wrote:The yurt set up on a friend's property has the reciprocal roof. I would say the reciprocal roof is not as convenient for a structure that is going to be moved. It was moved once and they weren't as careful as they needed to be about labeling parts and taking pictures, and it took two tries to get it up. That said, frequent practice would help.
Mike Feddersen wrote:I also was thinking of reciprocal roundhouse roofs.