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Installation Instructions

 

Instructions, Tips, and Tricks for the Process and Installation of Yurt-Life

The first step, after choosing your site and obtaining any necessary permits, is to build your deck. We provide deck plans for each yurt size that are 'permit-ready,' as well as a concrete foundation option. Download and print our deck plans here:

Glance through our gallery of deck-building shots.

Platform Construction

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Take note that adding a finished floor to your yurt is an easier (though not necessary) process when done prior to the yurt going up (far fewer detailed cuts). Doing so requires close weather-watching and pre-planning so that your yurt can go up immediately after your floor. Otherwise, the floor needs to be well-protected from the weather until it does.

Also, having a super-insulated floor is a great idea, and will help you get a higher overall R-value from your yurt. Many of our yurt customers choose to do this with SIPS panels (Super Insulated Panels). Some SIPS Tips here:

-All of the SIPS need to be splined together with OSB spline on the long edges and 2''x4'' on the short. -It is highly recommended to buy a foam scoop- which is a bend electrical heating element similar to a stove. The scoop. lets you carve out the foam so that the 2x4's can be inserted. The scoop costs ~ $135 and can be found online from a company that makes branding irons.

-To cut the curves, one option is to use a Prazi saw, which attaches to a circular saw. It costs ~$150. To make the cuts, support the whole panel at the edge, and then scribe it with a rigid compass, made by fastening a 16' piece of wood to the center of the platform with a hole drilled in it for a pencil. Take the panel and put it on saw horses to cut. (To avoid getting the foam from the SIP everywhere, you can use a shop vac right next to the running blade). Spray the blade after every 2' of cutting with silicone lube.

-the SIPS are fastened down with 6.5'' coated self-drilling screws, available on Amazon. Fasten the panels every 2' into the beams and joists. -----The floor is dead solid and suitable for a hardwood floor atop.

-The edges of the SIPS running around the platform can be blocked with a 2x4 cut at around 23'' with a 6-degree miter. This seals them up and provides a good nailing surface for the edge board.

-Where the SIPSjoin and are splined, use 1''screws every 6''

-The bottoms of the SIPS can be painted to protect from weather.

Erecting your yurt can be a fun process completed in a day with friends, focus, and fair weather. Follow these instructions carefully, and in sequential order.

Have a look at some installation photos here:

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Want help? We are happy to provide both transportation and installation options.

Delivery is $1.25 per mile.

For a $500 fee, our crew can direct and oversee setting the yurt up with several unskilled helpers you provide. We can also coordinate a crew for hands-off, turnkey installation. Most yurts are up and under cover in a day.

Please email info@blueridgeyurts.com for specifics.