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Common Questions & Answers about living in a yurt
You certainly can add a bathroom to a yurt. Freezing temperatures would be the major
concern for water pipes (wrap the pipes well). Grey water systems can easily be added for
shower and sink water. Composting toilets work great for yurt toilets. You will save a great
deal of money as well as trees if you do not have to install a septic system. If you want to
install a composting toilet it is very easy. All you do is connect the vent to the outside and
plug it in. Our yurts do not come with running water, but you could add that as well by using
rainwater via a catchment system
Can I build multiple rooms in a yurt?
You can easily build partition walls in your yurt to make separate rooms for bathroom,
bedroom, kitchen, etc. Just be careful attaching walls to your yurt. The lattice walls cannot
support wall structures. You could purchase movable panels to separate living areas.
Since some yurts come in a variety of heights you can even add a sleeping loft in the yurt for
more space. However, clustering is much easier to add additional space (see next
Can I cluster or attach yurts to each other?
Yes. Some have created yurt clusters for various uses. For example one 6 meter yurt might
be an artist studio, another as an office and a large 10 meter yurt for the home. Yurts can be
connected together by conjoining two doors into one. However this has to be done at the
time the yurt is being made and cannot be retro-fitted to existing yurts.
Are Yurts hard to furnish or decorate?
No. The curved walls have not presented a problem with adding queen sized beds, tables,
chairs, etc. Hanging pictures or wall hangings from the lattice walls sections is easy,
Carpeting making things cosy.
Is it difficult to add electricity to a yurt?
Add the wiring under the floor and run it around the perimeter. Where you need an outlet,
simply penetrate the floor with the wire and install a surface mounted outlet on the floor.
The circuit should be installed on a GFI circuit just in case water comes in contact with the
wiring and receptacles. The installation is simple.
Can I heat and cool my yurt?
Here you have a myriad of options. From wood stoves, propane heaters through to radiant
floor heating. Although if safety is your thing baseboard heaters (Hydrosil) heaters may be
best. Ceiling fans can be installed in the yurt roof's centre ring to circulate air in warmer
months. Energy efficient portable air conditioners that come with the flexible exhaust hose
can also be used in the summer to cool your yurt. And if all else fails you can use the
traditional Mongolian method of keeping your yurt cool in the summer. Raise the material
covers around your yurt 6 inches from the floor and open the crown wheel windows. This
creates a convection current of cool air entering from the bottom and hot air exiting from the
top that will keep you nice and fresh.
Can my yurt be off the grid?
Yurts can be located in remote areas away from power sources. Some yurt dwellers use
solar panels, water turbines or windmills for electricity. Others use kerosene lamps for
lighting with generators. Some composting toilets require no electricity so you can have a
bathroom in your yurt. With propane refrigerators you can even be off the grid and store food.