What is SIPS Platform and Why Do I Want One?


If you've played around on our online pricing tool, you've probably noticed that after you choose the size of your yurt, you are given a choice under the category "Deck/Platform." The choice is between: No Deck/ I’ll build my own - or - Structural Insulated Panel Deck If you are confused … [Read more...]

Repost: Rate Your Yurt’s Fire Safety

This post was originally published in July 2014, during one of the driest, and worst wildfire seasons Washington state had seen. Summer 2015 is shaping up to be just as dry and risky for fires, if not worse! A little planning and preparation go a long way to ease your mind and keep you safe in … [Read more...]

E Is For Eagle


Rainier has been in business for almost 120 years, but we've only been blogging about our yurts for the last three! In those three years, we've compiled a huge amount of information about yurts on this blog. Still, we get questions daily that would make for great blog posts but we haven't written … [Read more...]

Rave Reviews


We love to hear from our customers! I collect the nice things Rainier customers have said about our products, and you may have read some of them on the "Testimonials" page. Rainier is committed to providing excellent customer service, and it all pays off when I get rave reviews like the one … [Read more...]

D.I.Y. Corner


Yurts are the ultimate Do-It-Yourself kit! You'll receive your yurt in a crate, with labeled hardware boxes that are numbered corresponding to our 70 page yurt manual. If you follow each step in the sequence before moving on to the next one, you'll have a successful build and be ready to enjoy … [Read more...]

Floorplans and Yurt Living


Since no two people are the same, no two yurts need to be the same. Think of a yurt as a huge canvas (pardon the pun) to express your individuality! Some people may like the open space and not want to break it up without any interior walls or barriers. Others, often out of necessity, will divide … [Read more...]

Casting Call: House Hunters Off The Grid

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Last week, Jennifer from Leopard USA contacted us to see if we know any off-the-grid-ers who are interested in being featured in a spin-off of the popular HGTV series House Hunters! We’re so glad to see this topic getting this kind of coverage. The full casting call is posted below – please pass … [Read more...]

The Rugged Raven

Yurt insulation being cut in Rainier fabric shop.

Believe it or not, yurts are like cars! Every couple of years, the leading manufacturer redesigns their models based on industry and customer feedback, trends, and new products or technology. As in the auto industry – the leader in the yurt industry is the one that has been in the game the longest … [Read more...]