There are a variety of reasons why joining two separate yurts might make sense. Here are just a few:
- To increase square footage
- You need to use a smaller yurt due to snow load requirements (the larger the yurt, the lower the snow load ability) but need more space than you’d get from a small yurt
- You want to increase square footage over time as your family grows or as your budget allows
- You want to join a yurt to an existing structure, like a house
- You need to add a mother-in-law apartment for an aging parent
- Decided not to build the dream house after all, as your “temporary” yurt life is now a forever plan (it happens all the time!)
- You like the layout and design of a multiple yurt sanctuary
- Designing a family compound
- You plan to use the second yurt as a bathroom
There are several different options when designing the multiple yurt layout. Will it be yurt to yurt with little or no hallway in between? Or will it have a hallway that serves as a bathroom, laundry room, mudroom, secondary entrance or flex space? There is no right or wrong – it just depends on your preference, needs and imagination. Several of our popular floor plans feature multiple yurts …
There is even an ‘open-air’ concept where the yurts connect by raised deck – weather permitting this is an excellent and easy option.
As we like to say, “if you can dream it, you can build it!”
The hardest part of connecting two or more yurts is planning ahead. You don’t have to do it right away, but it makes sense to put a second or third door in the main yurt when you place your order. Perhaps you live in that for a couple of years until you’re ready to add yurt #2. Then a couple of years later, as the family or individual needs grow, you add a third.
The lovely woman who I designed the floor plan for the above pictured yurts deliberately spaced apart the exact length, and the following year built the connector. Some folks build the connector first, live in it temporarily, and then add the yurts.
One thing to note here; we do not offer any “kit” for doing this. In fact, all we have are suggestions and photos of what other yurt dwellers have done. This is one of the many reasons why I highly recommend that you utilize the assistance of one of the many professionals who install Rainier Yurt products for a living. They know how to construct a clean, weather tight connector that will be not only functional – but beautiful.