Yurts don’t maintain their structural integrity as well if placed directly on the ground but should be firmly attached to a circular platform of the same size of the yurt you are purchasing.
If you are building a residential yurt fixed with plumbing and electricity it’s best to elevate at least 18”-24’ providing a crawl space. Any type of appropriate timber decking material is a great option.
We recommend working with your local lumber yard to make sure the material fits the platform plans according to site conditions and code requirements. Some of our customers use Structural Insulated Panels and other similar flooring and deck material.
Using Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS) for your platform will help you build your platform faster, with fewer parts.
The main thing to remember is that you MUST put down your finished yurt interior flooring BEFORE you start to put up your yurt. The lattice sits on the finished floor and cannot be lifted up to install the floor.
I know of a small group of very skilled carpenters that devised a way to build up a false perimeter to support the lattice and put the finished floor in after the yurt was finished. This is not something you should attempt at home!
The interior flooring of your yurt should reflect your own taste and style whether that is luxurious, simple or somewhere in between.
The most common flooring is tongue and groove wood flooring, however if tile or linoleum is what you are looking for a subfloor should be laid first.
Selecting hardwood floors for your yurt can be challenging and not having extensive knowledge of their properties to better determine the most functional, versatile and enduring wood that best matches your life style. When selecting hardwood floors for your yurt it helps to have some knowledge of hardwoods to better determine the most versatile and enduring wood that matches your lifestyle.
If you’re looking for a wood floor that can withstand the wear of daily use while providing the flexibility and strength for years to come, a couple great options are American cherry, red oak, and hard maple. Other alternatives but reliable products are cork, bamboo, or rubber flooring. Cork is a natural, durable and environmentally-conscious product. It has excellent properties, is easily maintained, and is comfortable to stand on. Rubber flooring, marmoleum is a more customer earth-friendly flooring with bacterial resistant and anti-static qualities.
Carpet is another popular choice for yurt interior flooring. Berber is still a favorite. Ceramic tile is becoming more popular in the warmer regions and with radiant heat coils in the colder regions. I am waiting for the first customer to do a concrete platform with stained concrete flooring.
You will find helpful customer service at most local flooring centers that can answer your questions. The “big box” stores usually have something on sale too. Also Craigslist and Little Nickle are great sources for overstock and installation deals. Be sure to know your square footage and tell them this is a round platform – they will calculate an overage percentage because it being a round shape.
There is no right or wrong … whatever you decide to do, make it your own!
Stick to your style and budget. As always, feel free to give me a call with questions!
Happy tip-toeing, tap-dancing and “Risky-Business-sliding”!!