Here is part two in a two-part guest post from Fisher. (In case you missed it, click here to read part 1!)
Determined to build her dream yurt on a remote island in the San Juan Islands nestled just below Canada on the Pacific Coast in Washington State, Fisher is now sharing her yurt complete with all the amenities of home.
It has been one year since we came to Orcas Island. Pretty amazing. It has been a very busy year for me: building a road, putting up the yurt, moving in, getting utilities. I have all of the comforts of home now. We are completely moved in and settled. The wood stove is all that is left to install.
View from Crescent Beach in Eastsound.
Now that I had electricity and could build the closets, kitchen, bathroom and shelves in yurt using my power tools and no generator.
Brian installing the propane heat stove.
Here is the pump by the yurt, outside of the kitchen. The plumber connected to the bottom valve to bring running water into the yurt. That was a VERY exciting day!
And there it is. A beautiful sight.
It took three more days of plumbing to get water for my bathtub which is really a 100 gallon Rubbermaid livestock trough. It is 53″ long, 31″ tall, 25″ wide at the top. I fill it halfway and have enough water to be completely underwater (not the head, though). The most splendid bath EVER. I almost started to cry. Real bath-lovers know!
Now for the inside of the yurt. It is a bit of a challenge to put square furnishings in a round yurt. I have a living room, kitchen, bathroom, two VERY big closets (4′ x 10′ x 7′ tall), an office, a shop, a bedroom and a sitting room. They are really all in one big room, but the division is done with walls and furniture. So, here is the floor plan. The yurt is just shy of 900 square feet. It is 33 feet across. It is very cozy and homey.
This is the living room looking from the center of the yurt towards the French front doors and picture windows at the west end of the yurt. You can see a little of the table and closet in the upper right of the picture.
In the kitchen is the stove (brand new flat-top with convection oven), the counter top workspace and the big double sink. This side of the sink is a set of drawers with a cupboard for the trash and beside that is the black refrigerator.
Here is looking into the bathroom. There is a closet to the left and here you see the awesome bathtub, the composting toilet I took out of the RV and the vanity my dad gave me from upgrading his RV.
And around the corner, left of the tub, is the propane tankless water heater which produces hot water on demand from whatever is calling for it. Hot water, all of the time. The water pressure here isn’t that great. It takes 1/2 hour to fill the bathtub, but that’s OK. There is also the washer/dryer (both in one) that came out of my dad’s motor home – and it is amazing! I just hang things to dry, though. See the clothesline in the bathroom? Also one outside.
To the right of the back door is a long table (used to be a door) that I use to construct my books. Back-to-back of that table is another table (also used to be a door). That is my desk with my computer and my chair. The propane heat stove is right there (that’s my dog Molly’s favorite spot). To the left of the stove is the table that looks out over the pond. That is where I do my writing. The rocking chair is in the space I call “the sitting room.” It is a really cozy place to read.
Thanks for sharing your yurt, Fisher, and have fun writing your next books!