Recent trends in home design and renovation show a huge uptick in choices to add outdoor living spaces to all kinds of homes, including traditional homes and yurt homes. This steady growth in popularity of outdoor living spaces, sometimes called outdoor rooms, has resulted in an industry that will come close to six billion (with a B) dollars this year. Yurt owners and traditional homeowners seem to agree: Outdoor living is good for the soul.
Outdoor living spaces are created for many purposes, including reading, resting, visiting with friends, relaxing around the fire pit, playing games, cooking and sharing meals, and exercising. These spaces can be added on to any exterior side of a home and will often involve additions that help to define the function of a space, such as decking, partitions walls, rails, awnings, outdoor rugs, or weather resistant curtains. One of the benefits especially important for yurt owners is the addition of space. The living space in a yurt can be increased exponentially with the addition of yurt porches, decks, and awnings.
In this post we will provide expert tips and useful information about adding a few of these elements to your yurt.
Most of our potential customers will at some point ask themselves (and subsequently ask Google), Can a yurt have a porch? Since porches are a standard feature of traditional housing, it only makes sense to ask. The answer is, “Of course!” Yurt porches can be made from any material you would use for a traditional home’s porch.
Most of the time, it makes sense to build the decking for porch during the initial assembly of the yurt and to do so using the same materials being used for the platform, which is usually wood. However, adding a porch to a yurt after construction is also easily done.
There are numerous yurt porch design options. These range from simple stepped structures to elaborate add-ons with rails and awnings. Since porches can be completely separate (structurally) from the yurt, they can be as wide as needed and complete with traditional roof coverings, chairs, and porch swings or hammocks.
The one simple rule to keep in mind is the 5” rule, which will apply to decking as well. Porches should be built to come just under (at least 5” lower than) the floor platform. This ensures the side cover hangs below floor level to secure to the circular platform.
Decks are often added to yurts as they extend the space of the home considerably. They can be positioned to the front, side, or back of the yurt. They are often built to wrap around the yurt home entirely, to match the circular shape of the yurt and platform. Again, yurt decks need to follow the 5” rule, but beyond that, they can be built to any specifications that make sense with your family’s desires and the location chosen for your yurt.
Yurt decks can be built out to include fire pits, barbecues, pools, and sunbathing areas. Many yurt owners take advantage of the outdoor deck space for dining and entertaining in any weather that permits it.
Awnings can be added as options for both doors and windows of any Pacific Yurt model. Window awnings come with an adjustable, anodized aluminum frame to support the window flap. This creates an overhang allowing the windows to be left open for ventilation.
Door awnings, such as what would be used when adding a porch to a yurt, are a 5′ x 6′ roofing fabric welded over the door. You can add your own metal or wood frame to create a covered porch area as protection from rain or the sun’s rays. Awnings can also be custom sizes to fit with porches of various dimensions.
We hope this leaves you with a sense that when it comes to customizing the exterior of your yurt, the options are endless. Yurt living will always bring you closer to nature, but this feature can be enhanced even further with the addition of outdoor living spaces.