The end of the re-beginning of the Yurt for now

If you’re new to this series this is a segment of a long story about how we bought a yurt.  It was ravaged by our climate and started to die.  After some deliberation we decided it should be reborn in papercrete.  Check out the links for the back story.  Up to speed?  Great.  Moving on….

When we last left the yurt the walls were built and there was a start at getting a roof designed and constructed.  My sister Heidi had been instrumental in getting enthusiasm going for the project again.  We think she was ready to stay in a guest house instead of on the couch when she came to visit.

Phase 3

Heidi ended up coming out to visit again in August with her fiancé Alan.  (I guess she really doesn’t like the couch!  We borrowed a camper from Mommy Sha & Nino for them to stay in.)  Alan is a builder too and was enthused about helping with the project so after a couple of days of sightseeing it was time to get back to work.

The poor rafter support ring that Heidi and I had built in May had warped as it sat out in the weather.  It was clear that it wasn’t going to be stout enough for the job so the first step was to reinforce it with a 2 x 4 hexagon underneath.  I wasn’t really happy with my notching technique for attaching the rafters so Alan came up with an ingenious solution using metal brackets.

We put in two very long days and got the entire roof framed and covered.  It was exhausting and exhilarating to get so much progress done on the project.  As Heidi and Alan left I promised that I would get some weather proofing on the roof so that all our effort wouldn’t be in vain.

Phase 4

I actually kept that promise and put a layer of underlayment on the roof right away.  The underlayment as you might have guessed from its name goes under the final roof layer.  It is a reasonable weather barrier for now but needs to be covered at some point.

Molly and I started to put a final asphalt roofing layer on but the two rolls that I had bought months ago for the  job didn’t go very far and it was twice as expensive as I had remembered so for now the underlayment will have to do.  We put the skylight back up on top,  installed a chimney for a future woodstove and then the building season ended again.

The yurt is finally weatherproof but far from finished, electrical lines need to be run, the interior ceiling, walls and floor need to be completed and of course the actual yurt needs to be put up again.  Those, however, are all projects for another day.


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  1. Doglover1918
    Posted February 5, 2012 at 9:19 am | Permalink


  2. JAR
    Posted February 5, 2012 at 10:11 am | Permalink

    Wowza!! You are sooo creative…love it!

  3. TygerCub
    Posted February 6, 2012 at 4:29 am | Permalink

    What a fabulous job you guys did.  The roof looks strong, well built, and perfect on those walls.   Thanks for the wonderful update.

    • Posted February 7, 2012 at 6:10 am | Permalink

      I’m really happy with how it’s coming along. Can’t wait to move in.

  4. Rick Navarrete'
    Posted February 6, 2012 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    Impressive workmanship…sorry I didn’t get to see it when I visited…have a wonderful day, guys…

    • Posted February 7, 2012 at 6:12 am | Permalink

      We’ll give you the tour next time you’re here. (Don’t worry, it’s brief)

  5. Eileen
    Posted February 6, 2012 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    Very cool project.  Can’t wait to see the next phase!

  6. Mike's Mom
    Posted February 6, 2012 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    You’re going to have the classiest guest house in the whole southwest!  The flamingo seems eager to move right in — or was that a pink stork, in honor of Alan and Heidi’s baby?

    • Posted February 7, 2012 at 6:14 am | Permalink

      Bob’s just a traveling companion of Alan.

  7. Posted February 7, 2012 at 7:46 am | Permalink

    It’s funny where this purchase has taken you. One opportunity is placed in front of you, you took it, and now it’s becoming a permanent fixture. Love the pics. Power tools!

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