My Happy Home Away from Home

So many people have asked about my yurt I have finally put a page on my site to show it off and provide information. My work as an arts and crafts vendor at Renaissance Faires and other themed events has me camping quite a bit during the year. I travel 38 weekends annually and wanted to be comfortable and happy, especially as most of my events run for over a month or more. I found Wonderful Richard, the Yurt Wizard at a show in Oregon and knew this was it. The yurt packs down very flat to an easily managed size in my van even when it is full of my inventory and booth. I am a 63 year old woman and stand 5'3" and can put this up by myself in 45 minutes without tools. It then takes me a couples hours to set up my personal stuff on the inside, but that isn't much time when I am planning to live in the thing for weeks or months. I live in Southern California and my yurt paid for itself with the money I saved in gas (by staying at faire and not driving back and forth) the first time I used it at the eight week Arizona Renaissance Faire. I have gone through wind, rain, snow and blazing sun completely unscathed and cozy. I love my yurt!

A picture from Richard's site. Check out this great video he made all about yurts!

 

He and his wife are delightful people and worked with me at all levels. They even worked hard to finish my yurt so they could bring it down to me in California when they had to deliver another order to save me the shipping cost!

Richard has everything from finished yurts (like mine, I know my strengths and weaknesses, anything requiring tools is a huge weakness) to semi finished, raw kits and plans.  I have gotten so spoiled using the yurt I set it up at any show that is 3 days or longer. For me it is a perfect solution to super comfortable extended camping.

My 12 foot yurt in action next to my booth at one of the events I do. The materials are Faire-legal canvas and wood. I use this as temporary housing about a total of 5 months out of the year.

   

Yurt on it's way to being a welcome refuge after a day at faire, a place to invite friends over to cool their heels in comfort and chat. The roof at the center is a bit over 9 feet high, about 115 square ft round (does that make sense?) with 5' high walls are very comfortable. The lattice walls collapse down to 2 flat, lightweight panels and then you have a pile of roof poles, two duffle size bags for the roof/wall canvas and the roof ring. Very easy to transport.

This is what you see when you enter the yurt, standing just inside the door.  First reaction when people come in is "It's bigger on the inside!" I've added tapestries around the walls to cozy up the place. So welcoming after a long day in the booth.

   

Made these door curtains from two scarves I bought for $6. Keeps that Arizona dust out but lets air and light in. I lived at this show for two months so it was pretty domestic. I have a plastic tarp on the ground that I clamped to the sides about 8 inches high inside the yurt. After a torrential downpour there was a 4" deep mini lake one one side of the yurt, but everything was completely dry on the inside. I put those moving blankets down and then a few rugs over the tarp make it so comfy.

My little business desk. I use these fantastic folding tables and chairs from a craftsman friend of mine at http://spiderlegs.com/ . This is his lap top table and chair set.

Another friend of mine, a blacksmith, makes these great cast iron hooks to make use of the hard walls (unlike a tent) the wonderful yurt gives you. His site is http://www.brunettablacksmithing.com/.

I use a solar panel and a Duracell Powerpack 600 Battery to charge up my iPhone, iPad and speakers. Living off the grid!

   
 

 

This is the view sitting on the day bed, looking towards the door. As this was January in Arizona, the nights could get quite cold. I put a transparent umbrella over the roof ring and the little propane heater warmed it up in a jiffy. I never had to turn it on more than a hour at night and sometimes an hour in the morning. I have the marine waterproof canvas and it made great insulation and of course I have a down comforter and the hand made quilt that keeps me very warm when sleeping at night. I also have two camp chairs that fit around the ottoman table when company drops by. I took the legs off a round outdoor patio table and place that on top of the ottoman to get better use out of it.

Looking towards the left side, sitting on the daybed. The wash up - kitchen area, another spiderleg table and a handy camping stove kit. You can see the tarp edging from the floor, I have had no bugs or water inside, ever. Okay, some mosquitoes at Bristol in Wisconsin, but there is no escape from those little demons. I sprayed the comforter on the bed with bug repellent and was fine.

   
 

Just two bungees and a short board made great shelves. One must have books!

 

 

One of Paul's hooks holding the battery operated lamp to the roof rafters. The bit of leather keeps it from slipping towards the wall. I had two of these in the 12' yurt, usually only ended up using one and had plenty of light at night. Lately I have been using two Coleman battery powered lights that also have a fan attached. Great for those hot hot days that can happen at faire.

   

It's so cool to be able to attach things to the roof/walls. I slide a 3' wooden dowel, secured with some leather straps thru the roof poles and can hang all my costume, coat, spare clothes up.

A shot of the roof ring. The wooden dowel is there to bungee the umbrella to if the weather is cold or raining. I  love to see the stars at night. There is so much light during the day that comes thru the canvas, you never need a lamp and it is airy and very pleasant. All of these photos were taken in natural light around 10am on a partly cloudy day.

   

The power source, the Duracell Powerpack 600. Powers all my small electronics easily.

The power source for the Powerpack. This one small panel re-charges the battery to full every day, if the weather is sunny. It goes to 3/4s on cloudy days. As I use it in AZ and California for the most part there is rarely cloudy weather. I watch my movies on my iPad, run the banking/email business stuff on my phone, power the wireless speakers, listen to audio books, no worries.

   

I just love my yurt.

         

Set up process. Setting the yurt itself up is fast and easy, it's all my fou fou stuff inside that takes a couple hours to put together, but well worth the comfort. My next addition will be the wooden doors.