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Editor’s Note: This article appeared as a blog post from Cottage Grove, Ore.-based Pacific Yurts. 

In our 40 years of building yurts exclusively, we have found that some of our potential customers are concerned about the idea of setting up a yurt on their own. We completely understand! Yurts are unique, which can be wonderful when it comes to design and location options; but, their uniqueness can also be a little intimidating.

It’s easy to see all of the beams and lattice work and find yourself wondering if perhaps an engineering degree might be required. Please allow us to put your mind at ease. Setting up a yurt is very straightforward. And, with the easy-to-use instructions that come with every Pacific Yurt kit, the steps are clearly laid out. Here are the major milestones to setting up a yurt: 

Yurt Planning – Location, Location, Location

The first thing to do when yurt planning is choosing an area that will work for setting up a yurt. You will need a clearing wide enough for the size of the yurt and the space you desire around it. (Check out our easy-to-use Yurt 3D Builder to explore yurt sizes.) Ideally, you would want a spot protected from high winds, away from overhanging tree limbs that could cause damage in a storm, and one where the yurt would get morning sun but afternoon shade.

Your location will also need good enough road access to either have the yurt delivered on site or to have it brought in your own truck or trailer from the delivery point. You may need to make some phone calls to local utility companies to ask about water, sewer, and power options if you will not be off grid. You’ll also need to explore the building codes in your area as they can vary from place to place. You can find what to expect with shipping and what you need to know on our website. And, keep in mind, we are only a phone call or email away if you have questions.

To Hire or Not to Hire?

The yurt platform is the one part of the yurt that you’ll need to build yourself or contract out. And, it’s best if the platform is in place before the yurt is delivered. We provide suggested platform plans for every size yurt, so this too is made clear.

The platform of the yurt is the least portable part of a yurt, but this depends on the materials used when constructing the platform. Many people simply have the platform built on site, because they don’t intend to move their yurt from that point. Yurt platforms can be made of any number of materials, from poured concrete to wood.

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