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THE NEXT GENERATION OF LUXURY YURTS

What happens when you combine the latest engineering principles, ingenuity, and 50 years of experience providing the most enduring fabric building systems, with a dedicated team based in Colorado that shares an affinity and love for the great outdoors?

You get a new style of luxury yurts from WeatherPort® Shelter Systems! Our modern custom yurts combine the time-tested concept of a Mongolian “ger” (yurt) with the latest engineering principles and manufacturing methods to produce a building solution that will outlast and outperform all other yurts and yurt cabin kits on the market. No other yurt manufacturer produces a building system capable of withstanding the same wind and snow loads as our yurt structures. It’s an advanced frame of mind – the world’s first and only steel-framed yurt!

Campground and resort owners seeking to provide guests with a unique experience and individuals wanting the ability to connect with their surroundings and leave behind their daily routines will find the WeatherPort yurt the perfect vacation retreat or home away from home.

Get started by contacting us to discuss making your dreams of owning or living in a custom yurt a reality! A friendly WeatherPort building specialist will gladly answer your questions and help you design a luxury yurt! Call us at (970) 399-5909 or click the button below to request a free consultation!

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THE MOST MODERN YURT NOW AVAILABLE FROM WEATHERPORT

When we set out to design a modern yurt capable of meeting specific wind and snow loads for safety, while combining the advanced features and award-winning benefits people love about WeatherPort structures, we had no idea how popular our steel frame yurt would be! The response has been amazing, to say the least!

Our yurts have been used around the world for the following:

  • KOA Campgrounds (WeatherPort is an official vendor!)
  • Private Cabins or Vacation Homes
  • Tiny Homes, Tiny Living, and Off-Grid Living
  • Wilderness Resorts and Eco-Adventure Tours
  • Rental Shops and Luxury Guest Accommodations for Ski Resorts & Lodges
  • Fishing, Hunting, and Guide Outfitting Camps

Our modern and luxury yurts for sale offer a clear-span interior, maximizing the use of interior space. And unlike metal yurt kits that claim to be “yurts” but are just a hexagon-shaped metal building with a metal roof, luxury yurts for sale from WeatherPort maintain the sense and feel of yurt living, while providing modern-day conveniences and safety features. No yurt cabin kits or metal yurt kits can compare!

DESIGN THE YURT OF YOUR DREAMS!

We offer a large selection of yurt sizes and customizable features to make your WeatherPort yurt truly one of a kind! The WeatherPort yurt is available in the following sizes:

Yurt Loft System

Have lofty ideas? Our engineers and designers have been hard at work developing a loft system that integrates beautifully with the WeatherPort yurt structure, turning your one-story yurt into a two-story retreat! When not in use, simply fold up the ladder with the hinged ladder system. You’ll find the increased living space is perfect for tiny home living or off-grid living, while reducing the overall footprint of your luxury yurt!

Windows & Doors

Gone are the olden days of wood lattice obstructing your beautiful and expansive views. WeatherPort yurts rely on the engineering of our high-strength steel frame system, giving our customers the ability to custom-design a yurt with a large assortment of window and door options. We use energy-efficient sliding glass windows to increase natural light and ventilation. Enjoy the painting-like view of the changing leaves over a hot cup of coffee on those chilly fall mornings from the safety and comfort of your WeatherPort yurt! For more rustic yurt applications, we also offer our clear fabric windows!

Venting Dome Skylight

Enjoy natural light with our 36-inch acrylic dome skylight with an actuator, which allows hot air to escape out of the top and cooler air to enter through windows and doors on the sidewalls.

Insulation Systems

Planning to keep your yurt up year-round or use it seasonally during the winter? Create a comfortable yurt living space with WeatherPort’s proprietary EnerLayer™ insulation system, capable of meeting any R-value to reduce heating and cooling costs.

Lighting & Electrical Systems

We understand our customers’ needs when it comes to setting up a yurt in a beautiful and remote location. In such cases, there may not be an electrician readily available, so we have designed many plug-and-play lighting and electrical systems that do not require hiring an electrician. These systems are designed to work perfectly with your WeatherPort yurt. Be sure to ask about our energy-efficient LED lighting options!

Choose Your Yurt Fabric Colors

Whether you want your luxury yurt to blend in with the beauty of the environment and its surroundings or stand out and be noticed, WeatherPort offers a large assortment of standard fabric colors to choose from. Select a single solid color or specify multiple colors and tell us what pattern would make your WeatherPort yurt the perfect retreat!

Powder Coating Color Choices

Luxury yurts from WeatherPort come standard with powder-coated frames for added protection against corrosion, as well as for aesthetics. The default powder coating color is gray. This color compliments the white interior liner, directing your attention to expansive views outside or colorful decorations inside your yurt. Should you wish to choose a different powder coating color, we offer the following colors:

Our fabrics are UV-stabilized; will not rot; are mold-, mildew-, and flame-resistant; exceed California’s Code of Regulations (CCR) for membrane structures codes; and will provide decades of use and protection from harsh and extreme weather! We have customers that have used their original architectural membranes for more than 30 years!

Yurt Frequently Asked Questions

Yurt Basics

What is a yurt? What is the difference between a yurt and a ger?

A yurt is a portable, round structure covered in a fabric material. Yurts trace their origin back to nomadic Mongolian tribes, who used what they called “gers” as portable homes that they could easily carry with them from one place to the next. While much of the Mongolian population still uses traditional gers to this day, yurts have also found numerous other applications throughout the rest of the world.

What is a yurt used for?

Yurts were originally used as portable housing for the nomadic tribes of Mongolia. Today, yurts are used widely for camping and glamping, tiny homes, and many other unique applications. Versatile and durable structures with easy assembly, yurts can serve just about any purpose you can think up!

What is a yurt made out of?

Traditional yurts were made out of wooden lattice frames covered with felt for insulation and then waterproof canvas. While most modern yurts continue to be made out of wood, WeatherPort yurt frames are made of high-strength steel and covered with long-lasting  tensioned fabric membranes. Check out our blog post on Wood vs. Steel for Yurt Construction to learn more.

How long do yurts last?

A yurt’s life span depends on the quality of construction and materials, the level of care and maintenance, and the location’s climate. WeatherPort yurts are engineered for durability and longevity for decades of use and are virtually maintenance-free once set up.

Are yurts portable?

Most yurts are portable, but check with the yurt manufacturer for information about shipping and setup — some yurts may technically be portable, but relocation may be costly or difficult. WeatherPort yurts are lightweight and pack small for low-cube (and low-cost) shipping, and are easy to set up, disassemble, and relocate.

How do you set up a yurt?

The steps to set up a yurt will depend on the type of yurt you purchase. Steel-framed yurts from WeatherPort are typically assembled in the following order:

  1. Assemble and securely anchor the yurt’s base frame for safety.
  2. Install the uprights.
  3. Install curved header sections, creating a ring on top of the uprights.
  4. Install lateral braces between the uprights.
  5. Assemble and install the top arch sections.
  6. Assemble and install the window frames.
  7. Install the dome assembly at the top of the WeatherPort yurt.
  8. Install and tension the fabric membrane.
  9. Install the windows, door frame assembly, and the entry door.
  10. Install the insulation and liner systems (optional).
  11. Install the awning above the entry door.
  12. Add the moulding around the door and base frame.  

Please refer to your WeatherPort yurt manual for specific steps and instructions to properly assemble your steel-framed yurt!

How long does it take to set up a yurt?

Most yurt companies claim that their yurts are easy to set up, but difficulty levels still vary widely. Look for specific information about setup requirements to get an idea of setup difficulty. For example, WeatherPort yurts save you time because they don’t require the construction of a platform, as they’re designed to work with alternative anchoring options so that you can safely anchor your yurt directly into level ground.

What is the average cost of a yurt?

There is no “average” cost of yurt, as yurts vary in price depending on the manufacturer you go with, the type and size of yurt, and additions such as window and door packages, plumbing, electricity, and so on. While the overall concept may be similar, differences in quality and capabilities create a wide range of yurt pricing. 

Steel-framed yurts from WeatherPort offer many cost-saving benefits, such as minimal foundation requirements, fewer logistical expenses for transportation, shorter construction times, and minimal tool and equipment requirements for construction. They are also engineered to withstand the specific wind and snow loads of your particular area. Feel free to contact us for more information about designing a yurt, to discuss customization options, and to get a quote for a yurt!

What is it like living in a yurt?

Because of yurts’ endless customization options and ability for relocation, yurt life is whatever you make of it, but many people embrace yurt living as a way to connect with nature without completely “roughing it.” Additional benefits of living in a yurt may include a more simple, less hectic lifestyle and fewer expenses. For more information, read our blogs on Yurts as Tiny Homes and Yurt and Tiny House Living Tips From Experts.

Heating, Cooling, Electricity, and Plumbing for Yurts

How do you heat and cool a yurt?

Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems can be added to most yurts, including WeatherPort yurts, to create a comfortable living space for year-round enjoyment. WeatherPort yurts also come with venting dome skylights that allow hot air to escape out the top and cooler air to enter through the windows and doors. Pay special attention to window and door placement when designing your yurt, as this can affect the natural cooling and heating of your yurt. For example, place windows in sunny locations to promote a warmer indoor temperature and in shady locations to promote a cooler indoor temperature, and locate the door away from typical wind directions.

How are yurts insulated?

Insulating a yurt varies from one manufacturer to the next. WeatherPort yurts utilize our state-of-the-art EnerLayer™ insulation and liner system to maintain a consistent temperature, minimize energy usage, and reduce heating and cooling costs. The EnerLayer insulation system creates a radiant barrier that reflects outdoor heat rather than absorbing it and prevents indoor heat from escaping, so it helps retain warm air indoors when it’s cold out and cool air indoors when it’s hot out. For more information, read Behind the Design: Yurts & Insulation Systems for Extreme Climates.

Can lighting and electricity be installed in a yurt?

Yes, lighting and electricity can be installed in a yurt. While an electrician is often required to make these additions, WeatherPort yurts come with optional plug-and-play lighting and electrical systems in 50 Hz and 60 Hz to enable you to install the electricity yourself and save time and money. Energy-efficient LED lighting options are also available.

Can you add plumbing to a yurt?

Yes, it is possible to add plumbing to a yurt as long as the yurt site has access to a septic or sewer system. This would require installing pipes underneath the yurt that come up through the yurt floor on one end and connect to the septic or sewer system on the other end.

Do yurts have bathrooms?

Yurts generally don’t come with bathrooms preinstalled, but bathrooms can be added to yurts as long as the yurt is set up with the appropriate plumbing infrastructure. If you’d like your yurt to have a bathroom, you can place two yurts next to each other to create separate spaces (with or without a connected corridor), or use interior walls to divide your yurt space. If you plan to install a kitchen, consider placing the bathroom on the other side of the wall, so that they can share a single water source.

Codes and Regulations for Yurts

Can a yurt be a permanent home?

Yurts can be equipped with everything that’s required to make them permanent, livable homes. For example, WeatherPort yurts can be equipped with plumbing, lighting and electrical, insulation, and HVAC systems. However, whether or not it is legally permitted to make a yurt your permanent home depends on the building codes in your area of residence. See “Do yurts have to meet building codes? Do I need a permit to build a yurt?” above for more information.

Can I legally live in a yurt?

Whether or not you can legally live in a yurt depends on the building code requirements in your state or county. Many counties consider yurts as temporary structures and limit how long you are able to legally stay in a yurt. However, this is not true across the board and many people have found success living in a yurt, especially in remote, out-of-the-way locations.

Be sure to check with your local building or planning department.

Do yurts have to meet building codes? Do I need a permit to build a yurt?

Whether or not you will need a building permit to build a yurt depends on numerous factors, including the yurt size, the intended use, and the location. Because building code requirements vary by state, yurts are sometimes classified as temporary structures, and sometimes as semi-permanent or permanent structures. Likewise, yurts may be considered recreational structures, studios, or auxiliary buildings. Depending on your location, your yurt may also have to meet specific requirements for fire safety, wind speed, seismic rating, and snow load. 

Speak with your local building or planning official for information on building codes in your area, and then contact us. At WeatherPort, we engineer and design our yurts to meet your exact specifications for ground conditions, performance needs, and wind and snow loads, as well International Building Code (IBC) standards for safety.

Can you keep a yurt up all year?

WeatherPort yurts can be assembled and used year-round, as they’re engineered to meet any specified wind and snow loads and can be equipped with insulation and HVAC systems to promote a comfortable interior temperature. Our tensioned fabric membranes are UV-stabilized and engineered to have a higher resistance to abrasion, will not rot, and are mold- and mildew-resistant.

However, you should check with your local building or planning official to see if any permits are required to leave your yurt up year-round.

Yurt Care and Maintenance

How do you clean a yurt?

Once set up, a steel-framed yurt from WeatherPort is virtually maintenance-free. To keep your WeatherPort yurt looking good, we recommend cleaning the exterior fabric with a mild soap and water. A soft brush (like you would use to wash your vehicle) will gently clean dirt, leaves, and other debris off the fabric. Do not use any solvents, cleaners, degreasers, or abrasives on the building, as they can damage the fabric.

Are yurts waterproof? Do yurts get moldy?

A yurt’s ability to provide a waterproof interior and resist mold growth depends on the types of materials the yurt is made of. The high-strength and galvanized steel frames used for WeatherPort yurts come with optional powder coating that provides an additional level of protection against humidity and corrosion. The tensioned fabric membranes used for WeatherPort yurts are mold- and mildew-resistant and will not rot. Ground skirts around the base of WeatherPort yurts guide water, snow, dirt, and debris away from yurt. WeatherPort offers vector-proof flooring systems that create a “sealed” interior environment, perfect for keeping out rodents, snakes, insects, and the intrusion of water.

What maintenance does a yurt require?

Unlike a wood yurt or a metal yurt, a WeatherPort yurt is virtually maintenance-free, reducing the need for expensive and ongoing maintenance and upkeep.

Let’s work together and design the ultimate luxury yurt! A friendly WeatherPort building specialist will guide you through every step of the design process to create the yurt of your dreams! Contact us today by calling (970) 399-5909 or clicking the button below to request a free consultation!

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WEATHERPORT YURT SPECIFICATIONS

  • Yurt Dimensions:
    DiameterPeakEave
    12′10.8′8′
    18′12.9′9′
    20′13.5′9′
    24′14′9′
    30′15.1′9′
  • Engineered to meet the specific wind and snow loads of your location
  • 36″ acrylic dome skylight with actuator
  • Powder-coated steel frame
  • 36″ w x 80″ h personal door with window and covered awning
  • 24″ w x 48” h sliding glass windows with screens
  • Cover & liner set, kedered
  • EnerlayerTM insulation, kedered (optional)
  • Loft with ¾” finished wood decking and hinged ladder system (optional)
  • Flooring systems and decking (optional)

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Rely on our unmatched experience in providing engineered fabric buildings and luxury yurts to more than 65 countries! We have successfully served thousands of customers worldwide, custom-designing yurts and fabric buildings to meet their specific building requirements.

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