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All our work is done with care and attention to accuracy and detail.


Our yurts are built with the highest quality construction grade lumber we can find, and is all SFI-certified (Sustainable Forestry Initiative) at minimum. We use non-toxic finishes and adhesives as well as plywood sheathing that has no formaldehyde in the glue. We recycle and/or reuse almost all of our "waste". Our shop is a clean and healthy space - we want the same for you.

Set-up of our yurts on your pre-built foundation/floor is relatively simple and straight forward. With the help of a friend or two it can be achieved for the most part in a just a few days for the smaller yurts. The larger yurts will take between 3-7 days to set up not counting installing the ceiling and ceiling insulation.


The Roof System

The rafters are select structural grade Douglas fir lumber, with larger/deeper rafters available if you need more insulation or have a higher roof snow load capacity need.

The central compression ring is laminated of multiple layers of Douglas fir lumber doweled and glued together with waterproof glue and sealed with linseed oil. Rafters are pinned and bolted to the compression ring and bolt to the top plates of the walls. The rafter cable(s) hold the rafters in firmly in tension with the compression ring.

The eaves, made of Inland Red Cedar are screwed to the rafters, and bird blocking (Douglas Fir) are secured between the rafters. The metal roof is 24 gauge galvanized steel and is secured to the roof structure with roofing screws and bolts. The crown of the roof is finished with the skylight that is an operable thermal cast acrylic unit, mounted in an anodized aluminum frame.

The Walls

The walls are framed with 2x6 lumber. The framed walls are sheathed with a 1/2" plywood shear panel, then covered with a drain plane type vapor barrier and sided with 1x6 tongue and groove western red cedar siding. Prior to installing the vinyl windows a window wrap is installed with a drain pan to protect against moisture damage to the window frame..

During the yurt set up process the walls are screwed to each other and secured to the floor. A cable then wraps the tops of the walls securing them together into an integral unit.

Code Requirements & Engineered Plans

Each aspect of a building is an associated part of the whole structure and requires engineering to meet the wind, snow and seismic loads present at the location it will be built. Most jurisdictions require a set of engineered plans in order to obtain a building permit. These plans include the  design elements specific to your project - foundation, floor system, walls, roof, loft, decks, porches, additions, and interior walls. Creating a set of plans require the services of a designer/draftsman to help with the design and create the architectural drawings and an engineer to do a structural analysis prior to submitting the plans to the building department for a permit. This complete set of plans and the structural study are not included in the cost of the yurt package and are the responsibility of the purchaser to obtain.
Smiling Woods Yurts works with highly qualified design and engineering team that are very familiar with our structures. We will assist you in connecting with our associates and guide you through this process. 
In instances when an engineered study is not needed to acquire a permit, Smiling Woods Yurts orders the needed engineering for each wall and roof system we build to ensure they are built to handle the loads present at your site. This basic engineering is solely for the components we build for you and are exclusive of the elements that make up a complete study as mentioned above including the foundation/floor system. This minimal engineering is not  adequate for permitting when an engineered set of plans is required.


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