FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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       1) Why choose Smiling Woods Yurts?

       2) What's the difference between a Smiling Woods Yurt and canvas yurts?

       3) What do the prices reflect on your website?

       4) What wind speed and snow load ratings are available for your structures?

       5) Can my yurt have a loft?

       6) Can yurts be connected?

       7) Can you create covered decks or additional rooms with your yurt structures?

       8) How would we add on a room?

       9) Can interior partition walls be added?

       10) Are these yurts portable?

       11) Are there any special tools needed in set up?

       12) What kind of foundation do I use for a round home?

       13) What is the best heating and cooling system for our circular home?

       14) How long does it take to set up a yurt?

       15) Will my yurt require a building permit?

       16) How soon can we get a yurt?

       17) How much does the shipping cost?

       18) How do I arrange for shipping my yurt?

       19) How should I prepare to receive my shipment?


 
    1) Why choose Smiling Woods Yurts?

  
We have been building unique homes, cabinets and furniture for over 30 years. The knowledge, experience, craftsmanship and attention to detail we bring to these homes is substantial. We care about the Earth and all its inhabitants. We will treat you with the kind of care and consideration you deserve. We are here to help you realize your dream and to help make the process as simple and straight forward as possible.

  
    2) What's the difference between a Smiling Woods Yurt and canvas yurt?


   Our homes are built with standard building materials - framing lumber, plywood, insulated glass windows, wood siding, a thermal skylight, and a metal roof. Fabric yurts are basically a tent wiht fabric walls and roof. We meet and exceed today's building codes, they do not. Our yurts can be insulated to current industry energy-efficient standards; canvas yurts use a non-proven R-value product. We have insulated glass windows; they have vinyl windows that open from the outside. We are fully insurable and banks will finance our homes. Ultimately, we are everything and more that you look for in a conventional home; canvas yurts are a nice but expensive tent.

  
    3) What do the prices reflect on your website?


   Smiling Woods Yurts complete kits are a complete, prefabricated and finished to the outside shell. This professionally prepared package comes complete with fully assembled walls and pre-cut roof components. The walls are complete to the outside with cedar siding, windows and door(s) already installed. The roof package is a simple to install component system with an opening, thermal skylight.

  

Besides these major components, we make sure that all of the trim, hardware and everything else you will need to setup this finished to the outside structure is included in your package. What you are left with to do are the site-related items and all of the systems that are necessary to complete any home. These include the foundation and floor, utilities, interior walls, plumbing, electrical, heating, cabinets, etc.


   If you are purchasing a roof kit the wall and floor construction manuals come as part of the kit.

  
    4) What wind speed and snow load ratings are available for your structures?


  All of our yurt kits have been designed and engineered to 100 m.p.h. wind with 3 second gusts wind rating, 100 p.s.f. snow load and class D-1 seismic ratings.


  The kit(s) we build for you will be designed and built to  your local site-specific requirements for snow, wind and
seismic loads. Any requirements greater than the above design ratings require special engineering.We can design for most wind, snow and seismic requirements.


We offer a designing and drafting service as well as stamped engineered plans to help you in the permitting process.

   5) Can my yurt have a loft?

   Yes. With the addition of taller walls the loft and the area below the loft will have more head room.

    6) Can yurts be connected?

   Yes they can, by using a breezeway. The use of taller walls for the yurts themselves will help create adequate headroom in the breezeway.

    7) Can you create covered decks with your yurt structures?

   Covered porches  and room additions can be as few or as many as you desire, placed anywhere around the yurt. The only limiting factor in their application is having a tall enough wall in the yurt to accommodate the additional roof pitch these areas need.

    8) How would we add on a room?

   We can help you design the addition as well as provide the roofing metal, though we do not build the components. An addition basically mirrors the outside wall of the yurt, with the outside wall of the addition growing in length proportionately the deeper the room is. Each section of  addition is trapezoidal in shape. The room can be as many wall sections wide as you like, with as many rooms inside of it as you like. You can arrange multiple wings together to form bedrooms & bathrooms, in any size, linked together. This drawing will help to explain all this.

    9) Can interior partition walls be add?

   Yes. Interior walls create the opportunity for bedrooms, bathrooms, an office etc. The yurt structure itself is integrally strong without interior walls. These walls will only add strength to the building.

    10) Are these yurts portable? 

  
The uninsulated shell can be set up and taken down relatively easily. Once the kit is set up, insulated and finished on the inside, it would require a tremedous amount of work to disassemble and reassemble. This is not recommended unless it was set up with the intial idea of moving it in mind. This would involve the forethought in floor structure design as well as all aspects of insulation and finish work.

    11) Are there any special tools needed in set up?

   Scaffolding is necessary to help in the erection of the central ring and ease in installing a ceiling. On our larger yurts a boom truck or another similar system is highly recommended to safely raise the wooden ring for the larger yurts into position. The boom truck is only needed for the short time it takes to place the ring on the ring platform.

  
    12) What kind of foundation do I use for a round home?


   Stem wall, slab-on-grade and post and pier foundations can all be used. We provide plans and directions to build all of these types of foundations in our Floor Manual. A basement can be a part of your foundation as well.

    13) What is the best heating and cooling system for our circular home?

   This depends upon your requirements, budget and climate. Anything from geothermal, solar, wood, gas furnace, electric baseboards or in-floor radiant heating can be used.

    14) How long does it take to set up a yurt?

   This wil depend on the size of the yurt. For the smaller yurts 2-3 days is adequate. For the 3 larger models the basic structure can be set up in less than a week with one experienced builder and a helper or two. If you include finishing the ceiling and insulating the roof it can take another week for this complete set up.

 
    15) Will my yurt require a building permit?

 
If you are in a location that requires permits for building, yes. There are variables as to what is permitted in every county, in every state. We can help you understand what to ask your county as far as specifics and how to approach them to get the best results. We offer engineer-stamped plans for all 50 states and for Canada.

    16) How soon can we get a yurt?

 
  Once you place an order, a purchase agreement is signed and the down payment received, you are placed on our production schedule. Depending on the backlog of orders at the time determines when we can start building your kit. In recent years we have started booking for the following year in the early Fall.

    17) How much does the shipping cost?

   Shipping varies depending on your specific location. If you let us know the town, state and zip code and the size yurt(s) you are intersted in, we can get a shipping quote for you.

    18) How do I arrange for shipping my yurt?

   We can make all the arrangements for you in most cases. If you are outside of the U.S., you will be responsible for the importing process and providing us with any information or documentation we might need to send a kit to your country.

  
    19) How should I prepare to receive my shipment?


   You will need adequate room for a semi truck and trailer to easily come to and from your site. The materials come palletized and tarped and require either a fork lift, boom-truck, or several able-bodied people to unload from the truck in a timely manner. Typically you will have one hour for this and the truck driver is not required to help. You will want to have an area cleared and a way to stack the materials
flat and off the ground. Have tarps on hand if the weather will require it.

 

 

 

 

 






 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 






 

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