As I get closer and closer to purchasing my own yurt, a common question that pops into my head is whether or not I can connect two yurts if I end up needing the extra space in the future. So, I did some research and even called some yurt-building companies. Here’s what I found.
Yurts can be connected by adjoining walls, a breezeway, a shared wall, or a greenhouse connector. The best way to connect yurts is by contacting a local contractor. You can also choose to build more than one yurt on the same platform or deck so they are not permanently connected but in close proximity.
So, now that we know the different ways to connect yurts together, how exactly can we?
5 Ways To Connect Yurts
1. Open Air
This method involves placing the yurts on the same deck or platform, creating a connected outdoor space between them.
First, build or install a deck or platform large enough to accommodate both yurts and additional open space in between. Position the yurts on the deck or platform, ensuring their doors face the open area.
You could also consider adding a pergola, shade sails, or umbrellas to provide shade and shelter from the elements in the open space. These structures can also add visual interest and create a more defined outdoor living area.
The disadvantages of this method would be the possible climate issues and not wanting to leave one yurt to get to another.
2. Adjoining Walls
This involves removing a section of the wall from each yurt and connecting them directly.
This method may require a contractor because of the risk of messing up the structural integrity of the lattice framework. Here’s a step-by-step list of how to join the walls together:
- Remove a section of the wall from each yurt. Consult the instructions provided by your yurt manufacturer for guidance on disassembling the walls.
- Align the two openings and join the lattice wall sections together using durable rope, cable ties, or metal fasteners. Make sure the connection is strong and secure to maintain the structural integrity of both yurts.
- Sew the canvas or fabric walls together, creating a strong seam between the two yurts. Use heavy-duty thread and a sewing machine or hand-sew using a strong stitch, such as a backstitch, for added durability.
- Re-attach the roof supports, ensuring a proper fit to avoid leaks and maintain structural integrity. Refer to your yurt manufacturer’s guidelines for details on reassembling roof supports.
- Weatherproof the seam by applying a waterproofing treatment or installing a weather-resistant strip along the seam. This will help prevent water intrusion and maintain a comfortable living environment.
3. Breezeway (Hallway)
This method involves creating a roofed outdoor passage between the two yurts. This could be made with a wooden or metal frame for the breezeway roof that is sturdy and weather-resistant.
First, you measure the distance between the two yurt doors to determine the size of the breezeway, considering the desired width and height for comfortable passage between the yurts then attach the breezeway roof to both yurts’ doorframes, creating a secure connection, and use brackets or hinges to secure the breezeway roof in place.
Be sure to choose a roofing material that will shelter from rain and sun, and make sure that it matches or complements the yurts’ roofs for a cohesive look.
For a finishing touch, if you’d like, you can add lattice or trellis panels along the sides of the breezeway for added privacy and wind protection.
4. Shared Wall
The shared wall method involves constructing a single wall that serves as the door between the two yurts. I like to think of this as the doors that connect rooms in hotel suites together (using one door).
To make this happen, find the desired size and shape of the shared wall then construct a wooden or metal frame for the shared wall, ensuring it is sturdy and weather-resistant, and consult a local carpenter or metalworker.
Position the yurts so that their doors face each other, with the shared wall in between, and attach the shared wall to both yurts’ doorframes, creating a secure connection.
Finally, seal any gaps or openings between the yurts and the shared wall with weatherstripping.
5. Greenhouse Connector
This is one of my favorite options because you can customize the inside of the greenhouse and grow your own plants, also making it the most aesthetically pleasing method.
Using a greenhouse connector to join two yurts involves creating a transparent or semi-transparent greenhouse structure between them.
Again, you measure the distance between the yurt doors to determine the size of the greenhouse connector, considering the desired width and height for comfortable passage and adequate space for plants or other amenities.
Pick a suitable greenhouse design that complements your yurts’ design and construct the greenhouse connector using durable materials such as polycarbonate panels, PVC pipes, or metal framing.
Lastly, position the greenhouse connector between the two yurts, ensuring the doors align with the connector’s openings, and attach the greenhouse connector to each yurt’s doorframe, creating a secure and weather-tight seal.
Why Connect Yurts?
There are many different reasons someone might want to connect yurts. If it’s just you and your partner or yourself alone, you can create a more spacious living space by adding a whole other yurt and making it the bathroom or the kitchen.
For more information on how to install a bathroom in a yurt, check out my recent post Can Yurts Have Bathrooms & Showers? (Plumbing).
Meanwhile, for growing families, this is a perfect opportunity to keep your same yurt and lifestyle but also have the chance to add more rooms in the future. You can add different-sized yurts depending on what type of room you’d like them to serve as.
Not to mention, connecting yurts can accommodate guests, providing a comfortable and welcoming environment for friends and family to visit.
Finally, connecting yurts can potentially increase their resale value and appeal to a wider range of buyers, making them a smart investment.
Extra Tips For Connecting Yurts
So you’re ready to connect your yurts, and you want some extra tips to make the process smoother, right?
Here are some suggestions to keep in mind when you’re connecting your yurts, making sure you create a comfortable and functional living space that suits your unique needs and preferences.
First things first, it’s super important to plan ahead. Before you get started, have a clear vision of how you want your connected space to look and function. Think about your lifestyle and how the new space will enhance it.
If you’re unsure about any aspect of the connection process or need help with structural modifications, reach out to yurt professionals, experienced builders, or architects who can guide you through the process and ensure a safe, successful outcome.
Energy efficiency is always a good idea, so look for ways to improve it when connecting your yurts. You can install insulation, double-glazed windows, or use passive solar design principles. This way, you’ll not only save on energy costs but also create a more comfortable living environment.
Lastly, don’t forget about your outdoor space! Connecting yurts can have an impact on the overall appearance of your landscape, so take the time to spruce it up. Incorporate landscaping elements that complement the connected yurts, such as pathways, gardens, or water features. This will create a harmonious and visually appealing environment that you’ll enjoy spending time in.