How Important is Window Placement?

by Fortress Yurts on November 3, 2018


Let’s talk about windows again.  We already covered the topic of real glass windows in a yurt and why this is so important.  Now we’re going to go over where to put those windows in your custom designed yurt!

In the planning stages for your yurt, there are a few things to seriously consider regarding the placement of your windows.

First, you want to design your window placement so that you get maximum natural light where you want it most.   Also important is the size of your windows.  The general size that we like to use is 36 x 48 inches.  This size works really well with our yurt design.   You can also get 36 x 36 inch windows that work well above your sink or kitchen counter.  Another option is 36 x 60 inches.  This is a nice tall window that offers a lot of light.  (Speaking of window sizes, there are endless options, so just ask if you would like another size and we will let you know if it will work in our design.)

Next is view.  What do you want to see when you look out your windows?  This is an important consideration which affects the enjoyment of your yurt.

Last, and possibly most important is solar aspect.  Here in the mountains of Northern New Mexico we get a lot of sun year round and this can really help with heating your yurt.  We like to put big windows or French doors facing east.  That way we get a good dose of sun in the early morning.  This is great because night time is cool and so that early sun comes into the yurt and starts warming things up.  This is really helpful in every season.  We also like to have a big window or two facing south.   That way we can take advantage of the winter sun which is hanging low to the south.   We also like to have a window in the west and north, just to that we have even natural lighting in our yurts.  These can be smaller windows, as they are less important than the east and south windows.

How many windows would you like?  The answer to that is different for everyone.  Some people don’t like many windows and others like a lot of windows.  You can design your yurt any way you would like!  We have many years of yurt living experience and are glad to share our insights if you would like help with this.  There are some beautiful photos on the gallery page of our website so you can see what some of the options are.

Next blog post:  Door Placement for your Yurt.  Keep an eye on our website for this or sign up for our newsletter and we will offer some helpful advice on this!

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Are Yurts Legal?

by Fortress Yurts on April 19, 2016

30 ft. yurt in backyard

We get this question a lot.  The answer is, it depends upon where you are.  In some areas yurts are welcomed by local authorities.  In other areas yurts are not allowed.  How do you find out if yurts are legal or welcome in your area?  Fortunately we work with building engineers who confirm that our yurt design meets standards that help our customers when working with county officials.

Rural areas are sometimes easier to work with. Often in rural areas where laws are not very strict, people have set up yurts without even needing a permit.  You decide how to navigate your situation. We are glad to coach you along and help you with this.

Some urban areas are very yurt friendly also.  Some are not. It is quite easy to find out.

You start by contacting your local zoning official.  You can prepare a nice notebook with photos of yurts collected from our gallery and across the internet.  Find stories about people living in yurts and put those in your notebook.  Dress nice and take this notebook to the zoning office in your county.  This will make a good impression and start the journey on a positive note. Let the zoning official know that our yurt design is stamped by an engineer, and that we can make changes if your county has additional requirements.  Also let them know that our platform/deck design for your yurt foundation is up to code for a house!

In the past it was easy to set up yurts just about everywhere.  In the last few years we have seen that in some areas authorities want more to say about it.  Sometimes this is a hassle for new yurt owners, yet most of the time we can get through this together!  Many people tell us that counties are just looking for revenue, so you may have to pay for a permit to please them.  That’s ok, it’s not usually very much.

If you have any questions about this part of yurt ownership, give us call and we’ll be happy to talk with you!

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Introducing the Provide Your Own Windows and Doors Option

October 21, 2015

You Asked For It! We Heard You! You can now purchase your own glass windows and doors for your custom yurt!   YES!  That’s right!  It’s the same high quality, totally engineered design that we are famous for!  Now available at a much lower price. People keep asking us if they can supply their own […]

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Why Real Glass Windows

February 3, 2014

Often imitated, never duplicated!  The Fortress was the original design with real glass windows in a yurt. Why is this so important? There are many reasons, and we will cover a few of them in this post. Watch our blog for more great information about this. First of all, the clear acrylic tent windows that are sewn […]

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Affordable Off Grid Power Systems

January 21, 2014

We make yurts off the grid and would like to share some great things that we have learned.  We could have power brought in, but we chose not to do that because off grid systems give us a lot more freedom in how we choose to create power… there are many options.  Also, we never […]

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How to Stay Warm & Cozy in Your Yurt

January 7, 2014

We get a lot of questions from people who call us about the realities of staying warm in a yurt in cold climates. Reality is… YES… you can stay warm and cozy! In order to accomplish this, insulation is important. The reflective insulation used by Yurt companies is surprisingly effective. Sure surprised me when we […]

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How To Stay Cool in Your Yurt

July 16, 2013

Summer is here and many of us are enjoying very hot days.  Think of your yurt just the same as you would any other building.  If people use air conditioning in buildings in your area, you can use it in your yurt also!  If you live in an are in the dry western states where […]

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Yurt Living in Deep Snow

April 23, 2013

Yurt Living and deep snow can go hand in hand, and yet there are things that need to be understood about this relationship. We would like to help people that are embarking upon Yurt Living to be sufficiently educated about what they are getting into so that they will have positive experiences! OK, lets talk about […]

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Be Prepared For Strong Wind

April 10, 2013

  In the last year we have heard many reports from people with Yurts (and also others) that there have been very high gusts of winds in many locations where high winds have not been a problem in the past. Since this has been happening, we have been recommending the Snow and Wind Kit more than we ever have […]

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