Q: What is a yurt? (Sounds like "yert")
Q: Why should I choose a White Mountain Yurt?
Q: How long will it take to receive my yurt?
Q: Who will deliver my yurt?
Q: Will you help me set up my yurt?
Q: Where can I put my yurt?
Q: I live in New Hampshire - winters can be brutal.
Can I actually live in my yurt year-round?
Q: Are there other uses for a yurt?
Q: Are yurts durable? How long will my yurt last?
Q: What if I want to connect my yurt to another
yurt or building?
Q: How do I add inner walls to my yurt?
A: A modern, eco-friendly, green building option which originated in central Asia. Originally called gers or yurtas, these round structures (often constructed with a canvas outer shell and lattice work inner walls) have been adapted to contemporary living and are a favored choice with those who opt for a sustainable lifestyle. Economical in cost and in environmental impact, yurts are a valuable resource for homesteaders, those who choose to live off grid, and anyone in search of affordable alternative housing.
A: Each White Mountain yurt is hand-built upon ordering. Your
yurt will be ready for pick-up or delivery 4-8 weeks after your order is placed.
A: We will be happy to personally deliver your yurt or you can
save the delivery fee and pick it up at our shop. If you choose
our delivery option, please call 603-396-9222 or email us for a
A: Yes. Although we provide easy to follow step-by-step
instructions for setting up your yurt, a Real Person is always
available here to help you out. Please call or email us for a
A: The sky's the limit! Literally! Seaside retreat or mountain
getaway, earth-friendly yurts can often be placed in areas where
traditional structures may be prohibited. Consult your local
zoning laws for the specifics of your chosen site.
A: Absolutely. Check out our Yurts page for options on making
your yurt comfortable and sturdy even in the toughest weather conditions.
A: We're always happily surprised to hear the innovative uses
people have found for their yurts. Here are some suggestions:
- Affordable Home
- Writer’s Studio
- Artist’s Studio
- Guest House
- Ski Cabana
- Vacation Home
- Gift Shop
- Information Center
- Learning Center
- Green Building
- RV Campground Rental
- State Park Rental
A: Each White Mountain Yurt is hand-built to last! The rugged,
wooden framework of your yurt will stand the test of time and
elements year after year. (much like a traditional home) The
fabric cover of a yurt, which is subject to UV rays and other
elemental extremes, will last from 8 to 15 years before it needs
A: This is a great problem-solving strategy for those who want
the added privacy of a second yurt for a bedroom, bath, or office
area. It's also a popular choice for connecting a mother-in-law
apartment, kid's playroom, guest house, or studio.To accomplish
this, a connecting hallway is constructed from the door frame of one yurt/structure to the next.
A: Sturdy walls can be added to your yurt by using traditional
framing methods. The partitions should not be attached to the
lattice walls of your yurt, as this would compromise the integrity of the structure.
Q: How do I construct a loft in my yurt?
A: A loft can be a beautiful and practical choice for expanding
your living space. Whether you want to use your loft for a storage
area (a good solution for smaller yurts) or a bedroom/living area,
this can be accomplished by building a freestanding framework
that remains unattached from the outer walls of your yurt. As a
bonus, you can utilize the space under your loft for a bathroom or
bedroom. Would you like more information about building a loft
for your yurt? Let Pete—our loft, platform, and deck specialist help!
Q: Can my yurt be wired for electricity?
A: Yes. If you have an existing electrical source on your property,
you can run the lines through your yurt floor. After this is done,
simply install switches and outlets wherever you need them and
let there be light! If no electrical source is available or you want to
live off-grid, you can install solar panels and batteries which will
supply you with power. Be sure to consult an expert when
calculating how much solar power you'll need.
Q: How do I install plumbing in my yurt?
A: You can install plumbing in your yurt by bringing the pipes up
through your yurts floor. In colder climates, it's important to
protect your pipes from freezing by utilizing heat tapes, safe heating sources, and proper insulation techniques.
Q: I'm ready to add a kitchen and bathroom to my yurt. Tell me how.
A: After your inner walls and plumbing are installed, you're ready
to add your kitchen and bath. It makes practical sense for the
bathroom and kitchen to share the same "wet wall" or water
source, so plan ahead for this. In more remote areas, or as an
environmental choice, many yurt owners install composting toilets.
This solution requires only a small grey water system, and
eliminates the need for a septic system.
Q: What are the best methods for heating
and cooling my yurt?
A: Heating - Heating your yurt is easy with a wood burning or gas stove which is properly vented through the wall. This is the most common method chosen by yurt owners. Others choose to install central heating or forced hot air. With these systems, the duct work can be run directly under your yurt floor. Alternative heating methods, such as radiant in-floor heating, (used in conjunction with ceramic or electric baseboard) can also serve to keep you toasty even on the frostiest nights.
Cooling - Optimum ventilation* is key to keeping your yurt cool during warmer weather. Well placed doors and windows are a natural way to keep the air circulating. Adding a dome lifter allows you to open the dome of your yurt so that the rising hot air escapes quickly and easily - leaving you feeling cool and comfortable. Where electricity is available, a swamp cooler (which uses an endothermic reaction to cool circulating air) may do the trick. Ductless air conditioning units can also be helpful in more humid climates.
*Looking for extra ventilation with a panoramic view to boot?
Our floor-to-ceiling roll-up walls may be just what you're looking for!
Q: Will I need do get a building permit for my yurt?
A: We love what we do at White Mountain Yurts, and we think it shows. Each of our yurts is individually crafted with you in mind. We provide the continued support you need to make your yurt-living experience as simple and enjoyable as possible. Read what people are saying about us here. For those who live in the Northeast states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts, we are your only local supplier for hand-built yurts, so you have the added benefit of saving on shipping costs by picking up your yurt at our shop.