Mikey and I have successfully deconstructed the yurt deck and reconstructed it here on our property. Having done this job the mystery of deck building is gone. I feel like I could build decks all day. Like most DIY projects, once you do them the word seems ever more transparent, and easy to piece together.

The original Mongolian cover had deteriorated at the yurt's previous home in Questa, NM. I've been sewing together a new one using a marine grade, UV resistant fabric made by Sunbrella. I'm making a roof out of 14 pie shaped pieces, the walls are a single long rectangle that wraps the 60' circumference of the building. Where each pie piece of the roof connects to every other, I'm adding strapping in case I need it as I'm not yet sure if I'll make the cover a single contiguous piece or leave it in two pieces: body/walls and ceiling/roof. Basting tape on the seams gives me a little extra assurance that it'll be water proof. The sticky basting tape swells into the sew holes thus sealing them. Sewing the cover is a wild experience. As I near completion of the roof the material that I'm running through my machine takes up the whole kitchen. I've paired the appropriate needles and thread so things are running pretty smooth with this part of the project.

Next steps: 

The wood portions of the yurt which had been hand painted in Mongolia have chips and chipped and peeling paint. I've purchased enamel wood filler that I'll use to mend the areas that are fractured. Then I'll lightly sand the surface with a fine grit so that I may preserve the image of the original paint. I'll repaint the same design in the same colors and seal it. 

Mikey and I will be installing a bamboo floor with a vapor and wind barrier below it, soft foam sheets that'll also help level out any irregularities in the deck. 

Unfortunately the beautiful 1.5" thick yak hair walls and ceiling (see pic the rolls are below the orange wood parts) were so infested with clothing/wool moths that I had to leave this material behind. This was a tough call but I consulted a girlfriend who raises sheep and is a weaver and she let me know that if I took that home I'd be plagued by them. And so it goes... I purchased double thick, 2 sided mylar bubble wrap to replace this insulation. This material is commonly used on yurts. I'll cut the insulation in the same pattern as the cloth cover and bind the seams with guerrilla tape, pie pieces and one long wall piece. 

It feels good to be busy with projects on the property. I'm happy that our summer of travel left us newly inspired. Once the yurt's up, it'll be time to open it for folks who want to take a contemplative retreat. I can't wait to start up my spring garden! 

More as it comes... 


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