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Our New Yurt Manufacturing Facility

Moving home, walking the walk of sustainable business and living…

Over the last year, we’ve been making some major changes at Laurel Nest Yurts that have improved our excitement and love of making yurts for all of you!! We are making strides towards living our personal dream of sustainability. Over the last year and a half we were building a home studio that we can work from and this November we moved in!!

It was a crazy month- packing up our 4,000 square foot manufacturing facility and moving everything to our home-based workshop. From the home front, we prepared 3 yurts and built a beautiful 26′ diameter sewing studio, with a 30′ yurt as a second floor. We relocated our 18′ demo yurt and turned it into a wood shop on our land. Now our home office/studio is pretty unique and makes me think of how nice it must have been to be Smurfette!

So, just for fun, I thought I would share some pictures from our move, to share a slice of our life with you. We worked around the clock for several weeks with help from a couple of friends and Hal’s dad Al, his tractor, and a bunch of trailers…

Packing up the wood shop into the yurt truck…

We packed our bus full of fabric and cutting tables, jumped it off and parked it at home…

Who would have thought Hal is such a good tetris player? (Moving shelves…)

Moving sewing machines…

Our new yurt manufacturing studio….

Panorama of yurt making studio… (and still a work in progress…)

Panorama of yurt making studio…

Window making station down the hill…

Our 12#39; materials storage yurt…

Our 15#39; window making yurt… built 7 years ago…

Our crafting yurt, home of liner making!

A few words to share about our new studio, for those of you who are trying to build sustainably and with recycled materials. All the beautiful large bay windows we purchased from a local man that finds building materials and resells them, for $20/piece. The beautiful wooden walls are 5/4″ boards that we used to use for rafters, then changed our design, and now have a new use ;) We recycled leftover refletix insulation for the ceiling and used scraps and recycled materials purchased from habitat for the rest of the project. Our total materials for the downstairs was under $1,000. The yurt upstairs we built with seconds parts and used scrap fabric for the walls, as well as windows that were purchased used. At some point we will paint the entire canvas with moss green Earthpaint.

So the layout now– a 12′ office yurt (still need to unpack, trying to figure out how to get internet in our corner of the woods), a 15′ window making station with neighboring 12′ yurt for storage of materials (zipper tape, fabric, window making supplies, thread, needles, etc…), 15′ “crafting” yurt, that houses our serger and is home to liner making, 18′ yurt wood shop, 26′ multi-sided studio space that is home to sewing of roofs, assembling walls and sewing bands and webbing on roof and walls, school bus with cutting tables for measuring and cutting roof and window panels, and finally 30′ yurt for cutting roof frustom.

Whew… now you see why I feel like a modern day yurtette?

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yurtmanI live in a little sustainable minded yurt village in western NC near AshevilleView all posts by yurtman →