Light And Airy
One of the things I most loved when looking at yurts was seeing those varieties which had enclosures at the top. “Imagine how great they would look with bigger enclosures,” I thought.
The skylight is the crowning jewel in our yurts. An optional external shutter adds to the control you have over light and warmth levels.
When assessing the building site of my first client I noticed they had a majestic big willow tree behind the site. That convinced me to create a design where the skylight would take centre stage.
At night it could accentuate the view of the stars, while in the day it would bring in warmth and a generous amount of light.
And as that Airbnb guest commented on our websites page, uses for your yurt, it has the added bonus of making for spectacular viewing during thunderstorms.
With Australia having such a high level of humidity, it is essential to have proper ventilation and lots of sunshine to create healthy living spaces and avoid rising damp which plagues far too many Australian residences.
We have designed the skylight to be large in size but also come with the optional extra of having a closable shutter. Should you or your guests appreciate a sleep in, the yurt space becomes a lovely dark space after you add a couple of blockout curtains to the window(s) and the main door.
The closable shutter assists greatly with manipulating weather conditions. In the heat of summer, it can be closed to block out the suns heat. Conversely, in winter it can be closed at night to help retain the inside warmth. During the in-between seasons it can be opened to bring in warmth in the early part of the day, then closed off once a pleasant temperature has been reached.
Our standard model yurt comes with an awning window. This provides for ventilation even during rain. Positioning it opposite the front door allows for cross ventilation.
Having optional full-length windows is a great way to bring even more light into your yurt space and showcase any view or bushland aspect your property contains.
Highly Insulated To Maximise Comfort And Sustainability
Stargazing Yurts are designed with both cosiness and environmental responsibility in mind.
Our ceilings are insulated with high strength batts. In locations where bushfire safety is paramount, you have the option of having fire rated plasterboard, which adds further thickness and assists thermal properties for temperature and reduces external noise.
Having a shutter over the skylight further insulates the yurt by allowing the warmth in during cooler seasons and keeping the sun out during warmer ones.
In building close to the ground level, our yurts keep at bay the cold which raised construction brings due to wind exposure.
Reinforced fibreglass concrete flooring and bushfire rated plasterboard roofing strengthen the insulating effects of Rockwool batts.
Thick, reinforced fibreglass concrete adds insulation properties as does the floor insulation used. With the flooring laid there are three layers of insulation in total.
For those wanting even more warmth than that afforded by bamboo flooring, wool carpet is an option which is both ideal for colder climates and fire resistant.
With walls being a major potential energy loss we use the highest level of Rockwool wall insulation. The option of the thicker, fire rated plasterboard used for roofing can also be incorporated in the wall structure to add to the insulating effect.
Lastly, by using a thick level of reinforced fibreglass concrete external cladding, our yurts are designed to deliver maximum insulation and noise reduction.
Our standard model includes easy to clean, sustainable bamboo flooring.
Alternatively, you can choose the softness and warmth afforded by wool carpet.
In my showroom, I find the addition of a rug ideal and it works well for people staying in the yurt who have somewhere warm for their feet in winter when getting changed.
Bamboo flooring brings in the warmth of a timber look, while the reinforced fibreglass concrete underneath provides insulation and sturdiness.
Built With Non-Combustible Material
We use steel for the yurt piers, the base and walls in addition to using Colorbond roofing.
With Australian land often having bushfire risks, our yurts are unique in that they are made from steel as opposed to prefabricated timber or canvass.
We complement the yurts steel construction with solid reinforced fibreglass concrete flooring to maintain a non-combustible construction.
Unlike a concrete slab that can crack and move, our floor allows for natural movement.
Additionally, our model allows for builds on land that is more sloping instead of just flat land which is a necessity for building with concrete slabs.
We also use reinforced fibreglass concrete for the external cladding to complete our non-combustible construction. The solid cladding is rated for the highest bushfire rating, which also improves the insulation qualities and sound reduction.
For those wanting to meet any bush fire requirements for windows, we are able to combine fire resistant windows with metal shutters to obtain the highest fire rating.
Termite And Rot Proof
Our yurts offer greater peace of mind due to their construction from steel and reinforced fibreglass compressed concrete.
With Australian bush containing a high risk of termite and other borers, our yurts are designed to remove any worries. There is simply no material for pests to eat away at.
The material we build from also counters high humidity levels, conducive to fungi which creates wood rot in timber style yurts. Nor do our yurts carry the susceptibility that timber does to rotting from weathering.
Unlike timber and canvas yurts, our design provides peace of mind, style, energy efficiency and comfort all while being pleasing to the eye.
Canvass style yurts can be cute to look at but they can be quite ill-suited to Australian conditions, struggling to regulate comfortable temperatures and battling with dampness in humid areas.
Timber yurts have the same issues canvass ones do in terms of temperature and dampness. Timber yurts tire in the strong Australian sunlight and require constant painting and tending to in order to avoid deterioration.