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Published on October 16th, 2009 | by Delia Montgomery

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Yurt Living: Creative Flooring Suppliers

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Since yurt kits are typically shipped to the building site without a floor, anything other than a local resource requires orchestration. That’s because the floor is ideally finished before the yurt is erected.

Alterego in Maryland can discuss the feasibility of FSC certified hardwood, cork, bamboo, linoleum, or rubber floor materials for your yurt structure. The company is owned by architects who offer sustainable products with modern designs.

A similar company is EcoTimber in California. Check out their eco-friendly flooring guide.

If certification is not your concern, consider Conklins Authentic Antique Barnwood, located in Pennsylvania. The natural look blends well with sustainable lifestyles. And as with antique furniture, the worn appearance can compliment various designs, ― including yurts.

There’s nothing like the feel of wood. Another option is a form of recycling: recovered river wood. Goodwin Heart Pine Co. in Florida offers a variety of such. They’ve received national recognition that includes the History Channel and HGTV.

Cork is a natural, durable and environmentally-conscious product. It has excellent acoustical properties, is easily maintained, and is long-standing comfortable. A good eco-conscious company to inquire with is US Floors LLC in Georgia.

The Smith & Fong Company in San Francisco has been an innovator in the development of bamboo as a building resource since 1989. Consider Plyboo Pure FSC-certified with no added urea formaldehyde.

Ecohaus in Washington offers customer service for earth-friendly flooring. Think about Marmoleum® with bacterial resistant and anti-static qualities. That’s a great organic alternative to vinyl sheet flooring.

Gee, I could go on for days, but the final consideration I recommend in this blog is parquetry. This is a style, rather than a material, but incorporates natural resources beautifully.

What’s your yurt eco-floor thought? Please comment.

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About the Author

I am Delia, d/b/a Chic Eco on www.ChicEco.com, and established myself as an eco fashion guru by learning "who makes what in the world of environmental fashion and design." Enjoy reading some of my freelance writing about environmental design, fashion and art -- from both consumer and supplier perspectives. You may notice I focus most on individual eco designers, movers and shakers. From sustainable fashion apparel to paint and flooring, discoveries are a rush. I get my kicks this way. I also offer sales representation of earth-friendly designed products for wholesale buyers. Retailers may take advantage of my services with factory-direct pricing. Spend less time sourcing and prevent green-washed purchases! My other forte is connecting suppliers with business-to-business tools. Aspects of my business vary with consulting services while I'm proud to be the aide that embraces unique and innovative gigs. I'm originally a Kentucky Blue Grass gal who relocated to Maui early 2006 and the tropical Puna District of Big Island, Hawaii late 2007. Walk the talk is my motto here. Early 2009 I constructed a yurt home office in a semi-urban setting on a tiny lot. My water comes from the sky, contained in a catchment that's not likely to dry in this rain forest. The electric is designed for solar conversion. I grow about 30% of my food organically, compost, and recycle to the hilt. Permaculture with a full eco system is my gardening style. In fact, gardening is my ultimate joy. I seek gigs like design, weeding and planting between other jobs. My love is Hawai'i which has more climate zones than any state. There are frequent earthquakes here, typically under a 3.0 magnitude, and I happen to dig the vibrations. It's a wonderful simple life in paradise. As I grow older and wiser, I become more and more grateful.



  • http://www.juicymaters.com Bob Hayles

    As a construction type, as well as a person who lives in a yurt as a primary residence, I must take issue with your statement that the floor needs to be finished prior to erecting the yurt.

    From this standpoint, yurts are no different than any other construction in that the structure should be dried in, with the interior out of any possibility of inclement weather, prior to putting down the floor.

    The SUBFLOOR must be done ahead of time as it is what the yurt kit will sit on, but NOT the floor itself as implied in the article.

  • http://www.juicymaters.com Bob Hayles

    As a construction type, as well as a person who lives in a yurt as a primary residence, I must take issue with your statement that the floor needs to be finished prior to erecting the yurt.

    From this standpoint, yurts are no different than any other construction in that the structure should be dried in, with the interior out of any possibility of inclement weather, prior to putting down the floor.

    The SUBFLOOR must be done ahead of time as it is what the yurt kit will sit on, but NOT the floor itself as implied in the article.

  • http://www.ChicEco.com Delia Montgomery

    THANK YOU Bob; great input! My wood floor in the tropics is without a subfloor. Was lucky with weather, but this is the rain forest. So it got wet a few times before completely covered with the dome installed. The wood finish was put on later, but it would have been nicer and cleaner if the finish was put on before the yurt was erected. Ideally, it would have been covered with a tarp to be dried in. I figured this would hold true for tiles and other types of flooring that may require a subfloor. The only exception I can think of is carpet, which is a bad choice for yurts.

  • http://www.ChicEco.com Delia Montgomery

    THANK YOU Bob; great input! My wood floor in the tropics is without a subfloor. Was lucky with weather, but this is the rain forest. So it got wet a few times before completely covered with the dome installed. The wood finish was put on later, but it would have been nicer and cleaner if the finish was put on before the yurt was erected. Ideally, it would have been covered with a tarp to be dried in. I figured this would hold true for tiles and other types of flooring that may require a subfloor. The only exception I can think of is carpet, which is a bad choice for yurts.

  • http://www.bambooindustry.com bambooflooring

    Bamboo flooring is made from quick growing bamboo stalks, planted throughout Anhui, Jiangxi and Zhejiang provinces in China. Bamboo grows to a height of 1.5 meters within the first several months of growth, and thereafter is harvested every 5-6 years. It is cut into strips, and then laminated into flooring planks.

  • http://www.bambooindustry.com bambooflooring

    Bamboo flooring is made from quick growing bamboo stalks, planted throughout Anhui, Jiangxi and Zhejiang provinces in China. Bamboo grows to a height of 1.5 meters within the first several months of growth, and thereafter is harvested every 5-6 years. It is cut into strips, and then laminated into flooring planks.

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