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David & Lillian
David & Lillian 13’ fire resistant yurt in the hills above Ukiah, CA.

4 Bedroom Passive Solar Tower
4 bedroom passive solar tower in Anderson Valley, CA. with greenhouse passive heating and earth tube cooling

80’ Yurt Factory
80’ yurt factory next to 6 unit green tower subdivision in flood plane in Hopland CA.

Wine Tasting Yurt
Wine tasting yurt and store Philo, CA.

Screened in Porch
Screened in porch with room for hot tub

Front Yard
Front yard on sod roofed home with decks

David Raitt General Contractor, Designer, Manufacturer, installer and owner of California Yurts Inc. and Vital Designs

“ Circular living provides a balance of looking inward and outward, looking out at the natural environment and surroundings but then coming in again to the self and hearth.”
- David Raitt Yurt Builder 

David Raitt
you dont live in a square world


From the ancient wisdom of the Mongolian culture to the Americas.

Be a part of the transformation from “GER” to the modern day permanent Yurt.

Green Sustainable Modern Day Yurt Housing

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California Round House and the Building Code explained
by David Raitt

Sustainable Green Solar Village
Sustainable Green Solar Village in Hopland, Ca. across the highway from Real Goods solar Living center.

In California, which is the front line of new code creation, a  new code is in place. The  2010  Urban Wildfire Code, a newer Green code, has just been released in 2014.  It mandates all occupancy structures must be able to withstand a fire of up to 140 degrees for 14 minutes without continuing to burn the exterior of the structure.  In addition, this code requires interior sprinklers, tempered windows, ventless or baffled vents with fireproof plaster or cement sidings, shielded underdeck fire guards to prevent a fire from burning under. Class A roofing and metal railings on decks. If you use wood exteriors you have to have a 1-hour sheetrock underneath fire taped or the siding and deck railing has to be 1-1/2 thick to meet this 1 hour of fire rating.

The green code requires meeting a minimal carbon footprint during the construction with regards to minimizing waste during construction as well as minimizing energy use defined in a house guide manual.

After having re-built yurts with this new code in post-fire storm areas in San Diego, I agree with his new compliance. It provides a safer and more sustainable structure that protects the public from itself in accidental fires inside the home as well as firestorms in all areas of California.  These homes are cheaper to insure and add value and safety to it's occupants.

This is on top of the Tittle 24 energy code which has been in place for some time. This code ensures all new construction be energy compliant especially with non-renewable energy sources such as propane, and oil and power from the grid. These homes require more insulation and more energy efficient appliances.  Fewer windows to floor area.

See my web page” Fire code yurts” for examples of fire code yurts.

California Yurts does not sell plans or kit yurts as others do. We prefer to assist our clients thru the process to their occupancy.

However our Australian company The Gaulburn Yurtworks does sell kits. As do Deltec homes and Mandala Homes.

Reason:  we prefer to guide our owner builder contractors with our vast history in the construction of their projects "hands-on"  through the "Dry in phase " closing in our yurt frame panel homes is our standard.

Leading most clients through the roofing and exterior siding phase.

Often our clients do the finish on the inside themselves or hire our Associate contractors on an hourly basis to work with them at that point, "on an as-needed basis," until their home is completed.

Our Associate group of trained licensed independent contractors are involved from day one to the successful completion of your Yurt home project.  We are a very different company than kit home companies in this regard.

Otherwise, you are on your own on site with your own learning curve ahead. This can be exciting if you have the patience and time. Much information is available online. You can also hire an architect to develop a  plan and find a builder who may take on a round panel frame construction to build on site.

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If you choose to build a fabric yurt, as seen on the many virtual tours online which show a cozy finished looking tent-like structure built by reliable tent builders. They recycle, some use sustainable timber, and are LEED certified manufacturers.

You likely will be building under the radar as far as code compliant engineering, county codes as permanent occupancy dwellings. Permitted only for camping.

Many counties, striving for revenue to maintain support systems such as school funding, fire and rescue as well as police and emergency medical support , have frowned on "under the radar" owner-builders of fabric and non-code yurts.  Many counties ban the existence of fabric yurts and have abatement tear down orders posted and served.

Many discovered by flyovers, located from the air. They can spot these structures.  The main reason there is an uproar is clear: because the counties get no financial support for state and county services from these type of yurt people. Most of this money comes from taxation and permit fees and school taxes on new homes collected. These complaints often from your conforming neighbors.

Your neighbors are then paying for your support services for when you cry for help and want CDF to protect your home from wildfire, or a fire you accidentally started, or are in need an ambulance or want your road to town maintained or you  want a decent school and bus pickup,  or need police protection etc.  In small communities as well as in urban as well as  inside city limits,  the word is out and many paying code compliant citizens call in anonymous complaints on this form of development.

This behavior is worse in many cases than the developers we often like to criticize, who at least come in the front door with public disclosure and at least pay taxes and permits fees.

We here at California Yurts strive to help design and build off-site components for green sustainable homes. Some with living roofs, greenhouse and passive earth cooling systems. We install grid tie and independent P.V. power systems.

We have installed several earth plaster and cement plaster exteriors.  We assist owners in installing  Bamboo, cork and "in floor" poured and stamped heated floors. We do Straw bale and Lyme plaster interior wall finishes as options as well.

So your choices are clear.

Build inexpensively under the radar with your own learning curve with the many yurt kits makers and  products out there.  Build a non-code, structure that is not fire safe or properly engineered to California code. Many of these fabric yurts are wonderful yet temporary.

Note:  Don't be fooled by the marketers and the slick online look. These structures have problems with sustainability and longevity and use way more energy to heat and cool. You can insulate them more and install flameproof exteriors and class a roofing with additional engineering and adding framing but that is not what is being sold at first look. This upgrade is all added is at quite a different price. I have yet to see any Fabric yurt meet the codes in California for sustainable occupancy as a dwelling. Such is the case for Bill's concentric yurts  or the Fabric portable  parks and recreation camping yurts,

Many of the non-code hard wall kit yurts also do not meet the California fire code or the Tittle 24 California energy code.


Build with our group now or in phases as you can afford, build as you earn.

A permanent, sustainable code approved, appreciable asset yurt that will last for generations, that is built to last and that will survive a wildfire that is insurable and bankable if borrowed against or sold. Knowing that the permit process contributed to your safety and support of your local support services and community.

Click on Grow  your yurt in phases page under site menu

For Sustainable kit-like  yurts contact best out there :

Mandala Custom Homes in B.C. Canada


Tower Duplex Hawaii

Tower Duplex Hawaii
 3 yurt homes we built in Kauai that withstood Hurricane INIKI’s 180 MPH winds back in the 80’s

Rancher NavaroRancho Navaro California Round House cluster home just completed in the fall of 2015

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In Depth Blueprints
Home Yurt Plans

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Licensing  and Support Worlwide
Building in the Round Since 1976

Eric Lassotovitch
Eric Lassotovitch  installer contractor 

Primed Tower
Willits, Ca. 31’/41’ tower home with Hardi Panel lap siding above and below 

Fire Resistant Deck
Fire resistant deck with Deck Shield Panels 

Nomad 2
Nomad 2  guest room with fold out Queen

Clint Huson and Berto Ibbarra
Clint Huson and Berto Ibbarra installer and manufacturing contractors 

1643 Sq.Ft. Cluster Solar Home
1643 Sq.Ft. Cluster Solar Home in the hills Ukiah, Ca. 4 bedroom 2 bath home 

31’/ 41’ Multi-Radius Home
31’/ 41’ Multi-Radius Home in Sonoma

41’ Tower 3 Bedroom 2 Bath Home
41’  tower 3 bedroom 2 bath home Mendocino with 4 car garage under

Cleaning Pool
www.VRBO217070 Family Villa in Pescadero Baja 5 bedroom cluster

Yurt Kitchen
26’ yurt kitchen in Northern Humbolt  County CA. with granite counter tops 

Dan Shupe
Dan Shupe yurt plumbing contractor

Nomad Studio
Nomad studio in Richmond, CA. Villa in Baja uphill in yard above house

3 Bedroom Cluster Home
3 Bedroom Cluster Home in Ukiah California

Yurt Tower
Fire code approved 26‘ yurt tower and wings with cement plaster exterior 

Music Room
 36‘ yurt music room Plumfield Academy in Occidental, California


Blueprints Recently completed Sustainable affordable Nomad 4 Mini Home under 500 Sq.Ft 30 prefab panel w/ floor

3 Bedroom Yurt Home
3 Bedroom 2-1/2 bath two car garage and office home to be built soon in Ukiah

Yurt Farm Camping
Yurt Farm Camping Yurts in N.S.W. Australia  "Glamping for weekenders"

Crane erecting 4 way Nautilus yurt in Ukiah, CA. portions of 4 different diameters sharing the same central skylight

Mel and Julies Home
Hillside Home underway 2015 in Nevada 
County. 4 car garage and shop under front

Model showing contours and detail 

Brian Manning
Brain Manning, our rearless draftsman, designer and plan document procurement contractor, site evaluator  is at your service.
Phone (707)744-1611

Multi Radius Yurt
26’/ 46’ multi radius yurt Rock Creek family retreat 

Nomad 2 Model
295’ Nomad 2 model mini home studio Ukiah CA. by appointment

Nomad Mini Home

Nomad Model Plan

Nomad 2 Slant Wall
15’ Nomad 2 slant wall  Yurt in Navaro California along creek with kayak and camping gear storage underneath  

Yurt Cluster Home Under Construction
Yurt cluster home under construction in Navaro CA. trapped site for winter install

Small Sized Yurt
Yurt cluster finished 6 months later

Steel Anchor Panels
Steel anchor panels hung off floor rims just before pouring footings

13’ Model Studio
13’ yurt model in Ukiah at factory under 120’ Sq.Ft. (no permit needed)

Glern Echo D.C. National Park
Glen Echo D.C. National Park crafts yurt village 1972 to present 

Yurt Cluster Home Potter Valley
Yurt cluster home Potter Valley CA.

Valance Yurt
Valance yurt lighting on high wall

Side Yard Sauna
Side yard sauna with shower

Office Loft
Office loft over kitchen in Ft. Bragg, CA.

Upper Floor Kitchen
28’ upper floor kitchen with bamboo floor

18’ Slant Wall Tower
18’ slant wall tower

Off Grid Yurt Home
Off grid yurt home on organic farm N.S.W. Australia

Boat like 1/2 bath in 2’ under eave in three story tower in Baja

Villa Tower
3 story villa tower bedrooms with 1/2 baths and deck on each floor

Third Floor 13’ Yurt
Third floor 13’ yurt with 1/2 bath

Central Wood Stove Living Room
Central wood stove living room dining view from kitchen

Yurt in Mill Creek
755” Sq.Ft. 2 bedroom Nautilus Talmage CA.

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Nomad 2 3D Model
New Nomad 2 in 3D  Model. This is under 300 Sq.Ft. and a  fully functional mini home with 6’ closet, front porch, full bath, Full kitchen, loft, and great proportions and design.

Yurts have many tangible advantages. The circular floor plan provides the greatest amount of space possible for the material used. A round space is also the most efficient space to heat and leaves the least amount of exterior surface area exposed to the elements.  Wind naturally moves around yurts, instead of getting caught in corners. Because of their engineering and roof structures, yurts are extraordinarily strong, withstanding earthquakes, high winds, and heavy snow loads.

The rounded yurt fits into its natural surroundings more readily than rectangular buildings.

The healing creative, communal, and spiritual nature of yurts is broadly recognized. Yurts seem especially suited to certain pursuits. They are often used in retreat centers, and for the healing arts, meditation, spiritual practices, dancing, and community gatherings. For this reason, people seem to sleep better in yurts and they often dream more.

Shop contractor office showing plans and stored homes

With optional fold-down Queen bed/desk combo it can convert to a home office for daytime use.

Nomad 2
Nomad 2 set up temporarily at Wellmar Yurt Factory. 15’/28'

30  off-site components require no crane to set up includes floor section and porch and deck and interior walls

Estimated $30,000 for the 30 parts with site install fireproof siding and soffits and trim, tempered windows, class A 40-year comp shingles, decking, and tinted skylight.

Install on your level accessible lot on code anchor panel foundation estimated at $20,000 to lock up dry in exterior done as above but on code perimeter steek anchor panel foundation, not piers as shown

Nomad 3 Model Home
Under 500 Sq.Ft. Nomad Three with earth plaster and separate bedroom and larger porch with larger loft, lager skylight 18’/26’/36’ multi-radius yurt

Ready to finish phase:  interior electrical, plumbing and cabinets, fixtures, wall insulation (included), sheetrock, finish flooring for an estimated $20,000 more.

Do the finish and help our contractors install as needed for further savings. Buy finish material at home depot for 6 months interest-free for 6 months and earn as you build to pay that off.

As we say "in like Flint" with some help from your friends and California yurts.

Call Brian Manning at (707) 744-1611 to see the model pictured above along with the Nomad 3 next door in person to get a feel for this amazing space.           yurts, David

Master Bedroom Suite
 Master Bedroom suite in 23’ yurt 

Dining Living Kitchen
26’ dining living kitchen open Yurt with 
10’ high walls in Redwood Valley Ca. 

Living and Dining Area
26’ Living room to dining with view out onto deck thru sliding glass door 

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Yurt Kitchen
26’ Yurt  kitchen in Northern Humbolt County Ca. with granite counter tops 

Dan Shupe
Dan Shupe Yurt  Plumbing Contractor

Nomad Studio
Nomad  studio in Richmond, CA. Villa in Baja uphill in yard above house

3 Bedroom Cluster Home
3 Bedroom Cluster Home in Ukiah California

Yurt Tower
Fire code approved 26‘ yurt tower and wings with cement plaster exterior 

Music Room
 36‘ yurt music room Plumfield Academy in Occidental, California

3 Bedroom Cluster Home
3 Bedroom Cluster Home in Ukiah California

Yurt Tower
Fire code approved 26‘ yurt tower and wings with cement plaster exterior 

Music Room
 36‘ yurt music room Plumfield Academy in Occidental, California

Man sitting at a pianoPiano Studio Sonoma

Two story houseEarth Plaster code Home in Pt. Arena, CA

VineyardNautilus in Vineyard

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Redwood Back Fire ResistantRedwood Back fire resistant siding on Yurt with bathroom wing

Solar off grid organic farm campSolar off grid organic farm camp

Esalen Staff housing YurtsEsalen staff housing yurts in Big
Sur, CA

Redwood Back fire resistant Bathroom wingRedwood Back fire resistant siding on Yurt with bathroom wing

Solar off Grid home Solar off Grid home in Sonoma

Nomad Writing Studio
15’ writing studio in Palo Alto in the backyard 

Art Studio41’ art guild studio in Vavcaville CA.

Baries on Deck

Pacific Yurt Owners on their porch in Cottage Grove Oregon with their wood framed code concentric yurt built over 30 years ago 


Allen by Yurt

Pacific Yurt “Owner Allen Baire on way to work at his Portable  yurt company

3 Story 1 StoryHillside 3 story to 1  story yurt home in Mendocino

Party Tower
Pool house party tower with dive ramp, hot tub and party room upstairs in Sonoma

Wine Tasting Room
Wine Tasting Room and caretaker yurt in Napa

Multi Radius Tower
26’/46’ Multi Radius tower duplex yurt on Kaui  that withstood Hurricane INIKI with winds over 180 MPH  Cat 5

Townhouse home of an attorney in Ukiah California

Fold Down Wall Bed
Fold down wall bed in 23’ yurt multiform office/ bedroom


Backyard Retreat Office
Backyard retreat office space in Los Angeles

Yert Next to Tree

Uphill with Ramp

Rocky Creek
Rocky Creek family retreat complex  in Anderson Valley Ca.

Mission School
Mission School cluster of 17 yurts near airport in Cabo

Three Story Villa
Three Story Villa in Baja with decks cement plaster exteriors that withstood last years cat 5 hurricane

Pink Tower Garage
Green Subdivision in Hopland tower village engineered for flood plane flow thru under garages when 100 year flood came thru overflowing the Russian River in 1986

18' Tower
18’ Tower in backyard 

Medium Tower
13’ tower mini home

Yurt Farm
Yurt Farm camp crafts pavillian

Family Yurt
Off grid yurt home with water collection from metal roof 

Hopeland, CA
Yurt Subdivision with Solar living center in Hopland California

Low Impact Yurt
Low impact yurt in sensitive habitat  near river with grass under

Yurt Home
Yurt Home with 3 car garage under vineyard in Potter Valley CA.

Home Interior
Interiors of home above

Dining Nook

Great Room Under Skylight
28’ great room under 6’ skylight

Oakland Yurt
13’ 8 sided code built  yurt in Oakland where no permit required id under 120 Sq.Ft. 

Yurt Sales Office
15’ Yurt sales office with sun from skylight on wall Ad

Oregon Yurt Home
Oregon yurt home in the suburbs

Home Yurt Cluster
Mandala home in B.C. 

Yurtworks Home in Australia
Gaulburn Yurtworks Home near Beach in Kiam NSW Australia

35 Year Old Yurt
28’ yurt interior 35 years old

Yurt Village
Tarua Yurt Village near Mt.Ruapao in New Zealand 

Nook Corridor Kitchen
Kitchen alcove off main 26’ yurt

Nomad Three
Nomad 3 Model home in Ukah with Earth Plaster exterior 

Skylight Ceiling
Skylight ceilig in 15‘ Yurt 

26’yurt with spiral to loft next to wood stove

13’ Meditation Yurt in Redwood Valley CA.

15’ Yurt interior Pacific Palisades

Mini kitchen with formed in place concrete counter top and earth plaster wall finish

Cherry Cabinets and Island

Spiral Stairs
26’ tower with stir to loft over kitchen

8 sided 15 ’bedroom  nomad 4

Baja Owners Unit
Nomad 4 Bedroom Left Kitchen/bathroom right dining and hangout middle front 

Nomad Kitchen
8 sided kitchen  15’ Nomad 4 

Multi Room Setup
26’ multi room 10 sided 8’ wide walls with kitchen that opens onto main room and bathroom and storage behind doors 

1 of 6 Units for Work Scholars
16’ with 4- 7’ wings at Esalen institute 1- of 6 units for work scholars in Big Sur California with wrap around decks 

Multi Room 10 Sides
Multi room 26’10 sided yurt with 3’ extensions behind door, kitchen, bathroom, closets that open onto the great room 

Vacation Home in New Zealand
31/41  multi Raduis 1,000 square ft, 2 bedroom vacation house in New Zealand Ski Village

Interior of Nautilus Yurt
Multi Raduis 21/31/41/ 755Sq.Ft.  2 bedroom Nautilus roof from grat room into kitchen with lofr above

Yurt Bedroom Open Walk Behind Bed Closet
21’ Yurt bedroom with open walk behind bed closest

Kitchen Under Loft
Kitchen under loft to dining table in 26’ yurt cluster
Yurt panel install on interconnect towers 

Stacking Roof Panels at Factory
Stacked Roof Panels at Factory 

Nomad 2
Nomad 2 in Occidental

Fire resistant Home with interior sprinklers standard

Fire Sprinkler
Fire Sprinkler in ceiling


Kitchen Under Loft
Kitchen under loft to dining table in 26’ yurt cluster
Yurt panel install on interconnect towers 

Stacking Roof Panels at Factory
Stacked Roof Panels at Factory 

Nomad 2
Nomad 2 in Occidental

Fold Down Wall Bed
Fold Down wall bed for Multi Room application for more space

Yurt Office
21’ Diameter Yurt Office

Recesses fireplace under eave  in yoga studio with Mandala oak floor 

Concentric Yurt for Minister

Bamboo Floor
Bamboo floor meets fireplace stone

Kitchen Window
Twin window view off kitchen counter

Window Eave
Enclosed fire safe ode eave

Office Loft
Lofr over Kitchen

Clerestory Windows
Clerestory windows on 12’ 8’ wide wall

Backyard Sauna
Backyard Sauna

30 Year Old Yurt
30 year old yurt with new roof over 40 year fireproof class A shingles

Non Code Luxury Tent Yurt
Fabric custom non code luxury tent yurt

Non Code Wood Frame Panel
Non code wood frame panel yurt  sold as kit

Uninsulated Wood Yurt
Non code single wall uninsulated wood yurt with slant wall and stoop in non code door

School House
Code and fire code compliant school house yurts in Sonoma County

Code Compliant Tower
Code compliant tower yurt home with code railings

Prefab Yurt
Deltec prefab and precut code compliant homes

Code Compliant Home
Code compliant yurt home in Oregon  

Custom Yurt Tower
Custom yurt tower with garage under and cupola and non code compliant desk railing

Deltec Code Compliant Home
Deltec code compliant home

Manala Home Code Compliant Home
Mandala home code compliant super insulated green home B.C. Canada

Yurt Home
840 Sq.Ft. 26’  Yurt Home tower on coast in Northern California with garage under

Fire Shilled Homes
Just completed 2015 fire safe code compliant home and decks with fire shield in Navarro CA.

Day Bed
Day bed in wing window

Custom closet with dresser

Yurt Multi Room
26’ yurt multiroom

Yurt Factory
Yurt Factory in NSW Australia

Frame Moving
Frame panel yurt on the move

Slant Walls in Process
Slant wall series yurt in process

Yurts on Truck
Yurts on trucks at factory

Nomad 2 3D Model
8 sided series nomad 2





Bathtub Shower Combo

Tile Walls

Nomad 2 Set Up
Nomad 2 set up

Yurt with Handi Cap
26’ yurt with handi cap ramp 

Wall Installation
Walls going up

Shop Manufacturing

4 Way Nautilus and yurt crew

Family Posing in Front of Yurt
Backyard yurt crew and owner

Day Bed Bay
Day bed bay off living room

Hillside Yurt
Hillside yurt cluster home


Purple Couch in Yurt Living Room


Piano Room

Outdoor Area

Fire Resistant Home

Exterior of Yurt


Round Tower

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