Answers to some of the most frequently asked questions. Feel free to contact us if you have any other questions or would like to know more information.

Ordering Questions

How do I buy a Tree Wise Yurt?

Contact us and your account manager will help you get started!

Do you offer volume pricing?

Yes, contact your account manager for details.

What is included with a kit?

See our product pages for a full list of inclusions.

Can I order replacement parts individually?

Yes you can! If a portion of your yurt or treehouse becomes damaged, we will help you determine exactly what you need.

How soon can I get my yurt?

For most orders, we have a 8-12 week lead time from the time you order to when it ships.

Construction Questions

What skill level do I need to assemble a kit?

If you have basic building skills, you should be good to go; however, if you don’t feel comfortable in your skill sets, a local contactor will have no problems whatsoever.

How long does it take to assemble of a soft-sided kit?

With 2 or 3 people you can assemble a soft-side 20-foot kit in 2 or 3 days on an already completed platform or foundation. 

How long does it take to assemble a hard-sided kit?

With 3 people, you can assemble a hard-side kit in 3 or 4 days on an already completed platform or foundation. Having 3-4 people for a 25-foot kit is recommended.

What tools do I need to assemble a kit?

We will provide a full list of all necessary tools with the instructions, but most tools will be found in your toolbox.

Do I need a level building site?

No, you don’t! That is one of the best things about Tree Wise Designs: they can be placed on a wide range of terrains. In fact, it is common for people to place their yurts on sloping ground, ravines, or “delicate” areas.
When you order, we will provide you with foundation and platform drawings that will be usable on almost any type of site.

Maintenance Questions

What maintenance is required?

Soft-sided yurts are relatively maintenance-light compared to tents and canvas structures. Mildew and dirt can collect on the exterior over time, but can easily be scrubbed off with a brush and soapy water or can be removed with a power washer.

For hard-sided yurts, maintenance will depend on your choice of materials for roofing and siding.

What is the lifespan of Tree Wise yurts & treehouses?

The solid timber and steel frame can last a lifetime with proper maintenance. For soft-sided yurts, the exterior cloth cover has an average lifespan of 10-12 years if left up year round. There are treatments that can be applied to the vinyl to extend its lifespan.

For hard-sided yurts, the lifespan of the exterior will vary based on your choice of materials and is comparable to those used on homes.

How durable are the walls/roof on a soft-sided yurt or treehouse?

We use a commercial grade 18 ounce vinyl coated polyester that is both UV and mildew resistant. With all seams welded and Velcro areas stitched, they will stand the test of time.

What is the snow load?

The roof is rated at 42 lb. per square foot which should meet your local standards, but snow load requirements will vary based on your location. For instance, we are located in Northern Minnesota (where snow is a way of life), and our required rating is 40 lbs/sqft.

How well do Tree Wise Yurts & Treehouses stand up to wind?

Our soft-sided yurts have a wind load of 120 mph and added uplift protection due to our steel brackets and cables that hold the frame together and down to the platform.

What if my wall or roof becomes damaged?

Unlike most yurts, ours are modular, so no problem! Simply remove the damaged panel or roof and order a replacement.

Options & Upgrades

Can I have electricity and plumbing in my yurt or treehouse?

Our models can easily have electricity, water, and sewer hook-ups. Typically, the electricity and water will be run under the platform and up through the floor. For overhead lights, wires are usually run through conduit along the beams.

We suggest choosing local contractors to work with as you plan your building site and yurt layout to ensure access to service, a water source, and septic is not cost-prohibitive.

Can I insulate my yurt or treehouse?

Absolutely! With our cloth yurt covers you can add reflective insulation layers as needed to your order. Our hard-sided models come standard with foam insulation.

What is the R-value of the insulation packages for soft-sided models?

We offer reflective insulation packages that go between the frame and the cloth. This type of insulation does not receive an R-value; however, in various tests it has been shown to prevent a similar amount of heat from escaping as an R21 loft insulation. You can add one or two layers.