While working on a spa design for the HexaPlex, i discovered some exciting things with the hexayurt roof design- it will quite happily extend outwards in any direction you like. Same triangles, same angles. Sweet! Now what exactly does that solve?
Reduced Flat Exposure to Wind:
If you have a 6′ or 8′ wall hexayurt, you may be somewhat nervous to set it up in a windy universe; such as burning man, top of a cliff, Lethbridge. And that would be reasonable caution. but now you can extend your roof further, and make your outer walls shorter, making a safer yurt for your self and all your downwind neighbors.
So Much Space ! :
every 8′ roof wing that you attach adds a 1/2 hexayurt worth of floor space. enough to fit 2 single beds or one queen. plus personal storage. 5x 8′ wings (leaving one off for a tall door) will provide a total of 3.5 hexayurts in area- 406’2. a more modest 4′ roof wing will give you .375 more area each.
Wow, so who’s done this?
To my knowledge, no one. so you can be first! Help chart bold new ways in Hexayurtopia! Send me pictures! I would only recommend this to an engineer or experienced yurt crafter. Please don’t take this on for your first yurt.
This file has a lot of construction extras, so you can put together a bunch of different formats from components. If you are not familiar with components in sketchup, there are a number of great videos on google to teach you all about it.
a question was asked on the hexayurt google group (if you like hexayurts in a big nerdy way, and are not already on that list, why not browse over to http://groups.google.com/group/hexayurt/ to add yourself) about hexayurt based gazebo structures.
i have had this file in my pocket for a few months, done up extra special for a top-secret art installation, so i cleaned up the secret parts to show the basic framework of the hexa-gazebo.
i imagine this design to work best with plywood triangles, this may in fact be my only all-triangle hexafamilly design. maybe not. there are a lot of fun things to do with triangles.
as it has not been built, i do not know how strong the plan is. there are a few places where extra reinforcement may be needed. they are noted with simple lines- between the base points of the Leg Triangles, and from the center of the 3 open wall spaces. putting a 2×2 or something similar there would also allow convenient attachment of bug screens, drapes, or whatever else the local ecosystem needs for comfort.
here is the downloadable sketchup (version 8) file:
as noted in the file and picture, these pictures and files are available under the creative commons license (CC BY-SA) -attribution, share-alike;
and since i had to look it up to find out what i meant, here is the link to cc-by-sa 3.0. hope you found it as educational as i did :) actually, i hope everyone already knows all about it, cause it’s awesome.