Platform Insulation

Hey, folks. This is Jeremy with a continuing conversation about Yome insulation options. You can find my comments on the roof insulation that we offer in a previous blog. Bottom line, insulating the roof is the most effective step in improving heating efficiency in a Yome.

Depending on what a Yome is sitting on, how high off the ground the deck is, etc., the next most effective area to insulate is the floor or platform. There are a lot of options for floor insulation. Personally, I had access to a lot of fiber-fill scraps that we use for our side wall insulation, so I improvised a simple way of sealing off the space between the joists of my deck and just stuffing it with fiber-fill. I am not getting a great R-value, I’m sure, but nonetheless it has made a big difference. A cold floor can cause a sort of thermal layering effect; the Yome will be warm but the foot or two closest to the floor can be chilly. This makes for cold feet, especially sitting around reading, etc. and many would say this can drain the “Chi”. A little circulation fan can help a lot with this effect. Read more

Charity’s Cozy Mornings

When I first into a Yome I thought it was a very temporary thing for me, but, as I look back over the past four years, I realize I’ve spent almost three of those years living in Yomes!

Over those years, I can remember many peaceful mornings. The first thing I heard before my eyes opened were the many bird songs, the little wren who lived in my door frame, the pheobe, the junco, the cardinal. Then there was the  creek running down the hill beside the Yome, trickling in the summer, and roaring and rushing after a big, spring rain. One thing about a Yome is they will keep you warm and cozy, however, they really expose you to the surrounding sounds. You feel like you are a part of the surrounding environment.

When my eyes would open the first thing I would see was this glorious wide open cathedral of diffuse sunlight! The ceiling in my Yome would fill me with a feeling of expansive thought, room to breathe, and sunshiny coziness. When I lived in the Yome mornings were my favorite part of the day. Now I am living in a conventional house…and every morning I miss that feeling of waking up so near to outside, yet still cozy and snug in my bed.

Structural Triangles

One of the repeated comments that comes up while designing various aspects of our Yomes is, “why only triangles.” It’s a basic concept in carpentry and engineering that we take seriously.  Have you ever seen a table or a chair with four legs that might have been a little wobbly?  Chances are the difference between this table and a more stable one is the number of triangles incorporated into the design.

To see the stability of a triangle versus any other polygon, take four pencils and four rubber bands, and form a square.  You’ll notice that if you push on any two sides that the square will deform its shape.  Get rid of one of the pencils and one rubber band, and form a triangle instead.  Now even though all the points where the pencils connect are just as flexible, the shape doesn’t change.  This is the inherent stability of triangles, and it’s what we seek when trying to create a stable structure.

If you look at our Yome designs you’ll notice one predominant feature, their frames are made entirely of triangles.  This is important since like our previous pencil models, the vertices of the Yomes are able to pivot around the bolts that hold them together.  By using triangles, we are able to make sturdy structures with much less material saving you money, keeping our landfills free of waste, and allowing the Yomes to be much more portable than they would be otherwise.

Next time you sit down at your table, or on that nice sturdy chair next to it, have a look underneath and see if you can spot the triangles that hold it all together.  And next time you go into your Yome, have a look at the framework knowing that you’re surrounded by a structure designed to remain stable and strong with a minimal use of materials.