The Ultimate In Simplicity: Yurt Living.

Posted: June 5th, 2009 | 65 Comments »

Every time I start to think about the kind of house I would like to own one day, the idea of living in a yurt keeps coming up. I can picture myself in a 20 or 30 ft diameter yurt sitting up on a raised deck, somewhere in Colorado or New Mexico, surrounded by beautiful views and possibly a river. After many years of cutting back and rearranging my thinking, I have very minimal needs for my life – basically give me a roof over my head and food on the table, a reliable vehicle, an internet connection, a cell phone, my books, and maybe a few channels on the TV, and I would be a pretty happy camper. I don’t collect anything, hoard “stuff”, or have much need for things that don’t serve a purpose, so my storage needs are minimal at best. I imagine it looking something like this, from the Colorado Yurt Company’s website:

yurt1 The Ultimate In Simplicity: Yurt Living.


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yurt3 The Ultimate In Simplicity: Yurt Living.

Wouldn’t that just be pretty cool? Nice and quiet, pitch black at night, and incredibly simple to both live in and also to maintain. I stayed in a yurt up near Big Sur, CA for a week and had an amazing time. Even though it was cold & wet outside, it was nice and toasty inside – and very home-y to boot. I just felt at ease while staying in the yurt.

Living in a yurt would certainly require you to minimize clutter and maximize organization, two things that I am getting very good at. It wouldn’t be like living in a tent, as you could have windows, heat, plumbing, snow and wind-load tops and sides, and you put them almost anywhere. Never mind the price – a fully-loaded 30 foot diameter yurt (which is huge, lest you think it isn’t – it’s giant inside), configured as I would want it for this area, would only run me a little under $16,000. Trying getting what amounts to a 900 square foot house for that much!

Find some land, drill a well, set up a few solar panels and boom – a very nice house for not too much money at all. Ditch most of the stuff I still am holding on to for some reason, pack up the cat and the computer, and move into a yurt near the mountains and a river. Sounds lovely and so very much like the simple and slow life I am after for myself…all things considered, who wouldn’t want to live like this:

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Hmmm…time to make a dream a reality? Have you ever wanted to live in a yurt? Do you already? I would love to hear from you about it!


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65 Comments on “The Ultimate In Simplicity: Yurt Living.”

  1. 1 Jesse said at 9:35 am on June 5th, 2009:

    I share your dream David…but with moving to the desert later this summer, I’m thinking haybale or mud brick of some sort will end up making more sense in the longrun. Same criteria other then that!

  2. 2 amanda h said at 12:39 pm on June 5th, 2009:

    if only i could convince my husband that a yurt is the way to go! well, that and being able to find land out here that we can afford .. someday, i hope!

  3. 3 Vern | AimforAwesome said at 1:10 am on June 6th, 2009:

    Great post! I don’t know what a yurt stands for – is it an acronym? But I do like the idea. Living here in Thailand we have the Thai version of a yurt. Ultra-simplistic living with only the bare necessities. Well, plus all the computer stuff I need to run my online businesses. Our small place costs us 3,000 baht per month (about $105). Water? Free. Electric? Free. Government is paying both for all Thais right now for some reason. Food is cheap. Everything is cheap here really.

    Still – not cheap enough for me. At some point in the future I want to make a yurt-like structure on top of a concrete platform – like the wooden platform you have in the picture there. I like the round wall idea and Haven’t seen that in Thailand yet. Someone can figure out the plan I’m sure.

    Probably can have it built for about $9000 USD.

    Now that’s cheap living! Oh – for our monthly expenses we’re looking at total anywhere from $400 to $1000 for two people (another on the way in October (baby)).

    I wrote some articles about living on less – at my blog. Don’t know what your policy is on sharing links as this is my first time posting. If you encourage me to I’ll post a link here.

    Great article and site. I’m reading more since I found you through Leo’s zenhabits link.

  4. 4 marci said at 8:58 am on June 6th, 2009:

    Winds blow too much and too hard here on the coast for that – altho there are some in the state parks that can be rented. Would suggest someone try the park rental before purchase :)

    And good luck with the zoning regulations – here they just don’t accept anything out of the ordinary.

  5. 5 David said at 9:52 am on June 6th, 2009:

    Marci – they are not considered permanent structures, so most of the time zoning laws don’t apply. Also, people live in them in Artic places (and where they orginated, Mongolia) with winds over 100 MPH. So unless a hurricane came through, they actually hold up better than many houses because there are no corners. :)

  6. 6 Tessie said at 8:03 am on June 9th, 2009:

    Go for it, David! I think this is great. I also love Tiny Houses, but I think this might be even better. Cheaper, too.

    I’m very impressed. They are so light filled, and you can still have decent enough space to have all the modern necessities – kitchen, bath, laundry. I never knew that about yurts. If they aren’t considered permanent structures than you probably would save a ton on property taxes, too, which would be great.

  7. 7 marci said at 4:48 pm on June 9th, 2009:

    Cool on the wind capabilities – last winter tho we had 125 mph winds thru here once, and several times over 90 which is well over hurricane strength.

    If it’s not considered permanent, will they allow you to live in it full time then? I just know they are not ‘allowed’ where I live. Bummer :)

    I think they could be the answer to many housing cost problems if they were to be allowed!

  8. 8 MoneyFunk said at 9:33 am on June 10th, 2009:

    I think they are tres cool!

    I remember watching on TV this lady who moved into a yurt for a year in AZ. Just her and her dog. I know she said the coyotes were scary at first or the fact that you could hear every little sound. Never did follow up though to see how it turned out.

    I could see the same… somewhere like Colorado or Oregon summers in the middle of freakin nowhere. As a Vacation home. :)

  9. 9 Jennie said at 9:44 am on June 10th, 2009:

    Love your post and your angle on life! Thanks for the link.

  10. 10 Jason Elliott said at 8:17 am on June 12th, 2009:

    Hi all, we live in a pair of 30 foot yurts. Myself, my wife, and our four children love where we are in life. We live in Ontario, Canada and know what winter and wind are all about…

  11. 11 marci said at 10:48 am on June 12th, 2009:

    These responses have REALLY opened my eyes up to the possibilities of yurts! Wow! It’s not just for camping anymore :)

  12. 12 David said at 4:59 pm on June 15th, 2009:

    Really Jason? Would you care to share your experience and some pics in a guest post? I am sure everyone, including myself, would love to hear more about it!

  13. 13 Kirk said at 1:26 pm on June 17th, 2009:

    Great Post. I am sold! You have captured my dream house and lifestyle. Thank you for the encouragement.

    Kirk

  14. 14 Jason Elliott said at 2:59 pm on June 17th, 2009:

    Here is a link to some info about us,and I am in the process of putting up more pics of interest..

  15. 15 David said at 3:50 pm on June 17th, 2009:

    Thanks Jason, please do let us know when you have info/pics of the yurt situation up on the site!

  16. 16 Colorado Yurt said at 10:24 am on August 6th, 2009:

    Hey there,

    many thanks for your awesome post and thanks for sharing the picture of our yurt near Telluride, CO. Never thought dreaming big could mean something so small. You guys are right, moving into a yurt makes things simple- lets us see how to situate our lives in terms of the detritus versus nature and landscape. More pics and ideas can be found at http://www.coloradoyurt.com
    thanks again,
    sam (the colorado yurt internet guy)

  17. 17 Sarah said at 8:41 pm on August 22nd, 2009:

    My husband and I have been considering yurts for a few years now. Because of bi-laws and other issues, We needed to find a “non permanent” dwelling to put on our land. We purchased, gutted and renovated a mobile home, about 800 sq ft, but require a bit more room for our growing family. So my question is … can I attach a large yurt to our home? and is it really “winterized”. We live in Ontario, very close to nowhere!
    Any info appreciated ;)
    Thanks Sarah

  18. 18 David said at 10:39 am on August 24th, 2009:

    Sarah – You might want to check with a company like http://www.coloradoyurt.com/, as they might be able to give you those kind of answers. Good luck!

  19. 19 Jean said at 11:37 pm on September 21st, 2009:

    Sarah,
    If you check our website at http://www.ttrsracing.com/yurt.htm
    you will see that we are attaching a 30′ yurt to our mobile home. Eventually, we hope to remove the mobile and live in the yurt and the 16′ x 12′ addition. Our planning and zoning department in our county was very agreeable, after we supplied them with engineered plans that met code. We hope to be completely finished by June, 2010.

  20. 20 Petter said at 7:09 am on October 11th, 2009:

    Hey there!
    Moving into a yurt with my two kids is without a doubt one of the best choices I´ve made in life and I could probably go on for hours a bout it, but I´m not. I just want to say do it! The internet is a fantastic pool of inspirational ether but it´s also so very easy to get stuck there with all these fantastic pictures, stories, catalogues and discussion forums. So, get it done! :) Either you´ll be happy enough with tent living to remain that way or you´ll move on to something else but with a fantastic experience in the luggage.

    Big hug!
    Petter,
    who´s about to stack the firewood to keep us warm through the Swedish winter :)

  21. 21 David said at 10:27 am on October 11th, 2009:

    Thanks for the info Petter – if you ever want to write a guest post talking about what you did, would be thrilled to run it!

  22. 22 Jason said at 6:21 pm on October 11th, 2009:

    Hello Again, I would Love to share some of our experaiance with living in our Yurt. We have two 30 foot yurts connected with a 20 foot hallway.We heat primarily with wood, with Propane backup for when we are not here. We have 1200 watts of solar and 1000 watts of wind. We utilize a grey water system and composting toilet. My wife has a large garden and the four kids all have there own green projects. I am not sure how to post pics here so if someone could give me a tip I would love to put some up.

  23. 23 David said at 7:47 am on October 12th, 2009:

    Thanks Jason! Unfortunately, you cannot publish pictures with comments, but thanks for sharing more about your setup!

  24. 24 Jason Elliott said at 3:00 pm on December 27th, 2009:

    Hi again..if you are on facebook do a search of gypsy house and you should find our Yurt pictures

  25. 25 Sarah said at 8:14 pm on December 30th, 2009:

    WOW!!!! Thanks for pics Jason!!! What area of Ontario are you in? (We live about an hour west of Ottawa) And the ice storm we got last week is making me a little nervous ;(
    Thanks
    Sarah

  26. 26 Jason said at 8:26 am on January 1st, 2010:

    We are approx 3/4 hr North of Kingston, We have had no issues with snow or ice yet. but one never knows. honestly, I have walked around on our roof and unless its 4 inch hail I am not worried.

  27. 27 Sam Kigar said at 2:48 pm on January 12th, 2010:

    Hey there,

    wanted to give you a shout out for a nice post. Thanks for using our pics and linking to our site! There was a pretty cool article about a yurt family in the NYTimes recently… a very cool life but I’m with you, I think yurt living should be an adventure and cozy. Check out the nytimes article and my response here:
    http://coloradoyurt.blogspot.com/2010/01/response-to-nytimes-broadband-yes.html
    best,
    Sam

  28. 28 David said at 3:30 pm on January 12th, 2010:

    Cool, thanks for sharing!

  29. 29 Frank said at 10:09 am on January 19th, 2010:

    My buddies sister in-law lives in one full time in Taos New Mexico. From what I understand she has a really nice set up, I’m hoping to visit this spring/summer. That’s the cool thing about places like Taos who allow people to live the way they want. I live in a log cabin on the east coast, and have a camp in the Adirondacks which is just a slapped together framed 800sq building with a porch. I’m thinking about throwing one of these in Colorado or NM as another vacation spot, and to learn more about solar power. I think these things are perfect for the way I like to live! It would be nice to walk through life without leaving a footprint.

  30. 30 Maggie said at 6:24 am on February 2nd, 2010:

    For the past 10 months my husband, myself 2 cats and 2 dogs live in a series of 3 yurts in North of England. When we made a decision to yurt-live we decided on 3 yurts – one 18ft for the living room/kitchen; and two 14ft for a bathroom and bedroom. Initially the question was how to connect them. For several months we played with ideas, cutting up bits of to-scale cardboard and looking at different corridors/porches to join the 3 structures. Husband woke up one day after a Eureka moment and the decision was made to connect them with a specially designed octogan and that is what we have. We have two toilets, one DIY composting toilet for solids and one for liquids which is rinsed by the waste water from the bathroom sink. We also have a sunken bath. My big requirements were that we were warm and dry and the past 10 months have proved our yurt living to be just that. In fact, the multi fuel burner we had specially made from recycled calor gas bottles is fantastic. We have just come through the most severe cold and snow for many years and yet the heat is sometimes painfully hot as I use the stove for cook The whole experience has been amazing. One recent and welcome feature has been getting wireless internet. Would love to share some pics but dont have or want facebook.

  31. 31 David said at 8:28 am on February 2nd, 2010:

    Maggie – If you would like to write an article about your yurt and living in it, and send along some pics, would be happy to run it here on the site. Just let me know!

  32. 32 Maggie said at 7:24 am on February 3rd, 2010:

    Will try to get round to it David and thanks for your interest. When I posted yesterday my comments went into cyberspace before I finished! I was going to add that although the whole project cost a lot more than we planned in financial and physical terms, we dont regret it one bit. Its a mega place to live.

  33. 33 John J said at 1:52 pm on February 14th, 2010:

    Where in California and Oregon can one live in a yurt Full-time on you own Land??

    I have not had any luck?

  34. 34 christy gibson said at 3:40 pm on May 26th, 2010:

    Y’all should check out gear pockets. They are used by some back country yurt excursion outfitters to hang clothing while in the yurts. They are great, simple vertical storage that can be taken with you. I hope to live in a yurt full time before long!

  35. 35 Deschia said at 5:51 pm on July 24th, 2010:

    HI, My partner and I live in New Zealand and are planning on moving into a yurt at the end of this year, we are in the process of getting land and will then build a deck for it. There are a couple of companies here in New Zealand that make yurts that suit our environment.
    http://www.jaiatipis.com/yurts.html
    I can’t wait to live somewhere so cosy and round. I was excited to read your post.

  36. 36 Steph said at 1:33 am on July 27th, 2010:

    Hi I am looking to purchase land and build a yurt, anyone know if its possible in CA, Contra Costa County? pls email me with any ideas, i also plan on installing solar panels.

  37. 37 maud said at 6:23 pm on August 12th, 2010:

    Mendocino county and napa county both allow yurts as permanent living structures. In CA.

  38. 38 maud said at 6:25 pm on August 12th, 2010:

    Also, might anyone be able to tell me how much the platform costs to build (the platform that the yurt sits on)?

  39. 39 Tia Singh - Rock Your Life, Your Way! said at 5:56 pm on August 16th, 2010:

    I see this post was written over a year ago. Curious to know if you up & Yurted!

  40. 40 Tia Singh - Rock Your Life, Your Way! said at 5:57 pm on August 16th, 2010:

    Btw, found you here http://wtfshouldidowithmylife.com/?p=83

    :)

  41. 41 seitensprung said at 2:49 pm on August 20th, 2010:

    may be i will live in a yurt

  42. 42 Beth said at 1:59 pm on September 19th, 2010:

    I’m building my own yurt, 100% mongolian style.

  43. 43 Sherri said at 9:59 pm on September 22nd, 2010:

    Oh, this is my dream. I love my Moby but I really would love a Yurt too! A vacation Yurt… or more realistically, a yurt on a little bit of land, that I could just go and be there and relax and enjoy and live simple… ahhh…. wonderful!

  44. 44 Rhonda said at 8:09 pm on December 11th, 2010:

    I am now 44 and couldn’t care any less about having material things. A car of course, to go to work in. But to me, life is lived outside. Enjoying the beauty and simplicity of things that are free. Living in a yurt in a private place is totally me.

  45. 45 Heather said at 11:58 am on February 9th, 2011:

    I have been dreaming this ame dream for 5 years now and reading your posts is so encouraging! I am ready to live the life instead of just dreaming about it. Due to my husband’s health we need to move to a warm climate year round but I can’t take super hot temp’s so we are both thinking the big island of Hawaii (we both love it there). Anyone know about zoning for yurts there? Any information would be great, thanx! Glad to know that others share this awesome dream of life…

  46. 46 Nicole said at 9:28 am on April 10th, 2011:

    Where near Big Sur did you stay? Cuz it sounds like a fantastic escape.

  47. 47 David said at 8:21 pm on April 18th, 2011:

    http://www.treebonesresort.com/

  48. 48 Denise said at 4:23 pm on June 9th, 2011:

    I was trying to find Jason Elliot’s links. They seem to be invisible on my page.

    My hubby and I recently acquired 2 acres of semi-developed land (electric, no water) in the middle of nowhere and have been having trouble being able to live on it as we aren’t in a position to qualify for a huge loan after I was laid off 2 years ago and still job-hunting.

    (However, what sense does it make to pay rent when we have land paid for free and clear?)

    At any rate, a cousin told us about yurts and now I am so excited! This will allow us an affordable way to stay at the land while we clean it up and prepare it for a permanent structure. Or we may just decide a yurt will suffice indefinitely. :)

    We are in Missouri and having a hard time finding anyone else living this life yet, except for some rentals in Lake of the Ozarks. I really appreciate all the posts so far!!

  49. 49 Scott said at 9:58 am on June 17th, 2011:

    Heather, you probably already have the info you were looking for re: the Big Island. If you want more info check out the City-data.com forums for HI. Search for “YurtGirl” and read through some of her posts. She works with the Colorado Yurt people and is all over the requirements for getting land, permits, etc. She has been in business a long time and I hope to use her services someday soon. Good Luck.
    Thank you for this great forum David.

  50. 50 Michael said at 1:22 pm on July 1st, 2011:

    I’m looking into living out of a yurt in Western Maine for the next few years. Can anyone suggest a good resource for me in the Northeast? I have no idea how to get this done.
    Thx

  51. 51 David said at 1:13 pm on July 4th, 2011:

    I would suggest talking to the people at Colorado Yurts or another yurt maker, to design/order a yurt that matches your climate. Good luck!

  52. 52 Heritage Farm said at 6:20 pm on July 6th, 2011:

    I am moving my vegetable farming operation from a dairy farm to a vacant 18 acre parcel owned by a friend. While I have permission from the landowner to put up any living structure I choose, I have decided on a 30′ yurt. Because I don’t own the land, it doesn’t make sense to build a house…and a mobile home would be fine, but a yurt is better by far. I’m still in the pre-planning stages and don’t know what obstacles I’ll hit with the township/zoning/etc, but here’s the plan: a 30′ yurt from Blue Ridge Yurts in Floyd, VA (I live in PA) with 10′ walls so we can build a roomy loft. We’ll run our gray water to a dry well and have a composting toilet so there’s no need for a septic. Eventually, we plan to add on 1 or 2 more smaller yurts as “bedrooms.” We’ll heat with a corn stove (burns cleaner and more efficiently than wood in my experience) with portable, electric quartz-infrared heaters at backup. Wish me luck!

  53. 53 Summer said at 7:46 pm on July 7th, 2011:

    i want to live in a yurt but my idea would be even simpler than that. its a dream really but i dont know if i will ever accomplish it the way i want to. the kind of yurt living i would want would probably be quite hard as i would have no plumbing or most of the modern things. i would want internet but thats easy. i think there are wifi adapters you can get and get internet anywhere, you just have to pay a bill but thats ok. and solar panels could solve the problem of power i think although thats kind of a long shot. i would like a yurt that i can easily move by myself but on every site i go to it says that a good sized and good quality yurt needs at least 2 ppl setting it up. i wonder though, if its possible to live alone in a yurt and be able to set up and move it by myself. but one that i could live in all year around.

    yeah im going for the most simple nomadic kind of yurt, but so far this dream seems to be out of reach for many reasons.

  54. 54 Chris said at 12:20 pm on February 17th, 2012:

    I was interested in this recently, and asked my mother for her opinion on yurts.com (she’s more knowledgeable about alternative housing). Here’s her response — hopefully you find it helpful!

    Enjoyed looking at the site.

    1. The prices listed where deceptively low… meaning they didn’t include the pretty big cost of the foundation construction, electrical hook-up, plumbing and various options. Also, for the price listed, you get the kit. I’m sure it costs a pretty penny to have the company assemble it for you. My guess is that after all of the real costs, you’d pay closer to $20,000 for a ready-to-move-into yurt, than the $5000 listed for the smallest one. And if you didn’t go for the whole set-up and just bought the kit as is, why not just buy a tent. For $5000 you could get several pretty impressive, warm tents.

    2. For twenty thousand, you might as well buy a trailer. You could for sure get a used trailer for less than that. Trailers have straight lines and thus more easily used space. For instance… it’s tricky to put furniture or kitchen cabinetry up against a circular wall. You would have to have custom built for them to not look odd. The circular wall would not hold any weight at all… for anything…. like pictures, art, sconces, shelves. That’s okay. I’m just saying it has to be considered. Also, you need to like the look of lattice because that’s what you’ll be looking at.

    3. I also put yurts in the same category as trailers when it comes to safety. Meaning… they’ll be carried away in a whirlwind or smashed to smithereens by even a small tornado. In Missouri it would be most unwise to live in a trailer or a yurt and only the poorest people do so at their own risk… because they can’t afford a safer option.

    4. Living in a yurt would be like a vacation cabin in the woods, or by the lake… I guess. But, it’s not an option I would go for year round. And, it’s not an option I would put a family through full time. It’s a novelty that would be fun on occasion, but would quickly wear thin if it were my permanent living conditions.

    5. Only two reasons I can see for buying a yurt kit, and those are… a yurt gives a feeling of open head space more than a traditional trailer, or, a person wants to buy into a cultural connotation… like dressing in a certain way to be part of a certain group which in this case is the “environmentally minded”.

    6. So true yurt living to me is someone who builds it from scratch themselves. Then you have someone really interacting conservatively with their environment… plus, you could possible have it “live-in ready” for $5000. That means a less permanent foundation, make shift electricity, an out house or composting toilet and maybe one water faucet (cold only). But you’d have to have some skills.

  55. 55 Natchi said at 4:51 pm on April 8th, 2012:

    I love your blog. Absolutely brilliant. I have a friend name David who moved to a yurt years ago in Hamilton, Ontario. I was so impressed by his decision to make a yurt his permanent dwelling that I made a documentary about it. Let me know what you think. Here is a trailer: http://www.roadslesstraveled.tv/trailer. Let me know what you think? I’m looking to transfer to an unconventional lifestyle of my own. How do people find living in a yurt as a permanent dwelling? Any advice? I’m interested.

    Natchi

  56. 56 Carly said at 2:18 am on June 4th, 2012:

    I live in a little tiny house the size of a studio apartment with separate laundry and bathrooms. People make fun of me for it but I love it!! One of my uncles and his wife actually do live in a yurt. It’s really fantastic. They actually have two, one is a very small one that they use as a bedroom and the other they use as their living space. With a sky light and wood stove, it is super toasty in the winter .. much cheaper and easier to heat than a normal home. My dream is to just have a simple, humble cabin-style home or a modest Victorian .. but I’ve always thought of a yurt guest house.

  57. 57 Frank | Modern Monkey Mind said at 5:59 pm on June 11th, 2012:

    Both yurt living and tiny houses sound appealing to me. Before seeing this post I’d never actually considered yurts an option. I wonder what zoning rules are like when it comes to putting up a yurt in the city?

  58. 58 Karla said at 4:50 pm on July 22nd, 2012:

    I really, really want to live in a yurt – I will make it happen. I have a calling to live closer to the earth, and be in sync. with the natural rhythms and cycles. I have just started researching what it will take… I anticipated the cost of land being the most daunting, but I am finding the cost of installing solar energy is no walk in the park either! I have a vision in my mind of what it will look like, now I just need to figure out the logistics. Your blog is fantastic, and is giving me a lot to think about. Many thanks to you, and everyone who has posted!

    Natchi… I watched the trailer to your documentary – it looks fantastic and I can’t wait till I can find a way to watch the whole thing!

  59. 59 Mindy said at 12:36 pm on September 17th, 2012:

    Natchi…that documentary trailer looks great! How and where can I watch it? Karla – I hear ya! I totally am thinking of buying an acre of land that backs to national forest and building a small, simple cottage, log cabin or possibly yurt! I so want to be surrounded and connected with nature…it’s like a spiritual thing for me when I’m surround by nature!

  60. 60 Kim in a kayak said at 1:55 pm on November 1st, 2012:

    I just spent seven months in a 12′ diameter yurt in New England. I was living and working as a campground assistant and it was a very cool experience. I wrote about it on my blog Kim in a Kayak here at http://kiminakayakblog.blogspot.com/2012/11/my-seven-months-in-yurt_1.html

  61. 61 Michael said at 12:59 am on February 13th, 2013:

    I also went through a long period of yearning for the simplistic and cozy structure that is called the yurt. Spent a few years cleaning out a place on our 6 secluded acres, got water well drilled, ran power to the site. When it was time to purchase the yurt however, I realized that a stronger and cheaper “tent” was available… I had a 24′ by 30′ pole barn built. It has a 4″ concrete slab, r13 insulation, 4 real windows (2 on each end), and two residential doors. The metal is painted and has a 20 year warranty, I have 10′ walls and the inside is completely open, all 720 square feet. Here’s the coolest thing… it only cost me $12,300 to have the thing built. Cheaper than a yurt, stronger than a yurt, and it will last much, much longer than a yurt… Eventually, I would like to have another built beside it a with and tie them both together with a hall. Please, PLEASE consider this before you spend so much money on a structure that will not last very long.

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    Rural living has many advantages. Access to emergency care is usually not one of them. Just one of those things I never gave much thought to until…..
    There is something special about living in the round.

  65. 65 sarah lecouffe axtell said at 7:21 pm on February 17th, 2014:

    Do we live in a yurt that we built ourselve? Yes! Since september we’ve been living in a our yurt home (23ft diameter, some 415 square feet) that was constructed from mostly repurposed materials. We put in just over 4,000. Check out our blog for inspiration, ideas or just for fun: theyurtisborn.wordpress. We’d love to hear from yall. About organizing space… After living in the yurt for some 6 months through the winter we’ve come to realise how important it will be to build custom storage units in 2014 – indeed! The time spent through the winter has reinforced how having less material possessions and consuming less of the earth gifts is a first, before over focusing on organizing things we can gladly live without. Thanks for your thoughts. Cheers, Sarah


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