I live in a yurt. I love living in a yurt. At one point I imagined that I might teach you all how to build your own yurt. I was going to do the Super Internet Tutorial of the World, and lay it all out, in seventeen steps. Build Your Very Own Yurt, Today!

But I never got around to it. At some point I had to admit this was the kind of never-getting-around-to-it like, “Someday I’m going to learn how to levitate.” Hello…! I can’t, myself, write a tutorial on this. I don’t know enough. It is a big thing, to make a yurt from scratch, much bigger than egg noodles or bread or yogurt.

It is a big thing to make a yurt, but then again, it may be easier than you think. If all this gets you thinking that you’d like to build one, check out our YouTube channel, or contact us. You can comment or email me and I can put you in touch with Nick.

In the meantime: three bullet points, two links and seventeen pictures…about a yurt.

WHY DO WE LIVE IN A YURT?  THREE REASONS, WHY.

1) Efficiency of materials. The yurt does not have solid walls. And yet, by a miracle of wise engineering, it is sturdy and structurally sound, even for a winter in the foothills. We budged $1000, working quite a bit from found and reclaimed materials. Even way over our budget we ended up at $1900. Which is not a lot of money for a place to live.

2) The yurt is portable. It breaks down into constituent parts and fits into the back of a truck. If we are threatened by fire, we can take it down. If we choose to move away, we can take it down. The ground underneath the cinder block and pallet wood foundation would regenerate pretty easily.

3) It’s a round room. You don’t know how much you would like living in a round room, because you’ve never tried it. But it feels good. There are no cold corners, no dark corners, no wasted space. And you look up into a domed ceiling at night. No wonder it’s so trendy.

TWO TIMES I’VE WRITTEN ABOUT A YURT, BEFORE

About a Yurt, Part One and About a Yurt, Part Two.

AND…SEVENTEEN PICTURES

Some of these were taken on site, a lot were taken during our trial set-up in Nick’s brother’s cozy backyard. Enjoy!


full yurt picture