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post #101 of 158
Via TreeHugger, I found a company that makes and sells traditional yurts, made by Mongolian people. The insulation is felt. Here's a link:

Groovy Yurts

And the post from TreeHugger that pointed me there:

Yurts. Not Just For Hippies Anymore.

Prices are pretty great, too!
post #102 of 158
I LOVED reading this thread very inspiring! Tanks for all the good tips everyone! We are looking for property on Vancouver Island where we live to put up a yurt!!
post #103 of 158
Ah, my husband and I are just starting to get into the idea of getting a yurt. One question I have, though, to those that have had one. Roughly how much would you say it cost to have it all put together? The floor, water, electricity, etc etc? Just trying to get an idea if a yurt is feasible with the money we'd have when selling our home.
post #104 of 158
i am so excited about this! as is DH now. i can't thank you enough for all the info.
post #105 of 158
I know the last time this was up was awhile ago - but I just found this thread because DH and I have decided to (hopefully) purchase and live in a yurt in the near future! I was searching for yurt living info and this is one of the links that came up on google! I love this forum so much already!

now...if only I could find land to put my yurt on and someone to learn how to grow food from....
post #106 of 158
Good evening, yurt dwelling mamas!

So how about geodesic domes? Anyone mamas living in a dome?
Or should that be another thread. . .

I am in the process of obtaining some land that I'm contemplating putting a dome on. I like yurts, too, but domes are even more round! (Can't get enough circles into my life, LOL.)

One of the things I love about domes is that the structure itself is extraordinarily solid. It can serve as an acrobatic belaying object! One of my plans is to rig some ropes from which to attach our trapeze bar and twizzler set!
post #107 of 158
If you like round, skip the geodesic domes and google monolithic domes. Those are AWESOME.
post #108 of 158

Because I think this is exactly what I've been looking for!

I'd love to sell my house and go buy land and a yurt and live simply and mortgage free.

I Fly, how is it going? Update, please!
post #109 of 158
Does anyone have more than one yurt connected? I have 4 kids and a dh who likes to play guitar, so I would need a couple attached to a main one to seperate us all. Does anyone have any experience?

Can you have a basement and then a yurt on top somehow? I live in tornado country, so that's a worry.
post #110 of 158
Originally Posted by kittywitty View Post
Does anyone have more than one yurt connected? I have 4 kids and a dh who likes to play guitar, so I would need a couple attached to a main one to seperate us all. Does anyone have any experience?
Its funny you would ask this question as this whole thread I have been contemplating the same thing! I know it is about living simply, but I would like one bigger one and then a smaller one for the kids.
post #111 of 158
If anyone wants any books on Yurts or Mortgage Free Living, let me know. I have 3, but i already had them and forgot to take them off my amazon wish list and got them as a gift so they are still brand new.

Kittywitty, Ive seen some yurts that have hurricane kits and at least one news report of a yurt that remained during a monsoon or something like that. But you could easily lay a foundation and basements and put the yurt over it.

Right now i'm trying to find information about insulation. I just cannot convince my husband that a yurt would be adequately insulated for Canadian winters.

That, and his fear of bears and critters.
post #112 of 158
I've been wondering about connecting yurts, too, and how well that would work. Right now we live in a two family with my parents on the first floor and us on the second, so we'd really like to stay living at least very close by. I think it would be cool to have a one yurt with a communal living area, kitchen, and bathroom, and then have two others connected, one for my family, and one for my parents.

I also wonder what would happen when my kids are older, when we want our *ahem* privacy, and when they will too..
post #113 of 158
I love the idea of a basement underneath. Anyone have experience?
post #114 of 158

What about the county???

Hi Folks!

I am new here, and like many, I am in the process of living my dream as well here in Oregon.

The one thing that I keep thinking about is all the county codes about what we "can" live in by law... does anyone have info on this??? I think that we should be able to live the way we want - as long as it doesn't violate laws or hurt the environment, but I am concerned about the government coming in and telling me that I am violating code by living in a yurt.

Any insight on this would be greatful!!

post #115 of 158
Most places it doesnt violate any code. As for the person who mention the basement I have seen it done. I cant remember the link if I find it I will post it.
post #116 of 158
I would appreciate that link! I would have to have a basement for my own personal safety concerns here in the midwest.
post #117 of 158
heres one:
I coudnt find the one I was looking for. I have just way too much stuff saved
about yurts!
post #118 of 158
Oh and I like to add the one I was looking for was a very nice well done basement. It just depends on how much you want to spend. We wont be putting one in ours but we dont really need one.
post #119 of 158
I just joined because of your nice little discussion here. Its nice to see how many people are interested in living in yurts after hearing that your crazy for even thinking of it from most people. I have a 30' pacific yurt that mostly is 20 years old.

I got interested in yurts from Mother Earth News magazine probaly around 2 years ago and decided that we needed to live in one. Fortunately I have a beautiful dw who puts up with all my craziness and likes to try new things! So anyway I started telling anyone who would listen about these really cool things called yurts and that we wanted to live in one.

Everyone thought I was crazy and pretty much still do, but one guy I know told me he had seen some and actually they were only about two miles from where i grew up. I thought he must not really know what I'm talking about, people around here have no clue what they even are let alone live in one, but drove out to the country anyways. I found the road he told me, drove down it a mile and sure enough there in the middle of a little apple orchard were two old yurts connected by a little wooden hallway. Noone was around but I looked at the mailbox got the last name and started searching.

Long story sort-of-short I got there number (from the mailman who has delivered mail to my parents the last twenty years and was there cousin!) contacted them and found out they were selling the land and the yurts. They had to move out of state for a job relocation but had lived in the yurts for over 14 years and loved every minute. They had electric, plumbing, and even internet in there yurts. They had connected an 18 foot yurt to the 30 using a framed hallway and facing the doors on each end to make a mother in law apartment.

It looked like it worked just fine for them. We are in minnesota also and have very cold winters but they did not have a problem heating it with their wood stove. Anyway I finally own the 30' yurt and the land (they wanted the 18') and my wife and our children are moving in there just as soon as we can sell our house and get rid of our mortgage. I built two bedrooms and a bathroom with a loft above all for my dw and I. I insulated all the interior walls and bedroom ceilings with blown cellouse (recycled newspaper) insulation for the noise issue and to keep some heat down low. And am just doing finishing stuff now like flooring and trim. They can look very nice inside if you take a little time and creativity.

We have spent multiple nights in ours and love it! I will try to take some pictures and post them. I also would agree with saying pacific yurts has the best customer service of any company around! I called them to order some new window covers and things and they were so nice and friendly and the one lady even remembered the oringinal owners name with out me even telling her! It had been over 8 years since they had talked to them!!! I am eventually going to connect a second yurt for more living space as money allows and the kids get older but there always is the great outdoors and thats why we are doing this in the first place. Hi Yurtdwellingmama, good to know there are other yurt dwellers it this cold state!
post #120 of 158
Welcome, Ecodad! It's great to hear about your new home.
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