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#1 of 10 Old 02-02-2007, 11:27 PM - Thread Starter
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We are renters and are tired of paying someone else's mortgage. My husband and I are thinking about buying some land and living in a walltent for a year or two before we can afford to build. We are considering living on my inlaws land if we can't find any that we can afford. We have two boys who are 8 months old and 3 years old. They have always lived in a conventional house. My husband and I spent a lot of time traveling, camping and love the outdoors.

Does anyone live in a yurt or wall tent with their family? How is it? What are the challenges? I would love to hear from anyone who can share their experience.

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Wow. We thought about temporary shelter while we built but decided that with the kids it would be too hard. We are saving to build a straw bale house while we rehab an old home on 20.5 acres. (if our offer gets accepted, we find out tomorrow!) Good luck if you go through with it but we decided finding an exisitng stucure on land that was made for building (we have a beautiful souther exposued hill) was the way to go with yougins! What are you looking to build?
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*bump* my husband and I are considering this for a few months in the spring while we are putting up our straw bale. The wall tents look very interesting. Hadn't seen one before.
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I have not, but would in a heart beat. On another forum I visit there are numerous of folks that do this as well as a family that lived in a walled tent in Alaska for a winter before building.

Humans can survive many things, it's just what you are willing to put up with that is the limiting factor.

You can do a search within this forum and find several other posts, here are just two of them but search for yurt within this board and you will find 4 pages of information.

Yurtdwellingmama is a poster on this board and they live in a yurt and she talks about it fairly frequently.
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My father and I were hunting in Northern Canada in the cold damp fall one October.We were staying in our old school bus with a 3 burner propane stove for heat.It was very uncomfortable the first night.:Then we drove over to my Grandfathers camp.He had a wall Tent set up with a cozy woodstove.I slept on a cot that night near the small woodstove and I was in HEAVEN !I didn't know that a person could make themselves this comfortable in the damp wet fall.Now I am negotiating with my wife to try living like this for 2 years.She loves the woods as much as I do but she also loves our dream home in Suburbia.I'll bet after 2 years in the B.C. Gulf Islands we won't want to return to HEELISH Suburbia.
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we looked at both yurts and a wall tents and have decided to buy a 30ft used RV. We will be pouring a large concrete parking area with a tin roof cover for rain catching.

We found the rv will be cheaper to purchase I feel a little more secure against 2 and 4 legged predators and the 12volt RV electrical is easy to convert to Solar.

We also have a large tent we will use for extra space during spring and summer.

We hope to have enough of our hay bale home done to move out of the RV in 12-18 months
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We are planning on living in a yurt if we can ever get our house together to sell. It will not be temporary though, we will be living in it for quite a while with our 3 boys. We figure eventually we will probably need to add something else of some kind once the boys get to be teenagers but we have some time.
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Somewhere farther back on this list is a post about yurt living that I posted. It has photos. I think economically the poster with the RV idea is right on. The yurt or wall tent is a great option, but really, it's just your shell, then you need to install a kitchen, bathroom facilities, etc. By the time we were done with all that, and a water system and power system, we had spent around $50K. But living in a trailer would be tight with 2 kiddos. We have one child (2 yrs) and we appreciate the spaciousness of our yurt.

It's all about what works best for your family. It is a stress on everyone to be cramped up in a small space, but also stressful to spend a lot of money on a temporary housing situation. I think it's best to spend enough that you are comfortable if your house takes longer to build than you think (Cuz it WILL), but spend little enough that you don't significantly break into funds you could use for long term infrastructure.

Depending on your area, it might also be worth it to rent while you save and build. Sometimes I wish we had done this....

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That sounds really cool. Living in a wall tent while building a house. I guess any excuse to live in a tent sounds like fun. Do you just go without power or do you have a generator hooked up?
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We lived in a pacific dome for many years with 2 kiddos...
we got the 24 ft and put an upstairs loft area that was a large sleeping area- that way we did not need sleeping arrangements on the living area floor- also the way heat rises- we were much warmer up there on the cold desert nights in New Mexico highlands....
I miss the days of living mortgage free, but some things were tough-
we had solar power-fine, water had to be hauled-that sucked sometimes, bathing in the cold creek- okay most of the year, propane and woodstove cooking- that was fine-most of the year, having to go to the out (it was not an outhouse, just a composting toilet dug into the side of the hill) in the middle of the nite- scary for the kids with the huge rattlers...
lovedlovedloved the big starry sky and the feel of living outside.....
completely doable with children
it did not work for up due to proximity- we were soooo rural that as our kids got older and really involved in sports and life... we found the distance to town to be too much. we still own it though, and dh and i will be there the day after ds2 finishes highschool!!!! or if the sh$% hit the fan- we have a rural place with a good spring to go and ride out the whatevermaycome!!
peace mama- go for it
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