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Building A Yurt From Scratch: Resources. Yurts (and more interestingly to us, Gers) are front and center on the Milkwood research table currently.

Building A Yurt From Scratch: Resources

How To Live In A Yurt: 11 Steps (With Pictures) Edit Article Edited by Colette, Flickety, Carolyn Barratt, Jordan and 11 others A yurt (ger) is a very basic, traditional tent-like structure favored over centuries by nomadic Turkic peoples stretching from Mongolia to Central Anatolia.

How To Live In A Yurt: 11 Steps (With Pictures)

The yurt has traveled well over time from basic living quarters for nomads and soldiers, to hippie or recluse housing, to very modernized versions today that are used often in the recreation industry for "get-away" experiences. And yurts can also be places of residence for people who want to live without too many encumbrances and yet still be comfortable, have access to power and technology (if wished), and remain budget-conscious.

If you want to know if yurt-living might be for you whether for a season or for life, consider the following suggestions. Ad Steps 1Bear in mind the point of your yurt. Yurta: The Optimized Yurt. OK, yurts are no longer a bad hippie joke; they are light and efficient and a viable alternative to traditional construction.

Yurta: The Optimized Yurt

We have shown traditional Mongolian yurts, learned from David Masters that living in a yurt is quite comfortable, and seen "updated" yurts before; From near Ottawa, Canada comes the Yurta, Marcin Padlewski and Anissa Szeto's reinvention of the traditional nomadic dwelling. "The main structure, visible on the inside, is made of wood; showcasing the natural feel and aesthetic qualities of the Yurta (such as the frame) The outer covers are sewn with great care and precision and can be made of various materials, like marine canvas or polyesters.

"- if you compare it to David's Pacific Oregon yurt, it appears far lighter and more open than the more traditional designs. "The circular space is simply beautiful; combining the finest elements of traditional and modern designs. Wattle & Daub Yurt. Posted by Jeffrey | Posted in Earthen Yurt | Posted on 23-06-2012 Tags: aprovecho, bamboo, daub, earthen, kiko denzer, natual building, reciprocal roof, wattle, wattle and daub, yurt Project led by: Kiko Denzer Location: Aprovecho, Cottage Grove, OR Date: August 2012 This earthen yurt was built as part of the ‘sustainable shelter series’ at Aprovecho. The yurt is made from site harvested bamboo, lashed together using recycled bailers twine. It features a reciprocal roof, meaning that every beam is supported by all the beams in front, and in turn supports all behind it. The beauty of the yurt is the circular space it contains, we live so often in box shaped houses with box shaped rooms.

The project made me think a lot about the underused power of the circle in architecture and society. The bamboo framework The bamboo framework anchors into the deck The wattle is woven into the yurt framework, notice the tire which aided the raising of the reciprocal roof The reciprocal roof. Gotta Getta Ger (Yurt) We have the land.

Gotta Getta Ger (Yurt)

We have a house we are selling. Our next step is to move all our stuff and us over TO the land and build our home. Although we love to camp, and in recent history here in Texas, we could lay out all of our stuff in the naked meadow after June 1st without fear of a raindrop touching it before October, some sort of shelter seems prudent. *This article is not about LIVING in a Ger (yurt), but about the choosing, research and shopping end of the process. The assemblage and living part will be another story… Unless you have found a place with a home already on it (my last two homesteads have been one of these), or have a lot of money lying idle and can afford to build your new house while living in your old house (I’ve heard some people can actually do this, although no one in my social circle can claim such high finance), you’ll be faced with the dilemma of where to live in the ‘between time’.

None of these options are open to us because: Thus began “YurtQuest”. I was happy. Cozy, Affordable Home: Yurt. In 1996, I bought 10 acres in Saranac Lake, N.Y.

Cozy, Affordable Home: Yurt

At the time, I was living in Pennsylvania, but I had visited small town New York several years before while visiting Paul Smith Forestry College, and I had always wanted to return. Following the death of my father and getting divorced, it seemed a good time to start on my dream. Until I was able to move to Saranac Lake permanently, I worked many hours at a utility company and spent my vacations camping on the land with my two kids.

Yurt Living in Upstate New York. I discovered Louis Johnson’s yurt on facebook and contacted him and he agreed to let me share some of his photos of his home.

Yurt Living in Upstate New York

Louis will tell you a little bit about living in a yurt in upstate New York. Their yurt is built by the Colorado Yurt Company. This winter has proved to be a cold one as well, but we had a better handle on our wood harvesting this year and are in good shape. We estimate that we will use between 3 and 4 cord this year… only one more really cold month to go. Our PV system is small and has a generator plug in to supplement power when needed. This past year we have made a couple of low tec improvements to the yurt. The Construction Of A Yurt. How We Made Our Own Gher Or Yurt. Build A Mongolian Yurt. Pacific Yurts Time-Lapse Setup. Build A Portable Home - A Mongolian Yurt.

Hand-Built By Friends, A Wooden Yurt. Photos: Liz Vidyarthi via Re-Nest Yurts: they're not just for hippies anymore.

Hand-Built By Friends, A Wooden Yurt

With 2010 being officially declared as The Year of the Yurt by some, no wonder vendors have been popping up left and right recently, each hawking various updated versions of the traditional nomad home (made from canvas, wood, synthetics or even garbage). But even old yurts can have something fresh to say, like this 250 square-foot beauty nestled in the Adirondacks. Hand-built 34 years ago by the Farrell family and their friends, this amazing project shows that the yurt was merely a start for something bigger. Apartment Therapy's green-living spinoff blog Re-Nest toured the Farrell family's yurt retreat. Cathy and Greg Farrell were inspired by the work of modern yurt pioneer William Coperthwaite, who adapted the traditional Mongolian design of using poles and felt coverings to a sawn-timber framework with tapered walls -- which allowed them to install a hobbit-style door.

Home Work: The Yurts of Bill Coperthwaite COP-02. Insulated Earthbag Foundations for Yurts. Note: If you’re new to earthbag building, first read the introductory Step-by-Step Earthbag Building and How to Build an Earthbag Roundhouse .

Insulated Earthbag Foundations for Yurts

This Instructable includes complete step-by-step instructions on how to make an insulated earthbag foundation. You can use the same process to make insulated foundations for any type of structure – straw bale, earthbag, cordwood, etc.