What in the world is a yurt!? Well, the best way that I can describe it is that it’s a cross between a tipi (tent in the shape of an upside down cone) and an igloo, in that it is short, round and somewhat pointy.
Yurts are native to nomadic Mongolians and literally means ”Home” in their language. These types of housing are very spacious on the inside despite the deceiving look from the outside.
You can find a few videos on YouTube but I kinda like this one most because it gives you a thorough explanation of what a yurt is as well as a pretty extensive tour of the yurt and how one lives in one; electricity, cooking and all.
Yurts are unconventional but very cozy. What an experience to be in such an organic space. No angular walls. It is 360 degrees of perfection. And you don’t feel cramped in either with a high ceiling. Aprox. 12 feet high from floor to summit which slopes upward and comes to a peak in the center of the room. Some even come with a skylight that lets a lot of natural light in.
It sleeps several people comfortably. Anywhere upward of 4 to 6, even 8 people no problem. How many conventional homes allow you such flexible accommodation is such a small space?
The beauty of Yurts as with many tiny homes is that it is mobile. With its accordion-like walls, you could fold the entire structure in and easily transport it to another location. This is due in part to the walls that are pretty thin but very well insulated with several layers of insulation. You can even get a yurt with windows. They come decked out with a bug screen, plastic covering as an alternative to glass and a window covering made of the strong yet very flexible material that the yurt exterior walls are made of. These windows in addition to the skylight and you’re all set man. Alls you need is a lamp or some sort of lantern come nightfall and you’re good to go. One light is sufficient to light up the entire yurt so this style of living is extremely energy efficient.
One source of energy is wood. Yurts usually come equipped with a wood burning fireplace. Other than wood, in the event that you do need electricity, it can be supplied by the sun with solar panels. I mention this in my WHY you should consider living in an alternative way. You can check that out for more information.
This is a great way to live completely off-grid at a ridiculously low price. Now, I don’t know about you, but for me, this is the best feature yet about this style of living. It is totally affordable and allows you to live debt free.
If you haven’t already, take a peek at my post of Alternative Homes.