Our Yurt Home Project

Welcome to our Yurt Design page! Jeremy and I have decided to live in a non-convetional home and we chose to go with a Yurt. Now, when I think about our future home, I can not imagine living in something else other than our round house. It all stareted with the idea moving to Arkansas and living off the grid. First, I had suggested living in a converted old bus, as I continued to look for alternatives, I stumbled upon Mongolian Yurts, I was thrilled with the idea of a round house with a huge skylight in the middle.

Picture of Yurt

Yurt History

A traditional yurt or ger is a portable, round tent covered with skins or felt and used as a dwelling by nomads in the steppes of Central Asia. The structure comprises an angled assembly or latticework of pieces of wood or bamboo for walls, a door frame, ribs (poles, rafters), and a wheel (crown, compression ring) possibly steam-bent. The roof structure is often self-supporting, but large yurts may have interior posts supporting the crown. The top of the wall of self-supporting yurts is prevented from spreading by means of a tension band which opposes the force of the roof ribs. Modern yurts may be permanently built on a wooden platform; they may use modern materials such as steam-bent wooden framing or metal framing, canvas or tarpaulin, Plexiglas dome, wire rope, or radiant insulation. Yurts have been a distinctive feature of life in Central Asia for at least three thousand years. The first written description of a yurt used as a dwelling was recorded by the ancient Greek historian Herodotus. He described yurt-like tents as the dwelling place of the Scythians, a horse riding-nomadic nation who lived in the northern Black Sea and Central Asian region from around 600 BC to AD 300.

Yurt Details.

Our yurt will be built by Smiling Woods Yurts, they are located in Washington and specialize in builing Yurts. We had initially decided to go with a yurt 35 ft in diameter, but after watching a Youtube videso where someone suggested drawing the size of the structure on the ground, we upgraded to the larger model. The Sequoia is a 41 ft diameter home and has walls that will be 9ft tall. There will be a total of 32 walls and 32 roof segments. The skylight will be over 20ft high in the middle of the house. We watched some videos of people that are currently living off the grid in Yurts and we decided, (mostly me) that it was just too exposed to the weather. I cannot tolerate the cold weather very well and since this will be our forever home we decided to look for more.

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