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Some thoughts on yurt living…

People are always asking me if I have any tips or insights about yurt living. Well I definitely do, but I always wonder, what are they interested in knowing about? So I’ll just touch on a few, and keep this fun!

Yurtin' in the winter!

First of all, my favorite thing about yurt living is the sound. It’s just like camping. I love to hear the birds and squirrels scurry about. When it’s raining, the sound of raindrops can be louder than a conversation. I once had a friend spend the night, and didn’t sleep a wink because it poured rain all night.  I think it’s like a sweet lullaby…

Just as it’s nice to hear all the sounds, people can hear you. So if your mother-in-law is spending the night next door (20 ft away) you may want to keep the noises (ahem) down.

The big question people always worry about is whether or not we stay warm in the winter. Since yurts were desinged in Mongolia where its freezing for long stretches oftime, they are easy to warm up. However, keep in mind that yurts are glamorous tents and so their temperature changes with the outside temperature.

A woodstove makes nice heat in a yurt!

When you heat the yurt, it warms up fast with the insulation, but it does not hold the heat for long periods of time. So consider the large volume of space for the square footage. Think of all the space above you that gets heated, and possibly consider building a loft.

We choose to heat our yurt with propane. That’s only because we don’t stay in it all day, we’re in and out, and find keeping a fire hot all day is not efficient energy use. We have a customer who loves infrared heat. Many of our customers choose wood stoves. These are all good options, it really depends what your needs are.

The last big concern I hear over and over is about going to the bathroom. There are several options here, and they range from quite luxurious to quite primitive. You can always choose to get running water and install a septic system. We prefer more “environmental” choices though. We use composting toilets, and have also seen people use outhouses and traditional poop and bury systems. Whatever method you choose, shit happens! ;)

Outhouses are one solution to bathrooms…

As you consider your living needs, please realise that you can live it up or down as much as you want. One of our customers in Tennessee is getting ready to live the most incredibly sustainable life, with goats and solar power, and asked me if she should down size her shoe collection. My response: absolutely not! Let’s build a custom shoe rack. Why should we give up all our luxuries? Let’s glamp in style in a Laurel Nest Yurt!!

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yurtmanI live in a little sustainable minded yurt village in western NC near AshevilleView all posts by yurtman →