How About A Yurt?

By on August 6, 2005

The new issue of my favorite magazine — This Old House — showed up yesterday, and they’ve got a great article on modern-day yurts. They’re not just for nomads anymore.

The TOH article focused on yurts built by an outfit called Pacific Yurts. The company claims that their structures can be used year-round in just about any location. The packages they sell start out at about $4,100 (US) for a 12 foot diameter yurt; all you’d need to provide is a platform to put it on. You can also choose larger yurts (with larger price tags, of course) and add all manner of options to them to better suit your needs. Their website has some neat interactive stuff on it, like the “Virtual Build” Flash presentation, and the Price Quote sheet.

Ok, so the yurt may not be a terribly practical structure for human habitation. But you’ve got to admit they are kinda cool. And I just like the word “yurt”.



  1. How can you say that the yurt is not terribly practical? It has been used for quite some time by people in the steppes of Mongolia. It is similar to the tipis of the NA Indian which we know have been around for a few years. Hopefully, they won’t become the “next best thing” that anyone who is anyone must have.

  2. That is, yurts are not terribly practical for those of us living in North America. Doubtful that a yurt would pass muster on local building codes for human habitation. If building codes don’t apply I’m sure they’d be fine, but I doubt that most municipalities would allow them for anything more than occasional use.

    Sorry for not being more clear on that point.

  3. Yurts? The Canadian Armed Forces used to call them “Bell Tents” and I can state that at -20F they are warm and comfy – assuming you are in a seven layer winter sleeping bag and have no need or desire to ever leave it :-|

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