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Living in a Yurt Full Time

Using yurts for living has been happening for a long time

Are your friends campers?

There’s at least one that either lives or has lived in a yurt full time.

If you’ve talked to him about it, you can skip the article.

If not, you can learn now how the yurt is a great alternative to more traditional houses.

Benefits of a Yurt Life

Yurts have a lot of benefits

Affordability

One of the prime benefits of living the yurt life is that it can be very affordable.

If you want to live in a traditional house, you not only will need a lot more materials to set it up, but also a lot more capital to build one versus a yurt.

Another plus is that yurts are often exempted from taxes, so you won’t have to pay any property tax.

Flexibility and Mobility

With a yurt house, you have complete freedom of flexibility and mobility, as yurts are easy to move from one place to another place.

So if your job involves moving from place to place like a digital nomad, this is the perfect fit house for you.

They can also be set up and taken down very easily.

If you are a traveler and travel the world going to far distant places, you’ll be able to easily move a yurt home with the help of a vehicle, making things much more practical.

Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Living

It’s 2024: you no longer can ignore the environment

With the increasing use of concrete and other materials for building houses instead of the natural materials used back in the past, houses are making the environment less sustainable, as non-eco-friendly practices are used.

With yurts, things are different.

Using yurts we are making the environment much more sustainable as these are made of natural materials such as wood, canvas, and wool that provide extra insulation.

These materials are renewable and biodegradable resources, so they don’t harm the environment.

Moreover, many modern yurts are designed in such a way that they save energy usage.

With features such as double-glazed windows, energy is saved as they keep the interior warm during winter months.

Connection with Nature and Simplicity

As you live in a yurt full time, the one prime benefit you get is connecting with nature.

In today’s fast-paced life, everyone is focused on working hard day and night just to make ends meet, completely losing the connection with nature.

Traditional yurts offer the opportunity to stay connected to nature year round and enjoy a simple life with less hustle and more peace.

Some yurts even provide a 360-degree view of the amazing landscape so that you won’t miss anything.

Unique Design and Way of Living of Yurts

Some yurts have incredible designs

If you are a fan of uniqueness, modern yurts provide great designs and features that are not present in traditional homes, such as the one in the picture.

Versatile Usage

Last but not least, a yurt can be used for various purposes:

  • As your primary residence or vacation home

  • Guesthouse or rental property

  • As a studio

  • As an office

  • Etc, etc etc.

You can use a yurt pretty much the way you want.    

Design and Features of Your Yurt

If you’re thinking about living in a yurt, then design matters

Features are important as they can ensure additional comfort and safety (for example, the size of the yurt, the type of insulation used, etc.), but so is design, especially for people (like us!) that can’t resist great looking items.

Yurts are extremely customizable, so you won’t have a problem creating the perfect one for you and your family:

  • Modern home decor ideas incorporated in the structural elements of the yurt give it a whole aesthetic look

  • Without disturbing their portable nature, modern yurts now provide high-efficiency curved glass windows, space-age insulation, and clear translucent vinyl skylights

Yurt Living: Some Tips

It’s not difficult to trasform your yurt into your next home

Choosing the Right Location

One of the most important things you need to do when moving to a yurt is to choose the right location and prepare your site.

Similar to when you buy a home, you will have to look carefully at the site and location of your yurt, with the goal of finding a decent place free from the danger of wildlife, extreme weather, etc.

Moreover, when choosing a site, always ensure that you have enough space for your yurt and can easily adjust the space.

Next on the list, you have to understand the existing zoning regulations.

Always check the laws and the regulations of the area for any prohibition of yurts in the area.

Some governments have minimum and maximum stay periods regulations, so keep an eye on that.

Off-Grid Living

One thing that you need to look for is whether you will go off-grid or not.

If you choose to go off the grid, you will have to arrange your energy source yourself:

  • You can opt for solar power energy (the most popular)

  • Or you can go for hydropower if you are in an area where you can set up a small plant for your needs.

Making a Yurt Feel Like Home

At the end of the day, it’s all about feeling comfortable

Furniture and Storage

When living in a yurt, you need lightweight and multipurpose furniture.

A sofa, bed options, folding chairs, etc., are always great options since they are lightweight and can be used for different purposes.

For storage, you should use shelves, cabinets, and drawers – these help you keep things organized.

Lighting

Unsurprisingly, lighting is essential for any house, yurt or not.

Back in the day, people used lamps in the yurts for lightning, which wasn’t great but got the job done.

Nowadays, with modern technology:

  • You can use other options, such as a skylight

  • Large windows so that more sunshine enters your yurt during the day are also a good idea

  • Wall sconces for nighttime lighting as they will not disturb you with their bright light

  • Finally, hanging string lights create a very cozy atmosphere

Textiles

Textiles give warmth to the interior of your yurt – use them!

Look for lightweight yet durable fabrics such as cotton or linen, as these won’t get too hot in the summer but still provide enough insulation during colder months.

For throws and blankets, we recommend you look for options that are made up of natural fibers like wool or alpaca fur for extra coziness.

Personal Touches

Adding personal touches to your yurt design is crucial.

Most of the time, things are good but still missing something.

Speaking from experience, that something is usually a personal touch.

Here are a few examples:

  • Hang artwork that you admire on the walls

  • Display items that you’ve gathered over time

  • Include family photos

  • Use plants as decorations

  • Bring in things with sentimental value

There are endless possibilities when customizing your yurt.

Challenges of Living in a Yurt

Dealing with Extreme Weather Conditions

We’re not gonna lie: it is daunting to live in a yurt in extreme weather conditions.

The yurt can provide some insulation, but it is tough for a regular yurt to handle these conditions.

Having your own yurt full time is a privilege

The canvas walls and roof of the yurt can only provide little insulation, and it can get very hot in the summer and cold in winter.

To solve the problem, most yurt owners invest in a good heating and cooling system and proper window coverings to help keep the temperature regulated inside the yurt.

Also, strong foundations to protect the yurt from heavy winds or snowfall are a must.

Privacy

In traditional houses, you can normally enjoy proper privacy. But when you live in a yurt, privacy becomes a major concern for you & your family, as neighbors may be able to see through.

To prevent people from peeking through or hearing noises, consider planting some trees or shrubs around your yurt for extra privacy and investing in soundproofing materials

Maintenance and Upkeep Tips

If you're not careful with your yurt, don't complain later
If you’re not careful with your yurt, don’t complain later

Another challenge of living in a yurt full time is that you must regularly maintain it and do regular upkeep to ensure that it stays structurally sound and comfortable. 

You should perform regular checks for signs of wear or damage, such as water stains on the canvas walls or roof, cracks in the wooden frame, or broken windows and doors.

But never neglect the interior (electrical wiring, plumbing fixtures, furniture, etc) to ensure that everything is working properly.

Smaller Living Space

The last challenge is adjusting to a smaller space.

While in traditional homes you have a lot of space to move around and live within, you will have a smaller space to adjust to in a yurt.

To do so, we recommend you learn how to maximize storage solutions and be creative with how you place your furniture, as well as practice regular decluttering.