Here it is, the beginning of December, and it looks like we just might get the yurt fully furnished by January. What we thought would be a simple project has turned into what we jokingly refer to as the million-dollar yurt.
After weeks of dealing with a very methodical builder and his crew of four, we soon found out that we could have just as easily built a cabin for the same amount of time and money. But, as Chris says, a yurt is much more interesting.
And just what is a yurt? Well, it’s an ancient structure used by central Asian nomads, particularly Mongolians. Its round shape and sloped roof create tension and compression that make it a very sturdy, yet portable, shelter. Although our updated, super-insulated, snow-bearing yurt package from Pacific Yurts is not exactly portable, it is light on the environment and blends in with the surrounding landscape.
As Jeff, our solar system consultant, told us (he once lived in a tipi in the North Fork back in the 1970s), “The great thing about living in a structure like this is that you begin to feel like you’re a part of nature, not separate from it. You hear everything–the wind, the rain, the animals. You feel like you’re outdoors.”
We shall soon see. Stay tuned.