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Yurt Living – Getting Started

Yurts were created in Mongolia long before our economy crisis. In fact yurts accommodated nomadic people for thousands of years. Especially in the past 25 years, there’s been a resurgence of interest. Then manufacturers began creating their own design modifications for a variety of purposes.

The purpose of constructing a yurt may be for a home, office, store, workshop, rental, or vacation lodge. The yurt design may include a loft, be surrounded by a large deck, or be a two-story structure. It can be permitted to satisfy building codes, temporary, or off the grid. What’s really fascinating is how many climates a yurt is feasible to be comfortable in.

Whatever the purpose, it’s a good idea to learn the history of yurts. Yurtinfo.org is an ideal educational site created by author of Living in the Round, Becky Kemery. She provides a world of information and inspiration dedicated to helping people make yurt decisions.

Modern material examples are steel aircraft cable and architectural fabrics. Although weather makes nontoxic durability a challenge at every distance from the equator, fabric choices are expanding. Expect to see more options soon, and from a combination of plant-based or recycled fibers with modern technology.

Be prepared to be connected with nature in such a unique way that it’s difficult to describe. Keywords are simplicity and sustainability.

Whether you select an ancient or modern yurt design, the practicality spells affordable and the lifestyle is in harmony with our planet.

I moved into my yurt only three months ago and am anxious to write about the phases of yurt construction and living. Photos posted herein are provided by Yurts of Hawaii. Stay tuned for more and please feel free to share your experiences. I invite you to add a comment or question below.

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Written by Delia Montgomery

I am Delia, d/b/a Chic Eco on www.ChicEco.com, and established myself as an eco fashion guru by learning "who makes what in the world of environmental fashion and design."

Enjoy reading some of my freelance writing about environmental design, fashion and art -- from both consumer and supplier perspectives. You may notice I focus most on individual eco designers, movers and shakers.

From sustainable fashion apparel to paint and flooring, discoveries are a rush. I get my kicks this way. I also offer sales representation of earth-friendly designed products for wholesale buyers. Retailers may take advantage of my services with factory-direct pricing. Spend less time sourcing and prevent green-washed purchases!

My other forte is connecting suppliers with business-to-business tools. Aspects of my business vary with consulting services while I'm proud to be the aide that embraces unique and innovative gigs.

I'm originally a Kentucky Blue Grass gal who relocated to Maui early 2006 and the tropical Puna District of Big Island, Hawaii late 2007. Walk the talk is my motto here.

Early 2009 I constructed a yurt home office in a semi-urban setting on a tiny lot. My water comes from the sky, contained in a catchment that's not likely to dry in this rain forest. The electric is designed for solar conversion. I grow about 30% of my food organically, compost, and recycle to the hilt. Permaculture with a full eco system is my gardening style.

In fact, gardening is my ultimate joy. I seek gigs like design, weeding and planting between other jobs. My love is Hawai'i which has more climate zones than any state. There are frequent earthquakes here, typically under a 3.0 magnitude, and I happen to dig the vibrations. It's a wonderful simple life in paradise. As I grow older and wiser, I become more and more grateful.

2 Comments

  1. Great homestyle choice! Can’t wait to read more, in fact do you keep a blog going with updated info and pix of your experience? I’m planning a move into a 30′ yurt and currently playing my own architect to lay out a floor plan. I’m hopelessly lost in knowing what size areas to create. I’d LOVE some photos of how people really and truly live full time year round in a tidy, simple and minimalist style. The net is seriously lacking in photos of this inspiration. Can you help?
    Is your yurt in Hawaii? O.M.G. How very sweet! I’m here in the snow belt, and loving it, too…I lived in a yurt for 5 winters when I used to work at a ski resort and have been hooked ever since.
    All the best!
    Cheers.
    Louise

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