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People nowadays are more and more breaking away from the traditional home set-up in order to go with something a little more adventurous and eco-friendly. One style of home that is quickly gaining popularity among those types of people is what is known as a yurt, or ger.


The Yurt is a circular tent-style structure that was, and still is, commonly used by natives of Turkey and Mongolia. The modern Yurts that people are now making home may look like the old-school, but there are some obvious additions to the traditional style.

The fabric that is used in the modern designs is the most obvious change, and is usually some sort of UV-resistant, flame retardant variant that has an incredibly long lifespan, which can often be as long as 20 years. Foil-backed insulation is also used, as are a number of high-tech ventilation techniques that make the yurt a functional home for modern folks. Plastic windows and zip-up covers that help keep out the more extreme elements are also commonly found on modern yurt designs.

The overall build of the yurt may seem somewhat flimsy, but it's actually a very sound structure that is in fact incredibly stable. The roof of the tent is cone-shaped and serves the purpose of providing the stability for the round base. There is a thin cable that runs around the perimeter of the tent, essentially pulling the weight of the walls inward. When combined with the outwards force of the roof, you are left with a structure that is extremely strong and able to withstand high winds.

Yurt in the woods

It costs very little to build, maintain, and heat a yurt, which is why they are gaining something of a foothold in the alternative housing community. They are perfectly suited to a number of eco-friendly heating and power systems being added, which is a good thing since they are usually placed in remote locations.

The choice of set-up spot is often so remote because yurts don't meet many of the standards required to be part of a traditional living environment. That usually isn't an issue for those going this route for their home, as most are trying to essentially go off the grid and live as green as possible.

What also makes the yurt such a good option is that it was designed to be extremely mobile. The original owners of yurts were nomadic types who would tear down and move their homes at a moment's notice. What that means is that the modern yurt owner can pick and choose the spots they want to live in and then move on when the wanderlust takes over again.

Building a yurt

Despite the modern touches and more intricate designs of the newer yurts, set-up in a new spot usually takes no more than a few days to complete. There really is no need to move, though, especially when eco-friendly systems are added to the mix and the entire set-up becomes sustainable all year round. It may not be the most conventional home in the world, but a yurt is a good option for those looking to get back to basics.

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