Primitive Meets Modern in a Yurt

Yurts can be a fantastic way to build an off-the grid house in a rural area. We recently had a chance to take a road trip that took us to Boise. There, we had the opportunity to stay in a yurt, and we’re officially hooked. Here’s a quick walk-through video we shot:

The History and Structure of Yurts

A yurt is actually a very old style of dwelling. It has been used in Central Asia for thousands of years, and there was mention of yurt-like buildings in ancient Greek texts.

Yurts are round structures with a roof. Traditionally, the frame was covered in furs, but in the modern world, we use higher-tech materials such as architectural fabrics.

In the past, yurts were collapsible and portable, but the Western yurts you can find today are much more permanent. We’ve even seen some examples of yurts practically on steroids—including two floors and a garage!

Benefits of Yurts

Yurts had a bit of a resurgence in popularity in the 1970s, and are back in fashion again, partially because it can be such an economical choice for a home. Yurts can also withstand a surprising amount of snow and wind. What’s even better is that it’s a cost-effective way of getting a home—permanent yurts can range in price from $15,000-$30,000, but even that figure can vary based on your infrastructure needs and the size of your yurt.

Yurt Kits

Depending on where you live, you may be able to invest in a yurt kit, wherein you receive prefabricated materials and you assemble it yourself on your own property. Yurts from kits come in many different sizes and can even include features like windows. If you find a kit manufacturer, make sure they can deliver to your area.

Check Before You Build

Making plans is a great thing, but before you do anything, you really need to check your county regulations regarding building codes. Sometimes you can’t get approval on buildings without input from an architect, while others need to meet specific codes in order to get the go-ahead. Stay tuned to our blog for more details about regulations.


Are you as intrigued about yurts as we are? If you have a dream of building this type of home and you need some land to do it on, give us a call and we can talk about possible options.


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