What is a yurt, you ask...

It is a traditional dwelling originally known to have been used by nomadic Mongolians more than 2,000 years ago.

That's a long time ago! And yes, people still use them today. But we'll talk more about modern uses later...

These structures are always round--sort of like a tee-pee, only bigger and sturdier.

Here is a great video tour of a really awesome yurt. I love their set up because it's very unique. You can get the full tour below...


Thank you, Benjinds for sharing this video with us.

You can buy modern yurts that come in ready to build kits. This way you have every part needed to put it together, with instructions. And as you learned with the video, there are plenty of features...

  • Size ranges anywhere from 12 to 30 feet in diameter
  • Modern features include kitchens, bathrooms, electricity, rooms, sleeping lofts and solar power
  • Cost ranges depending on the size, quality, origin, features and insulation. Approximate cost range: $1,800 to $15,000

I think the video showed us how possible and comfortable living in a yurt can be.

If you're on a tight budget it can be an affordable place to live. As always, check your local laws.

Yurts are made to be disassembled and moved if needed.

I hope I've answered your question, "what is a yurt?". If I haven't, I think that website will. Go take a look.

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