Sunday, June 6

A Day in the Life of Our Yurt

It's been over a year since I've posted to this blog, but it never felt right to end with a photo of pie. So here are some snap shots of the life of the yurt over the past 18 months.

future bathhouse

bathhouse completed

bathhouse + composting toilet hut (clear wall is the shower)

summer day

bathhouse on a sunny day

makeshift kitchen before we got a fridge

quiet evening at home

If you're reading this blog and have questions about yurt, living in yurts, composting toilets, etc, I have 101 things to say about it. Just ask.


Melinda Motley said...

Greetings, Linz!

It was so refreshing to find your excellent blog with such beautiful writing and images, just this week. I am entering into a similar experience soon in north-central Arkansas Ozarks, also with a 30' CO Yurt. I am so GRATEFUL that you documented yours so CAREFULLY! Hope all is going well for you and your loved ones there.


Nicole said...

You have done a wonderful job documenting each step of the Yurt raising...I would love to hear more about the living experiences, both good and bad....
We are new pre-owned yurt owners but have yet to dismantle and build onto our property, in Prince George BC.
I hope you are still loving your experience!

Anonymous said...

Nice job on the yurt. I have been bouncing back and forth between that an reusing old Steel Shipping containers, but I am starting to lean towards the yurt more. I am looking to put one up in the Colorado Rockies. Just shopping for land right now. Cheers to you!

yurt holidays said...

amazing site you got here. I loved the pictures you posted. Living in a yurt is such a bliss!

J.L. Federle said...

i have enjoyed reading your blog, and i do have a bunch of questions.
1. how effective would you say the composting toilet is? does it have a strong/medium/mild odor (anything in between or no odor at all)?
2. would you recommend using only decking for the foundation of a yurt, or something more (like a basement, or enclosed somehow) for primary residence?
3. are there any concerns that perhaps in mendocino were not a problem, but say in maine might be?
4. is your yurt offgrid? i notice lights in the photos. do you use solar panels to provide electricity?
sorry for all the questions. i look forward to your responses when you have time.

Linz said...

1. The composting toilet is not effective. We have had a horrible experience with it, and would not buy it again. If it were returnable, we would, but alas, it's not. The composting unit itself is poorly designed to begin with, and the idea of using the same composting toilet unit full time, year round, is flawed. Send me your email if you'd like more info/insight.
2. We installed engineered hardwood bamboo floors inside our yurt, and Fiberon decking on the outside. The deck foundation is fine, but for colder climates I might recommend a concrete slab (thermal mass) with infloor heat? Depends on your cold tolerance.
3. With real snowy winters I would recommend additional insulation. We purchased the insulation package (roof & walls) from CO yurts and it's not sufficient for winters in our NorCal climate. I have seen other yurt bloggers in Alaska who added felt panels in the walls and rigid foam insulation between roof rafters. A lot of work, but worth it. Also consider your water pipes will freeze without being able to run inside insulated walls...
4.Yurt is not off-grid. Electricity was already available on our property, and to the yurt site. No solar panels.

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