Colorado Yurt Company customer stories: Unique Yurt

Welcome to our yurt!

Fish weren’t meant to live in a box kid, it does things to ya.”  -Gill, inFinding Nemo”

A few years ago, I began to sense that I wanted to explore what it would be like to live with my family in the round.  After exploring many possibilities, we decided that adapting a yurt to our needs would be the simplest, most expedient, and graceful solution to our situation.

So we approached Dan Kigar of  Colorado Yurt Company with some pretty radical ideas:  I wanted to put the whole structure on stem walls so we would have enough room for a functioning upstairs; I wanted to insulate it with sheep’s wool insulation, and I wanted to attach a functional ‘mudroom’ entryway.


Dan was incredibly helpful and gracious to work with, supportive of my ideas and helpful with the design and layout of the whole thing.  Between the two of us, we designed a fairly elaborate and nicely functioning structure.  Palatial, maybe even…


So, welcome to our yurt: it has four foot straw bale stem walls, a poured adobe floor, earthen plasters throughout, a loft with over six feet of head room, sheep’s wool insulation, (it’s warm!) fully functioning glass windows, in-floor heat, a kitchen, a bathroom, and a lamp post to boot.


We’ve been in it a year now, and we all love it deeply, it’s warm, lofty (it has an 18 ft. peak!) and gorgeous to live in.  We’re so grateful to both Dan and Emma as well as the whole crew at Colorado Yurt Company for making it a reality!


TL7To read more about the yurt, and see photos of the building process:



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9 Responses to Colorado Yurt Company customer stories: Unique Yurt

  1. Tim Buckley says:

    This is absolutely beautiful. It’s warm and inviting. It’s open and intimate at the same time. We are still a few years away from our goal of living in one of these beautiful homes, but when we’re fully ready, I think we’ll model much of ours after this one. Stunning!

    Terrific story and I wish you all the happiness of life.

  2. Kathy Parker says:

    Beautiful… I’m sure I’m not the only one who would love more pictures please! <3

  3. Cindy says:

    Looks wonderful. May I ask in what location this yurt is? And the approximate cost of building something like this? I love that you combined strawbale and yurt. Those are two types of housing I’m considering for the future but never thought about combining them.

  4. What an absolutely stunning yurt!! And kudos to Colorado Yurt for being so willing to adapt…that’s priceless when considering an alternative dwelling. Thanks for sharing!!

  5. Tracy says:

    Cindy- I’m glad you like it…
    forgive me if I don’t divulge our location, but as to cost…
    we did all the work ourselves and used recycled and rough milled lumber from a small local mill, so it was pretty minimal. Wool insulation was about 3500.00; a few thousand for everything else, but we scrimped anywhere we could- used sink, etc.
    What it did cost was over two years of dedicated work during summers and evenings after my teaching job at school!

  6. Jeff says:

    Love the lamp post; it has a C.S. Lewis type appeal. 🙂

  7. Kate Swan says:

    Thank you for the photos and ideas. Awesome. Can you tell me more about sheeps wool insulation? I have been looking for non toxic insulation – sheeps wool sounds really good. Thanks, Kate.

  8. Patricia Pooley-Boyer says:

    Greetings from the Land of the Sleeping Giant

    I am amazed and in awe of your wonderful work and design in putting this yurt together.

    Where i am from we have long winters and in Jan/Feb in can be extremely cold.

    I am curious to know how this design holds up after a few seasons and years. The yurt truly resonates with me, but I am concerned and wonder if they depreciate in value and how often you are having to replace the canvas?

    Any info that you could share would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to read this and for sharing your story.

    Namastae Patricia

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