Welcome to our yurt!
“Fish weren’t meant to live in a box kid, it does things to ya.” -Gill, in “Finding 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!
To read more about the yurt, and see photos of the building process: http://southwestadobeyurt.blogspot.com/
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