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What’s Involved in a Tipi Project?

Considerations to Keep in Mind

Putting an Earthworks Tipi on your land is not complicated, but there are several considerations to keep in mind as you sketch out your tipi dreams.

Steps to Your Dream Tipi Project

  1. Dream a use for your tipi
  2. Select a location
  3. Select tipi features
  4. Build a deck (optional)
  5. Bring in utilities (optional)
  6. Pitch your tipi
  7. Decorate (optional)
  8. Enjoy!

Key Considerations


You can place your tipi almost anywhere you have a patch of flat land. To take full advantage of the tipi’s deck design features, you’ll want to start paying attention to the prevailing wind patterns where you envision your tipi’s location.


Beautifully-integrated features include different fabric selections, poles, a liner to help ventilate and protect your interior from dew, a weather-shiedling ozan, bison-hide reinforced accessories, smoke flaps and other examples of aesthetic functionality.


Most people pitch their tipi directly on the Earth, but sometimes it’s nice to be on a hard surface, dry and off the ground. You can accomplish this by placing your tipi on a pre-built deck.


You may choose to keep the interior of your tipi open so as to not interrupt the full oval of living space, or you may choose to install a few walls to create a private bathroom or even a plumbed kitchen. Consider your plumbing and/or electrical needs as you plan your interior designs.


Most people pitch their tipi with the help of a few friends. The bigger the tipi, the more crew you’ll need. We send instructions with the tipi. If you live near our shop, you have the option of hiring our crew to pitch the tipi.


Once you’ve pitched your tipi you can install any design elements (see our inspiration gallery) that you’ve planned, like your favorite flooring material and furniture, including unique items such as:

  • A large mirror
  • Spa chairs
  • A drafting table and art supplies
  • Yoga mats
  • Cots or bunkbeds

Now is the time to move in and make those tipi dreams finally complete!


Dream realized – you’ve found your Secret Creek, now enjoy!

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Personal Uses

Dream it? Your tipi can be it!

Common personal uses include:

  • Full-time home
  • Backcountry hut
  • Mother-in-law suite
  • Art or yoga studio
  • Summer retreat
  • Guest house
  • Overnight rental

Industry Uses

Common industry uses of tipis include:

  • Campgrounds
  • Summer camps
  • Boutique lodging resorts
  • Outdoor classroom shelters
  • Warming huts
  • Event venues
  • Ski resorts

The possibilities are virtually endless!

Visit A Tipi

Want to visit a tipi to experience their beauty firsthand? You can with our network of tipis around the world, or with our exciting Visit or Stay program!

Visit a Tipi

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Feeling inspired? Contact us to talk to one of our skilled Sales Guides. They can guide you to realizing your tipi dreams!

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