Compilation of Yurt Research


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Several of you have shown interest in this topic, and we’ve compiled a fair amount of information. Below, I’ve pasted in our general word document. We also have a huge collection of interior and construction images, as well as images from various manufacturers that we’ve compiled for our personal use. It would take forever to cut and paste them all in here, so David is working on a way to place them in a slide show that we can post on You Tube and link to from here. This will save having to burn and mail a disk for those of you have asked. We’ll keep you posted on when that’s finished. For now, enjoy the compiled information below.

Yurt Books:

The Complete Yurt Handbook, by Paul King

Circle Houses: Yurts, Tipis and Benders, by David Pearson

Tipis and Yurts: Authentic Designs for Circular Shelters, by Blue Evening Star

Build a Yurt, by Len Charney

The Yurt: Seventeen Foot Diameter, by Wm. S. Coperthwaite

Mongolian Cloud Houses, by Dan Kuehn

The Portable Yurt, by Chuck Cox

Igloos, Yurts, and Totem Poles, by F. Boer

Another Kind of Space, by Alan Dearling with Graham Meltzer

Building a Low Impact Roundhouse, by Tony Wrench

Yurt DVD’s: 


Yurt CD’s: 

Meeting in the Aobao Yurt

Yurt Links: Another yurt company. Has plans for a 2 x 4 yurt. Article on a guy from
Maine who has been building them since the late sixties at Harvard. He has a plan you can purchase for download for $3 which goes to the development of an Eskimo museum that he is putting together. Another article on yurts complete with diagram and images. article on Bill Coperthwaite, a coastal
Maine resident famous for his devotion to yurt design. A hard sided yurt manufacturer with photo slide show and gallery. Includes images of yurt interiors for decorating and design ideas. Web site for “Yomes”, part yurt / part dome structures. Prices, designs, uses, etc. Web site for “Pacific Yurts”. Their products, information, image gallery, etc. Another yurt manufacturer. The Great American Yurt Company. Wholesale prices***** Links and yurt info on all aspects of yurts and yurt living. A building school with a course focusing on yurt design. The Colorado Yurt Company. book titles and other yurt references. interior decorating products with an Asian nomadic flair. Cool!!! Yurt article with links. tent decor ideas, many useable for yurts. Scroll down to the article on using yurts in a collective group as semi-private, reservable  meeting spaces / rooms. Book titles for yurts. Themed yurt / tent decor.,1797,HGTV_3659_1368746,00.htmlArticle on an HGTV episode on yurts. on traditional Kazak yurts. Yurt article.  Themed tent décor. Tent rental. Use decorating ideas for yurts. tentlike structures with century specific ideas for the medieval design.,2041,DIY_14069_2278259,00.html Tent decorating article. Painting your tent info. Bedouin tent decoration panel with tassels. room and tent decor ideas. More commercially / event oriented. Information on custom tent-like structure lighting. Round home interior design. Circular home builder. Round structure company. Another yurt web site. Products, set up information, etc. Do it yourself yurt construction article. Article on yurt construction. Make a yurt. Craft activity for the classroom. Article on yurt living and purchasing. Another yurt web site with images and information, products, etc. A yurt manufacturing company. images of yurt décor. yurt design guy. Check out the photo for the multi-level Asian looking structural yurt. Another yurt company. Alternative housing article on yurts. yurt article. Alternative living article on yurts. Detailed article on building and living in yurts. Article and yurt resource list. Interesting design article with idea to hook several yurts together with annexes and circle them around for a common courtyard effect. Yurt and gertee article. Article with photos on assembling your yurt. Maker of yurt classrooms. They use yurts for meeting rooms, etc. These people have integrated a yurt into their program as well.  Portable tent-like classrooms. Neat. guys do classroom, and all sorts of event tents / yurts / tipis / geodesic domes. They also have a link for second hand items of this nature. Plans for single and two story yurts. Alternative building resources An east coast yurt company. Straw building . . . have seen references during research for straw bale yurts .. . Yurt info. Fiberglass panel yurts. Allows for greater diameter (up to 51 feet). Medieval yurt manufacturers. Article about living in a yurt. Another yurt article. Another article on yurt living. student program. They use yurts for living tructures. Another yurt living article. Yurt pics. Article on yurts and nomadic structure living. These people are living in a yurt and using their land as a space for research grants on sustainable organic agriculture. One woman’s yurt journey, building progress, etc. LED lighting solutions . . . have been used by such orgs as the Peace Corps. More LED lighting info.  Article on yurt construction. Yurt manufacturers. Info. Alternative living spaces article.  Yurt images. Yurt gallery of images, including a gallery of interiors, as well as completed yurts by the company. Yurt art in Kazakh life. A yurt herb farm. Download free 3-D yurt models. person’s homepage on building a ger / yurt/ Scroll down to links of images of period yurts/ Yurt images . . . yurt with covered porch,etc. These folks are selling time shares for the yurt experience . . Green building information. A photo essay from a couple who put up a yurt on their property.  a yurt getaway / studio with accompanying article. Images of a yurt resort for sale in Portugal. Interior yurt images  Yurt interior and outside deck photos. Yurt village in North Carolina. Interior yurt shot. Interior yurt imagery with personal spa on deck. green yurt village. Great yurt wall idea. Yurt vacation destination. Yurt for a couple who used the radiant floor heating concept popular in certain Asian countries.
Belize coastal yurt lodge. More exterior and interior yurt design images and ideas.
New Mexico yurt builder who bought a $250 plot of land via the government tax auction program. An herb farm and yurt spa destination in Indiana. Some different ideas for development with these structures. yurt spa and overnight yurting on the Sea of
Cortez. interior photos of a yurt at a camping site overlooking the Bay of Fundy on Grand Manan, N.B. Another yurt spa  / meditation room rental. Buy your own mechanism to create a Murphy-type wall bed. The full wall systems are sometimes thousands of dollars. This is just a few hundred. Some very unique hidden wall beds for the office and living area. A bit pricey, but one could get some design ideas here. A yurt spa. Only used a 16 footer. Island yurt rental – goes along with the spa. Solid structure yurt with sod roof and photovoltaic cells. Scroll down the page a bit for some information and an image regarding a solar powered yurt. collection of interior yurt décor images from a home show in London. Really classy. A yurt retreat – healing center.


  1. niki raapana says:

    this is a fantastic list and I can really use it right now. thank you so much for sharing it! I am helping to build a yurt/tee pee rental camp in Alaska and the local interest is very high. but so far few have actually seen or been inside one yet. These links will help broaden their visions.

  2. Suzannah says:

    I have just started to research yurts … and you have done it for me… I am so happy…Thank your for your generosity and for sharing.

  3. myscha39 says:

    Hi Suzannah. Thanks for posting. Glad we could help.

  4. Thanks for the links, there are a few I didn’t know (and I did a lot of research myself). Take a look at my web-site – it contains yurt notes of mine with an online yurt calculator in case yo plan to build a yurt yourself.

  5. myscha39 says:

    Thanks, Rene!

  6. Yurt Mama says:

    Thanks for the great Yurt info!!

    I just purchased 5 acres of land in West Texas where I am going to put a much anticipated Yurt. Your links are very very helpful!

    In the meantime, I have created Yurt themed merchandise I am selling on cafe press. :)

    Yurt Mama

  7. myscha39 says:

    You are very welcome. After spending so much time on it ourselves and realizing how deep we had to dig for certain topics and pieces of information, we decided it would be nice to save some other people the trouble. Some day, I hope to subcategorize everything . . . but not today (ha!). I checked out your yurt merchandise. Cute!

    Thanks so much for taking the time to post.

  8. Trish says:

    I have wanted to live in a yurt for a very long time. I didn’t ever think my husband would ever go for the idea. I finally showed him some yurts online (he is from Mexico and had never heard of them) and he loves the idea.
    So I am currently searching for which company to go with but there is something that I don’t understand – how does one keep the wind and the rain from coming in through the bottom of the yurt (ones that are not wood paneled)?

    Thanks for all the helpful links by the way.

  9. myscha39 says:

    Hi Trish. From the literature I received, there is a raised circular ridge that you put on top of the decking that the yurt attaches to. You then put in formal flooring, but the deck or round cement base, or whatever you use for the base still provides the support. You might want to check out the You Tube slide shows from the other post, since they are up on the web now. There are several images of the assembly process, including this ridge. Thanks for commenting.

  10. dosdandelions says:

    What company did you got with to purchase your yurt and what size?

    We have researched a great deal and now live in a 30 foot trailer so living small and simple is good and easy. We live in the southern Baja where there is only the hurricane season for rain.

    Thank you for this information. There is some here that we did not find ourselves.

  11. myscha39 says:

    Thank you for your question. Actually, we are still choosing a location on our lake front lot for a yurt. However, we have narrowed it down to two potential companies. Pacific Yurts, and The Colorado Yurt Company. They both had good comments out there in internet land and appear comparable in quality. One cool feature the Colorado Yurt company has that Pacific Yurts doesn’t is the roll up walls. We also found when we picked out all the features we wanted from each company, the Colorado Yurt company was slightly cheaper. However, not all of the features were exact from company to company, so it’s hard to really say. But these are the two that top our list when we finally decide to buy. Good luck with your yurt quest.

  12. Christine says:

    I see that you have Great American Yurts on your list. I don’t know if you have had any personal dealings with them or just found their name online. But I own one of their yurts, and found it to be sub-standard to a Pacific Yurt. Also, their customer service GREATLY lacks organization and kindness.
    We are not the first to have been dealt with unethically, they have been reported to the BBB on several occasions, something we didn’t find until we had already purchased a yurt from them.
    It appears that their poor business dealings and legal issues have caused them to use a new name. they now are called Yurts of America.
    I beg of you to remove their site from your listing, and encourage people to look elsewhere. Don’t be sucked into purchasing their yurts just because they’re cheaper than the leading yurt companies.

  13. myscha39 says:

    Hi Christine.

    Thanks for taking the time to share your experiences. I think what I will do instead is leave your comment up here for folks to consider. If others have had problems, or not, this would be a great place to have a discussion between current yurt owners as well to share experiences on such things as quality and price with regards to all yurt manufacturers. Certainly, Great American Yurts (or whatever they are being called now) is welcome to respond as well. As long as everything stays professional, so to speak, I’m willing to keep moderating the conversation.

    Again, thanks so much for taking the time to chime in.