yurt life

Building a yurt

11 January, 2016

Building a yurt

It takes a triplet of things, at least, eh, to make a collection? Like, I definitely collect vintage tea towels, typewriters and mouldy things in my fridge, because I’ve got loads of all of those…

But two yurts wouldn’t make us Yurt Collectors right?

It just makes us Yurt Lovers, which sort of seems more reasonable, do you reckon?

This last week we put up our second yurt, a bigger, fancier version of the first. e are taking yurt living to the next level! It has proper windows and we plan on putting in a little sleeping loft and things. We are mega excited as this is our roots-down home now, and the little yurt will be a spare room for people to come and stay. (By “people come to stay” I mean “hide things that we should have got rid of ages ago but are hanging on to just in case we ever get invited to another Kids Shows of the 1980s fancy dress party or if I do decide to start using my leather hole punching tool more regularly or you know whatever”)

We’ve tended to have momentous first weeks of January over the last few years. Two years ago we moved to New Zealand on January 1st, then one year ago we walked on to this bit of land on January 1st and went “Woah, this is IT” and this year we finally get our home up. So mega. (We’re gonna really have to work on something for next year eh… but maybe we need to pull back on the momentousness… maybe like, New Year, New Gerbil or something.)

building a yurt

We love yurts because they are such a beautiful, affordable home… there is this concept, democratic architecture, a sort of movement all about houses for The People … homes that people can actually afford / build themselves / don’t just line the pockets of a tiny few. Yurts definitely fall into this, with their easy construction and simple design. (Thanks Mongolia, for this ingenious gift.)

building a yurt

We put this yurt up, a home that will eventually have the footprint not far off that of our South London home in a day and a half with a huge amount of help from friends … and only a few hairy moments (one involving a friend inching down the outside of the roof with some gaffa tape.)

building a yurt

Building a yurt video

And for those of you who want to get down with the actual construction of our yurt have a look at my latest Youtube video of the whole shebang from start to finish, with a retro 1990’s slideshow styling…

Anything new for you this year? Resolutions or dreams? Building a yurt? My resolutions, made just this moment, are to not collect mouldy things in my fridge any more, and to, where possible, slim down the chances of friends having hairy moments on our roof with gaffa tape.

Happy New Year to you! X

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  • Molly 11 January, 2016 at 8:54 am

    Wow Lucy, it’s AMAZING! And what views! You’ve sold me on the Yurt living thing. It looks properly idyllic. Happy new year from Devon on the other side of the world. x

  • Linda Hope 11 January, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    We just watched the building of your yurt! Amazing. Enjoy your new home!!!

  • Anna 11 January, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    Ah, maaan! I wept when I watched the slide show earlier (probs also hormones + the stark contrast with our flood related woes!). You are totally living the dream! I’m so excited for you and your family. Can’t wait to see how it develops this year! X

  • Jen 11 January, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    I have just watched your slideshow listening to Elbow, throw those curtains wide. My mind is blow. Why is anyone living on the streets or in tents in camps when you can build a wonderful home like that in under 2 days!

  • malena penney 11 January, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    Wow that is ridiculously cool, I’m more than a tad envious!

  • ThaliaKR 11 January, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Happy new yurt! Woo hoo!

  • Jenn 11 January, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    It is so lovely! Congratulations!

  • Madeleine 11 January, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    Wow! That is so cool!

  • Uniquity 12 January, 2016 at 2:05 am

    Thanks for sharing how it goes up! I think it is very interesting, and likely would never have seen one otherwise. Where I live, you’d freeze in winter and boil in summer in a yurt, but they look so cool! I think if I ever had some sort of lake front or wooded property, a yurt would be an interesting idea in lieu of waterless/powerless cabin.

  • Julie Baker 12 January, 2016 at 3:19 am

    Congratulations on your beautiful new home xxx

  • Becky Brown 13 January, 2016 at 8:09 am

    I love this! It’s huge and I can’t wait to see how you fill it and create sleeping lofts. It’s so great to see epople coming together to do this sort of thing. My dream for this year is to buy an old French farm and transform it into a beautiful family home and holiday destination for families. There is a very small chance this may happen so I’m keeping everything crossed! Happy New Year!

  • Becky 20 January, 2016 at 6:17 am

    Huge congrats on your new hoe my lovely xxxxx have missed you feel like you h ave been away x happy new year

  • Jess @ Along Came Cherry 28 January, 2016 at 6:15 am

    Wow this looks so amazing, I want to live in a yurt! x

  • Lala 2 February, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    Beautiful Lucy, well done you guys! Bet it’s amazing being in there.

  • alex Chegne 18 October, 2016 at 5:17 am

    Hi Lucy!

    I have recently come across you blog and love it immediately!!

    I am in fact in the process of yurting up! I love how yours looks! Did you build it from scratch yourself or get in in parts – if so from where?!

    A x

    • Lucy 18 October, 2016 at 9:53 am

      hi Alex 😀
      We got it via Pacific Yurts in the states. Like a flatpack yurt!

      • Abs 12 November, 2017 at 7:32 pm

        Did you buy their windows or get those locally please? Doing this!

        • Lucy 13 November, 2017 at 5:13 pm

          We just have the original windows 😀