Brilliant Yurt Design! – Mixing Tradition with Super Modern Construction



In this video, we’re meeting Pat from Yurta to get a behind the scenes look at how they make traditional yurts with natural materials while incorporating some very modern design ideas.

These yurts can be set up in just a couple of hours and are built with 3 layers:
– A collapsible wooden frame with a tension cable to determine the height of the structure,
– A wool felt insulation layer that is needled with with a reflective layer to provide breathable insulation,
– An acrylic-coated polyester/cotton outer shell to provide a breathable yet weather resistant cover.

The modern touches that are found in Yurta’s yurts, but not in traditional Mongolian yurts, are large windows and a clear dome. The dome can be opened to allow heat to escape and it provides a beautiful natural light even on cloudy days.

Mat and I had fun helping Pat deploy a yurt frame and learning how simple and portable a yurt really is. We also like the fact that it’s considered a tent in many places so it’s an affordable 4-season tiny house alternative that often doesn’t require a building permit. On top that, we’re huge fans of building homes with natural, sustainable, renewable materials that have few chemicals in them.

Many people like yurts for their simple design, for their portability, and for the wonderful feeling they get living in a round walled dwelling.

To learn more about Yurta yurts, you can check out their website here:

Thanks for watching!

Mat & Danielle

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20 Replies to “Brilliant Yurt Design! – Mixing Tradition with Super Modern Construction”

  1. Moto Mama

    How does this structure bear up under deep snows where it goes down to -40 degrees F. Especially if it is unoccupied for periods of time. Thanks for your advice.

  2. 1MSWILLIE

    IT LOOKS FLIMSY TO ME. HOW DOES IT STAND UP TO HIGH WINDS . WHAT ABOUT BEARS? BIGFOOT? IT DOESN'T SEEM SECURE. BUT I APPLAUD YOU FOR LIVING THE WAY YOU WANT TO.

  3. Bam Samuel

    Hey Hey belongs to NOT only Mongolia also Central Asia. Belongs to most Altaic nations like Kirgizstan Kazakhstan Uzbeks Mongol Kore Japan and Tibets!!!!!!!

  4. T. Lee

    I was totally thinking this is a real good idea, seems so Natural and a very nice alternative for people at the lake…all the houses really take away from the beauty of any lake…..Then I go to the website and HOLY CROW for a 17' foot Yurt the cost with extra windows and a floor and of course a fireplace vent…cause your gonna need that in Canada….OHHH Fancy that Near perfect seal…dang for this price It should be gold flaked…lol

    The price was over $14,000.00 Sorry don't care How Technical Your Felt is that is a Crazy price for a Glorified Trappers tent aka Mongolian Yurt. Sorry usually I'm nice but I'm just flabbergasted at Z moment. Think I'll stick to a trailer for now.

  5. Alia Osman

    What about going to bathroom at night ? Or having a shower in Winter ? I couldn't see the toilet, where is it ? And the kitchen ? There must be a traditional way to cook safely with fire.

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