Following on from our recent blog “How to Live in a Yurt”, we’ve decided to expand upon the topic, offering solutions and tips on how to live in a yurt with a family. The initial decision of choosing to live in a yurt as opposed to a traditional house can be quite daunting, particularly when you have children to think about, as well as yourselves. However, it can certainly be done, and the imaginative nature of these abodes paired with the wonderful way of life will cement you in your decision. If anything, you’ll be left wondering why you didn’t do it sooner!
For younger children, an open plan living area will likely be ideal. They don’t need too much of their own personal space and can utilise the great outdoors for playing- weather permitting of course. When the kids get a little older, however, or if you as an adult would like more privacy, there are many ways that you can create a separate bedroom space. Many people who live in a yurt opt for an ‘add on’ pod/yurt to create an extra bedroom, or to create a second floor within the roof frame as an attic style bed space. You may even find that a simple room divider is enough for a while.
One of the most popularly discussed topics within the yurt community is that of the bathroom and toilet space. It is highly recommended to build a separate outbuilding to house a bath/shower/toilet, this keeps any nasty smells out, and is also much more hygienic. The moisture can cause mould within the structure, which is something you certainly want to avoid, so an outhouse is a great alternative. The structure doesn’t need to be anything too technical, but will certainly make the transition much easier.
Again, it is highly recommended to build a separate outhouse for kitchen facilities too. You can build your own outdoor pizza oven and install a sink (with or without running water). This keeps any foodie smells out of your main living space, and again avoids bringing too much moisture or condensation into the tent. Just because you’re living in a yurt, it doesn’t mean that your diet should be entirely raw food, you’ll find that this experience actually makes you more experimental in the kitchen, particularly if you’re growing your own veggies!
It is important to remember when creating your new home that you can tailor it to exactly how you would like it to be. It doesn’t matter whether you are choosing to opt for an off the grid abode powered only by solar power and rainwater, or if you decide to go all out with electrics and running water, it is completely your own decision and can be changed at any time. Be brave and take the design into your own hands to create something that you will love for many years to come!
One of the greatest things about living in a yurt is the potential. With the outlay investment not being anywhere near the cost of a house, you can save a lot of money, making plans for expansions and innovations much easier. If you decide that you and your family outgrow your abode, then you can look into getting an extension yurt, or invest in a bigger structure without having to fork out as much as you would for an entire new home! This is also true for if you decide to relocate, as some structures are able to be taken down and moved to a new location with ease!
Top tips for living in a yurt with a family:
- Test drive the idea by taking your family on a yurt holiday first before committing to the lifestyle
- Take your time making the decision and creating the structure to ensure it is exactly what you want
- Get the kids involved with the entire process from idea to reality
- Research the location with facilities such as schools, shops and other transport links
Is the yurt life for you? We’d love to hear from you if you think that living in a yurt with your family is something you would plan in the future!