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Feb 1, 2014 11:28AM
To the nitwit who complained that I called him a nitwit for calling the Mongolian structures Yurts.    Yurts if the Russian word for the structure.  Since the article said Mongols and not Russians, use the Mongol word, Ger. 
Jan 29, 2014 4:57PM
It sounds more attractive to me every year.  Thoreau was on the right track.
Jan 29, 2014 2:56PM
it would be awesome on a tailing pile in Montana somewhere.
Jan 29, 2014 2:39PM
I would rather live in a yurt than some crummy apartment! 
Jan 29, 2014 1:49PM
Wow, the ignorance of some of these bloggers is astounding! I lived one through a Colorado winter! It was fantastic, warm, cozy, loved being able to hear the river running by while I was in bed, and the coyotes howling, the wind blowing.
  Think it was rough? I had all of the needed appliances, a large flat screen TV with surround sound, a deck that looked over the river, a large acrylic dome in the center that opened and lit the inside with sunlight. If you get the chance, take it!

Jan 29, 2014 11:16AM
It looks like a giant butt-plug. Or a hideout for a doomsday cult, or a Wiccan clubhouse where lots of cats and fat people are just hanging out.
Jan 29, 2014 9:08AM
What a dumb idiot who wrote the article.   The Mongol word is "Ger" and not Yurt.  Yurt is the Russian word.  
Jan 29, 2014 8:31AM
Im guessing people who live in yurts must not value their privacy
Jan 29, 2014 8:29AM
I'd rather eat dirt than live in a yurt.
Jan 29, 2014 7:18AM
they are so cute and efficient kudos to owners
Jan 29, 2014 6:51AM

it's kind of like a silo house :D

Oct 5, 2013 11:41PM
If you haven't checked out a modern yurt, then you aren't likely up to speed on the way they handle.  Our yurts have complete engineering specs and meet local, stringent building codes for permanent residential homes.  They handle especially well in Earthquakes and high winds.  It's human nature to want to keep to what is accepted in a society.  It's high time for yurts to be accepted once again.  Far better than toxic building materials, uninspired spaces and costs that put many people's valid need of a home of their own way out of each in their lifetime.  Housing has become a commodity rather than a basic right and necessity.  
Jan 26, 2013 9:48AM
Hey, anyone know if or how many of those $75,000 "Jeanie" yurts sold?
Jan 26, 2013 7:11AM
I took a picture of my husband in front of a Yurt. It was the temporary Winter Ranger Station in Cedar Breaks National Park, in Utah, this last October 2012. It was extreemly cold up there in the mountains, and I'm sure the rangers appreciated the shelter after making their rounds of the park in those upper elevations.
Jan 26, 2013 4:19AM
I do not understand why in an story on yurts you included houses which are not yurts.  My husband and I designed built a polygon (16 sides) house in 1974 and so have enjoyed it's efficiency for almost 40 years.  We live with cold winters and use less than 3 cords of wood to heat the home very nicely.  The house is very traditional inside, but by designing and self building, we are able to have some very interesting rooms.  Because of the efficiency of a round house, we were able to build a 3-bedroom house with only 1,200 sq. ft. plus a 1,100 sq. ft. basement.  By doing all the work ourselves (including making most of the furniture, built-ins, cabinets among other things), we were able to build our home for similar pricing to a yurt.
Dec 11, 2012 3:41PM

Reading many negative comments peppered with political drama. Folks, I am sure a Yurt can be build based on needs and requirements. For many people it's one place where they can live as they lack resources because of lay-offs, etc.  I don't believe that you would allow these people to live in your spare room or backyard. If you are unable to offer good suggestions, I am sure many would not care to read it. Let's stay positive.

Nov 30, 2012 6:35PM
Just for the record, I am a liberal democrat. I have seen people try and use these structures(?) as school rooms. There is no accounting for the safety of the small children that they put inside them.  Any structure other than a 120sq.ft. storage shed requires a permit.  The engineering for said structures must be reviewed for at least safety purposes.  Those who don't want to abide by the codes of the jurisdictions in which they live should go find a cave in a rock to live in.  Oh yeah, that cave might come down on your head in an earthquake.  Oops.
Nov 30, 2012 4:02PM
Folks a yurt is a felt conical tent up to 20-30 ft. diameter with wooden uprights and slanted poles lashed together to form a slight pointed top with hole to vent smoke.  There are no windows, and a door may just be a flap or wooden. Wool carpets a put on the ground and one sleeps on these wool carpets covered by blankets.  Fortunately, I had a sleeping blanket for the winter.  You wah outside even during the winter and also do your personal business in an outside hole.  Yurts are hot in the summer & cold in the winter.  I know because I lived in one while working in the high plains desert of Kazakhistan.  It is nothing like the building portrayed in the picture above other than general shape.   

Building codes are very strict in the country side setting.   People have moved into areas and just thought they were going to do as they please as far as building and have created problems for the local people.   Thus building code rules have come about where none were needed before.   Yes these agencies need to have temporary homes for these peope to put up in these hard hit areas from Sandy.


The inground homes would be a great idea, but only in well drained areas.    I truly feel sorry that this country has come to the place of no homes for homeless when there are so many homes that are just sitting out there empty. 


Banks need to keep interest rates low and sell these homes at a lesser price.   It is all about greed.


No need to have a country where our elderly have no support, our children are starving in many cases, and we have families so totally homeless.  Makes no sense, but try to get some help and it is made so hard.   Those agencies that say Oh just go sign up---well it is not that easy.   It is in truth in reality very , very hard to get assistance.


The rich flaunt there riches in our faces all the time.    Yes they own the biusiness and thought of a great idea, but they also forget that it is the USA citizens that work at there office building or factory etc. that makes the product and keeps the sales coming in.    The normal common middle class never get any respect at all.   They get all the glory and money while we have to fight for everything we get.


We elect people to go into office to fight for what we want and believe in and what do we get in return---Not a hell of a lot from them.   They vote themselves a raise all  the time and get all these special things and retire with the same income----we citizens that pay the taxes that pay there wages do not get that and they want to take more away.


So maybe in the long run---people should buy these homes---makes sense and can be moved easily if they have to move to some other place to find employment.  


It is sad our country has come down this low---some how we need to learn to care about each other again and find a way to bring all people together as a whole not be divided over every little thing that happens.   If we don't start caring who will ???---do you see a foreign country help us when we have a disaster?????   Just my opinion----I am retired worked for 40 years and am now for the first time just starting to remodel my home I have lived in 35 years.   It is time and costs money and we are doing it a little at a time.   Chin up.   Life is tough, but it does not have to be as bad as it is---don't let anyone take advantage of you.  Take a job even if it not something you want just to have money you need to feed your family or yourself.    I worked in a factory for 34 years and believe me it was no picnic.


Good luck to all you people out there without jobs or homes, etc.----life should not be this bad here but I guess we should be glad we do not live in a 3rd world country---we can not even imagine.


I do hope that someday this country gets there sh-- together and gets its people in homes---find a better way to feed the people that have nothing and take care of its own and NOT give to other countries just for there aliance.


It's great to be retired for me---don't have alot but I just love to know I made it that far.   I hope you all have that opportunity.  Paa

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