Live tiny and simply using an ancient building technique

The “yurt” originates from Central Asia. For over two thousand years, the nomads of the Mongolian plateaus have built their yurts, lived in the location for a few months, packed everything up and moved with their flocks to new grazing grounds. To set up their yurt again.

Exterior 5 Photoby BryanAulick
Exterior 4 Photoby BryanAulick

In our part of the world, there is renewed interest in building using this ancient method. Perhaps because of a trending desire to live tiny and simply. Or to fulfil a dream of owning a simple get-away in the wilderness.

Lifestyle 3 Photoby BryanAulick

The building principle of a yurt involves balance, flexibility and pressure. The many thin laths in the roof meet in a central ring at the top of the structure. The roof construction rests on a kind of lattice wall, and both ceiling and walls are covered and insulated.

Here, a young couple from Portland, Oregon, have built and decorated their own round abode. With the help of family and friends. If you can follow IKEA assembly instructions, then you can build a yurt, they say.

Qtee II YURT 1

The ancient building techniques have been followed – but everything is done using modern materials such as vinyl and insulation film. It gets cold in the winter in this part of the woods, so a RAIS Q-Tee provides comfort and warmth. It fits into the desire for a minimalistic lifestyle, say the owners in explaining their choice.

a raise q tee ii wood burning stove keeps the yurt cozy

From their bedroom on a landing built up at the centre of the space, above the bathroom and the open kitchen, they can gaze at the stars through the round window. A low wall with plants follows the circular floor, creating the impression of a little oasis.

Interior 3 Photoby BryanAulick
Interior 1 Photoby BryanAulick

It is always thought-provoking when someone takes the time to do things in their own unique way. And I would like to pass on that inspiration here. Take a peek inside this personal universe via

You can also find more about the yurt project at

Photographer: Bryan Aulick.

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