It is always rewarding to live in a space that you’ve personally built.
When you decide to take on the challenge of building your own home, you must be physically, mentally, and financially ready. Speaking of these qualities, couple Zach and Nicole seems to have them all.
They thought of living away from the sight of the city lights so they built a space they can live in while being surrounded by nature. But unlike any other living spaces that we’ve seen and stayed at, the couple decided to go “cornerless” when they chose a yurt as their subject.
For those who are not too familiar with what a yurt is, according to Wikipedia, it is:
“a portable, round tent covered with skins or felt and used as a dwelling by several distinct nomadic groups in the steppes of Central Asia. The structure consists of an angled assembly or latticework of wood or bamboo for walls, a door frame, ribs (poles, rafters), and a wheel (crown, compression ring) possibly steam-bent.”
Zach and Nicole’s beautiful yurt house is in Portland, Oregon. They have successfully combined the traditional yurt with modern interior design and materials. The final output and the efficiency of all the house’s parts are just exactly what you need to have in a living space.
A collaborative effort for an unforgettable experience
According to Zach, they had their closest friends and family members help them during the initial steps of the building process.
In fact, he admitted buying land was out of their budget when they started the project so they looked for a property for lease. During his interview, he also said when he got into the location “there was absolutely nothing”.
He literally started from scratch.
He started things by leveling the land before he was even able to start with the foundation.
There are 12 footings that act as the foundation of the yurt to the ground.
Given that yurts are circular in shape, you can’t possible strengthen them easily since it doesn’t have corners or sides.
Hard work really paid off for the couple because they’re able to achieve turning a traditional yurt into a posh-looking house that they can definitely call “home”. The exterior design is without a doubt striking, but hey, you haven’t seen what’s inside.
A-round the yurt home.
Inside Zach and Nicole’s yurt house is everything you might need every day. Soon, you’ll notice the house is actually packed with plants.
The house was also built to endure any type of weather because it’s double-insulated with reflectix and there’s also a wood stove to give them warmth in the winter.
Their house doesn’t have a television though.
But that doesn’t take away anything from it because of the L-shaped couch on their living room that faces the wide farmland outside. Zach even jokingly said he became quite a bird watcher because of it, not bad at all, right?
Talking about the couch, it’s also designed for friends and family members if they decide to come over. Underneath it is a retractable full-sized mattress, it’s practically useful and a space-saver at the same time.
It also has an office section, kitchen, bathroom, and a loft.
The kitchen may not be extravagant looking but it’s quite functional. Anything that you might need is actually there.
The couple’s bathroom lights are motion activated and it encloses a decent amount of space for their needs inside. Although he admitted their water supply comes from a well, so it kind of stains whatever it touches.
Get ready to see the loft.
Up the loft looks like a comfy bed in the middle of a garden.
Above the bed is a massive ring that gives you a spectacular view outside. Zach said you can see waves of stars at night but also shocks your eyes with light in the morning.
At the time of the interview, the couple had been living in the yurt for six months already. The experience of building the house was what they were really after, so they both agreed to sell the yurt house.
After all, the couple is quite adventurous and they want to set sail onto another journey.
Take a tour inside this design marvel in the video below!
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