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Best Low Cost Tiny House Alternative - The Mongolian Yurt

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We met up with Rivkah from Groovy Yurts (www.groovyyurts.com) to learn about the traditional hand-painted yurts (gers) they import directly from Mongolia, and we also helped her team set one up at the Tiny House Festival this summer. It was more work than we thought it would be but it was totally worth it when we finally stepped inside the beautiful structure. Mat and I both love the round shape of a yurt, and the natural light that pours in from the skylight dome in the center. We also really appreciate that these yurts are made from 100% natural & renewable resources. The wall lattice (khana), the roof ring (toono), and the rafters (uni) are built from sustainably harvested wood (Groovy Yurts plants 35 trees for every yurt sold). The cotton liner and outside cover are made from cotton (less sustainable but still natural and renewable), the insulation is made from sheep's wool felt, the ropes that tie the yurt together are made from braided horse hair, and the lattice joints are held together with pieces of camel hide. It took us no time at all to set up the walls of the yurt into a perfect circle. The tricky part was making sure the centre ring was actually centred so that the rafters could fit into the notches at the top of the lattice walls, and into the notches in the centre ring. In less than a few hours, we helped set up a house that was cozy and warm, all natural, and that provided ample natural daylight. We couldn't get over how easy it was to make a yurt compared to building a tiny house or a conventional home. And it was so much cheaper, too! Obviously the materials that a yurt are made of will not last as long as a conventional home, but they can still last a very long time if they're properly cared for. Rivkah was telling us that in Mongolia, they expect a yurt to last 100 years, with repairs and maintenance of course. In some of North America's wetter climates, yurts of any kind (natural and synthetic) can experience moisture issues if they are not regularly occupied and heated to keep them dry. To combat this moisture issue, Groovy Yurts offers the option of including an additional waterproof layer between the canvas and the insulation to avoid moisture seeping into the structure. Mongolian yurts are hand-painted and are usually red or orange inside to symbolize the sun shining over the Mongolian steppe. They are traditionally heated with a wood stove that is also used for cooking. Since Mongolian people have a deep respect for the earth, they prefer not to tie their homes down to the earth. Instead, they will use a rope and attach it to something heavy, like their wood stove or a heavy rock to prevent it from being damaged by high winds. Yurts (also known as Gers) are impressively simple yet efficient little structures with a lot of character. We hope you have fun learning more about them in this video. For more information about Groovy Yurts, visit their website here: http://www.groovyyurts.com/en/ Thanks for watching! Mat & Danielle ------------------------------------------------------------- SUPPORT OUR CHANNEL! ------------------------------------------------------------ If you like our videos, please consider supporting us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/exploringalternatives ------------------------------------------------------------- STAY IN TOUCH! ------------------------------------------------------------ Blog: www.exploringalternatives.ca Facebook: /exploringalternativesblog Instagram: @exploringalternatives ------------------------------------------------------------- VIDEO CREDITS ------------------------------------------------------------ Music & Song Credits: All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat of Exploring Alternatives. Editing Credits: Mat and Danielle of Exploring Alternatives Filming Credits: Mat of Exploring Alternatives
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Lisa Nicholls (23 days ago)
Thank you so much for your fantastic channel and all the good you do
Exploring Alternatives (23 days ago)
Thanks Lisa, have a great day! :)
katie blossom (1 month ago)
Wait can you stand up in it?
Gulzhazira Akhmetova (2 months ago)
Its not mongolian. Its Kazakhstaninan
Jan Levine (2 months ago)
Bears???
Tony Ofarrell (2 months ago)
Its beautiful,would love one
Ernest Jay (4 months ago)
"Your palace can last forever, but my yurt can go anywhere" [Genghis Khan]
The Toxic Legends (5 months ago)
if you want one with two floors or an extended floor size? like a 1300 to 1700 square footage?
cait is a winwin stan (5 months ago)
i LOVE this. i want this. i respect this
Jet Lee (5 months ago)
I could live in one alone in the wild away from people...
Soul Journ (5 months ago)
Thank you.
Angie J (6 months ago)
What gorgeous structures and a wonderful company!
cinnamonstar808 (6 months ago)
✬ ✭ ✮ ✯ 3:41 They cant stop LOOTING ✬ ✭ ✮ ✯ it like its their blood to steal and lie. they give you $1:00 of bullshit aid and walk away with $1000 of yours thru the backdoor. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! They know no one wants them in their lands so they disguise themselves wrapped in "charity " or "white Jesus" to come loot you ( then used their media 🎥 👩🏻 👨🏻 to say these lands around the world are poor; (3:50 )when its really them that has no culture or wealth) They are never in their Superior land or cave .. WHY??? = always "exploring" or stealing whole continents ( who does that?... ) Everything they own now is 2nd hand: from land, gems, to cuisines to Jesus... now even the damn roof over your head , they take. ✍300 yrs from now this will be THEIR HISTORY; it will be Siberian Yurt, then Russian Yurt, then Viking Yurt , then European Yurt will show you videos in History classrooms: from way back in 2016 showing European brought that tradition to Canada. just ask Yoga, rock & roll, or bagpipes+ tartan If Mongolian try to stop or even benefit from their own culture = they will have Ebola tomorrow - Demons
Jupistar1 (6 months ago)
I want one
Solo Bat-Erdene (6 months ago)
Please refer our homes as "Ger/Gher" please, as that is what it is.
Michaela Stephens (6 months ago)
Finally a video with the intricate, traditional yurts I grew up in! The cheap American versions have become so popular, it's nice to see some people still have the beautiful classic ones.
Mehmet Ekici (6 months ago)
Yurt is Turkish name Turkish Yurt Diffierend than You showing Dome ...
Claire WORRELL (6 months ago)
Well... After 52 winters in Quebec I do not believe that one could survive in a Mongolian yurt here all year round. Is that a space, an actual breach, under the doorway - above the floor? Siberia, you say? No toilet? Doubtfully curious now..Going to the Groovy Yurts website.
Cherry Lynn (7 months ago)
Absolutely beautiful! Awesome design. I love it!
bashpr0mpt (7 months ago)
Mongolia, Siberia, I mean, who's counting the 12,000 kilometers between right? >_>
Julie Tulley (1 month ago)
Thank you I was tilting my head and about to get out the map !
Renee Parker (8 months ago)
I love that they stick to the Mongolian tradition.
Bayarsaikhan Sandagdorj (8 months ago)
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0インデラー (9 months ago)
WTF WHY DO PEOPLE CALL IT YURT? Its a "Ger" ( im mongolian )
Celeste Rob (9 months ago)
Love this Mongolian style house........But I have a question ?.....How safe is it in wilderness with bears and other wildlife ?
Servant of the Earth (9 months ago)
Great video. Thank you!
Kanat Kungazin (10 months ago)
Qazaqstan yurt bytofol!
timbart99 (10 months ago)
Where is the bathroom/toilet?
Gus Colon (10 months ago)
SJWs say, this is: "cultural appropriation."
LazyOldMe RS (10 months ago)
Wheres da bathroom?!
Alexandra H (10 months ago)
I wanted to learn more and clicked on your link, but instead of a website it went to a 404 Error page. Just thought you should know. Alex
630247365 (10 months ago)
Westerners are really good at cultural appropriation aren't they.
Jane Curtis (10 months ago)
that is so nice.
0249er (10 months ago)
Yurt is a Turkish word for this type of tent, the Mongolian word would be Ger (although im not Mongolian so it may be wrong). I have been in some with nomads and they had hung carpets on the wall which make cozy.
campbub (11 months ago)
she is incredibly attractive!! 😳 ~Intelligent ~interesting ~attractive ~kind ~ and a lover of Yurts...
bodybalancer (11 months ago)
THATS fucking AWESOME!!!!! GOOD WORK!!!!!! 👏🙌✌️✨
Devon Blacksmith (1 year ago)
nice, a quick question what size is a wall panel normally
Angie Krajewski (1 year ago)
Need to know about extreme weather like winter.... how do you manage?
Carl Schmiedeke (1 year ago)
So with the mice , how does that work
Timothy Black (1 year ago)
I have built four Festival yurts from scratch myself, not to quite this standard but the basic structure was the same, and I can say I very much appreciate the craftsmanship that has gone into these yurts. Top notch. To be perfectly honest, I have always wanted to build a three story, Grand Yurt that is a permanent structure :-)
a b (1 year ago)
Better than tiny house except for safety.
Indigo Dragon71 (1 year ago)
Why not talk with a bamboo fabric maker to see if you could design bamboo concrete fabric. Then prefabricate a outer cover you can slip over the yurt that all you would have to do would be to soak it down with water and it would cure rock solid for permanent yurts. You could then use bamboo cellulose in the walls roof and base has insulation then apply another layer of bamboo concrete fabric soak it all down and let it cure. Bamboo concrete fabric could be cut into squares and a bendable screw strip riveted to one side which then could be used to cover the roof. Add water and the roof becomes hard and is ceramic. Just some crazy ideas.
Oducci VInciguerra (1 year ago)
For ur knowlege: In mongolian historycal tradition oven of the yurt's door must look at to right hand , at least olders will get angry like that in video
Indigo Dragon71 (1 year ago)
Aluminium tubes with hinges that attach to the door and form the rings of the yurt wall. With aluminum eye beams that support the ribs of the yurt that attach to the base and to the roof with swevil locks. Same manner of construction for the roof. Then have a one piece cover you slip over the outside thats weather proof. For cold months have a insulating layer you can attach to the aluminum eye beams and to the inside of the roof with push pin locks. Cool!
Porco Rosso (1 year ago)
how well does it hold up in Stormy weather?
IIA Target Analyst (1 year ago)
Couldnt use some other building material besides wood? Something that will not act like a sponge absorb moisture
John McKillop (1 year ago)
awesome
UltraBigJimbo (1 year ago)
Khaaaaaaan
UnitedPebbles (1 year ago)
How much does it cost?  Mongolia is dry?  how does the architect fare to wetter climate?
TheSapphireDragon1 (1 year ago)
Question what about a bathroom? is this just for camping or..................
Mel.M. Leolahi (1 year ago)
This is still one of my fave videos 👍🏼
Matt Nichols (1 year ago)
GER!!!!
Zephyr (1 year ago)
this is beautiful, but I think I would need some windows
Spiraling Universe (1 year ago)
Yurts are awesome their are the most greenest option on earth or any like planet that us humans live on. it is of simple materials and can be grown from animals or plants to provide insulation and does not need much wood. In a community with lots of yurts is all we need to be together like a true one body one communion. so many others claim to be green or off grid but they still use fancy machines and solar panels and still need tvs and ect when u still need the shipping industries to provide to lavish your live style it is still damaging to the earth all those special things and those companys that build them mine and destroy to harvest those goods and obstruct nature prevent and or slow down animal migrations forest are dwindling and being paved over with cities and factories and over farmed areas. when most of all we should cut down on our wants and be with nature and not against it. We only need our fellow humans we are of one body one communion and should all follow the same laws equally by one counselor. A community is Their company each member or individual of the community would be equal amongst each other like a family or a tribe each having supporting roles for their community. As they grow their community grows stronger from their services they provided to their community. Most of all when each member provides all that they can to the community and all that the community can provide to the individual of the community then all needs are taken care of. As the community grows stronger and each member satisfied and more depended on their own power they dont need outside goods of unfamiliar knowledge of how it became to be.
I bought one from GROVY YURTS and love it. I stayed in it for a half a winter and can't wait to do it this winter. Any suggestions on a permanent bace for it? have some videos on my channel
Mitch Collins (1 year ago)
great story and company
enkhee natsag (1 year ago)
I think traditional mongolia Ger is harder than any tradional causation people's wood house or asians clay house.Making traditional mongolia by hand ancient time .I think it is lot hard work and made designed fold moveable so a lot of intelligence.
EPIC!!!!!
Sony S (1 year ago)
I love this, so beautiful. how much would this cost ?
MJorgy5 (1 year ago)
Groovy Yurts spokeswoman is super groovy.
oriontherealironman (1 year ago)
Dirty hippies.... god I love you guys!!! Keep rockin lol
Jita'ame suluma (1 year ago)
Mongolia is not Siberia, although they do touch and both sides have Altaic people
NIGHTOWL MGL (1 year ago)
this hose name's ger
Dan Morgan (1 year ago)
Neat Yurt but I instinctively distrust anyone who "uptalks" as much as the young woman in this video.
Bassa Ch (1 year ago)
Love it!!! Thumbs up !!!
Thanks for watching :) :)
Jim Martin (1 year ago)
You could use concrete canvas, cut canvas into squares then rivet a bendable screwed strip to one side. Then lay canvas like shingles over yurt then just add water. A neat way to make a fire proof yurt for a woodland setting. You could even make shingled shutters for the windows and have the doors shingled has well using the cement canvas shingles.
Tamara Weber (1 year ago)
Beautiful!!!
risa bear (1 year ago)
I have lived in a yurt on work sites (1970s). Its wall was a sheet of clear polyethylene but it was comfy in winter with the little wood stove.
Cooper Bee (1 year ago)
I want one hook me up!
BERTIL SCALI (1 year ago)
Rivkah should learn to talk without uptalk and vocal fry. And much slower. And more clearly. Otherwise, great yurt.
Jose Ventura (1 year ago)
were do I buy
Wish she would of said what size of yurt she was showing us
Dan B. (1 year ago)
I love yurts! I've always wanted to live in one.
helio gomez (1 year ago)
where can I buy one???
Kernek 44 (1 year ago)
"Yurt" is a Turkish word that is still being used for dormitories. Also we call our country as our "yurt". These traditional turkish tents are still being used on higher altitudes here in our country. In summer we climb to higher altitudes for fresh and cool air and also to feed our animals. Soo we still do use exactly same tents here. People living their whole life in these tents are called "Yörük" people. The word comes from "yürümek" verb. Which means "to walk" in Turkish. These people (my ancestors used to as well) stay in these tents whole their lifes travelling to lands of grass for their animals and trading. You can easily come accross with such huge families if you are travelling around Toros Mountains region. One important thing is that we prefer goat wool rather than sheep. That is because goat wool is better for climate controlling. It keeps warmer in winter and cooler in summer and much more retardant to fire and water. That is surely a fact. Unfortunately it is not easy to find such spinned and woven goat wool these days. Like my grandma used to do and i loved to watch. Fabricated stuff do not work as well as experienced. You must go up the mountains or wait for them come down once in a summer. Any one who is willing to reach the sources for real can reach me here. Best regards. | "Yurtta sulh cihanda sulh" "Peace at home peace in the world" Mustafa Kemal Atatürk |
Michael smith (1 year ago)
How much does this cost?
Allen Hare (1 year ago)
Thanks for another great video. This one was so nice for so many different reasons. The lovely lady presenter did a great job explaining the structure, the culture, and the backstory. One of these yurts would make a great little weekend retreat or vacation home in the mountains. Keep On Truckin'
Cathy Baby (1 year ago)
nice wood stove where can I buy one
Uygar BOCUTOĞLU (1 year ago)
"Yurt" is a Turkish word that is still being used for dormitories. Also we call our country as our "yurt". These traditional turkish tents are still being used on higher altitudes here in our country. In summer we climb to higher altitudes for fresh and cool air and also to feed our animals. Soo we still do use exactly same tents here. People living their whole life in these tents are called "Yörük" people. The word comes from "yürümek" verb. Which means "to walk" in Turkish. These people (my ancestors used to as well) stay in these tents whole their lifes travelling to lands of grass for their animals and trading. You can easily come accross with such huge families if you are travelling around Toros Mountains region. One important thing is that we prefer goat wool rather than sheep. That is because goat wool is better for climate controlling. It keeps warmer in winter and cooler in summer and much more retardant to fire and water. That is surely a fact. Unfortunately it is not easy to find such spinned and woven goat wool these days. Like my grandma used to do and i loved to watch. Fabricated stuff do not work as well as experienced. You must go up the mountains or wait for them come down once in a summer. Any one who is willing to reach the sources for real can reach me here. Best regards. | "Yurtta sulh cihanda sulh" "Peace at home peace in the world" Mustafa Kemal Atatürk |
Lulo Lee (3 days ago)
How usually the shower is organized?
Kernek 44 (1 year ago)
Almanca yazacaktim ,anlamazlar diye senin Cümlelerini kopyaladim tekrardan , cünkü cok iyi anlatmissin ....bendede zaten o kadar ingilizce yok :)
SandyzSerious (1 year ago)
Where do you go to the bathroom or bathe?
jan keizer (1 year ago)
Best Low Cost Tiny House Alternative - The Mongolian Yurt
Zalya Doehring (1 year ago)
You're lying
powerpuff4ever (1 year ago)
i really appreciate how she takes every opprotunity to share the traditional aspects of yurts
Joel Ellowitz (1 year ago)
I lived in a 20' diameter yurt for two years outside of Durango, Colorado. I found a land owner that had 16,000 acres and we plopped it down an an elevation of about 8000 feet. We used fiberglass insulation just because it was 1982-3 and organic insulation was hard to find. I cherished the lifestyle and would have remained longer but they wanted to develop the ground I was on. If I had the opportunity to do it again, I would pounce on it. Thank you for posting!
Lulo Lee (3 days ago)
How did you organize shower?
Hexica Witchbroom (1 year ago)
Love it
Telmen Luvsandorj (1 year ago)
woaw
Sarnai Ochkhuu (1 year ago)
Cool
Telmen Luvsandorj (1 year ago)
nice
Jetzii Ophelia (1 year ago)
I want one of these yurts so soo much. (= They are absolutely beautiful and unique, I also lovee this company's outlook and how they help other people and mother earth. Lovely. ♡
ERIKA DOWDY (1 year ago)
Beautiful- i need one later on. U hope they are still afgordable then? Ive heard there is kindof a problem when its eeally hot but im sure u can just take some layers off?! Love the idea tho and that furniture is to die for!
JVONROCK (1 year ago)
Love the view, what I've seen of Mongolia its barren and cold. Inside bright and colorful an warm, who wants to look outside.
ThatDutchguy (1 year ago)
Cool back story 👍😆.
Roger Hart (1 year ago)
Awesome business model with a win-win for the workers and new yurt owners! Bravo, what a great youtube post!
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narangoo dash (1 year ago)
There are much better houses in the city but this is Mongolian house so many people in Mongolian live in here
narangoo dash (1 year ago)
Mongolians where one of the strongest country 800 years ago plus I'm from Mongolian but I live in city but I know about the country side
Daniel Potts (1 year ago)
how much
DIAMOND LIL (2 years ago)
Such a grand endeavor you have taken on! Very good for the earth and her people.
Joe (2 years ago)
So, what do you do when you want some "recreation" with your couple when there's a child... Since that all from wood do you think it will make the noise?
Elan2026 (2 years ago)
That just expanded my options. I want to live in a yurt now. :D thank you for posting this. Do you know how long it takes to assemble a yurt?
Life Itinerant (2 years ago)
Really informative, enjoyable, and beautifully shot. Can't wait to see what will come next. New Sub :D
Clinton Beckway (2 years ago)
WOW, if I had abit of land I would love one. great job.

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