The Mongolian people have been living in Yurts (or Gers) since before the time of Gengis Khan where they are still the main type of home to some three quarters of the population.
In Western Europe and the USA, yurt construction is gaining in popularity as alternative dwellings and I reckon, could be a viable solution to temporary housing needs, or in a post SHTF situation.
Every shelter or home should start with a good solid foundation and building a yurt is no different. Start with a good solid foundation. Here the team are laying all the component parts out on the base materials made of lumber planks linked together. Whatever base you use you will need it raised off the ground. Modern yurt building uses frames made of lumber with plywood sheets or floorboards like these.
Most of the smaller family size yurts have self supporting roofs without the need for any central poles to support it. This keeps available space inside to a maximum. This yurt is a pretty large one so has a central roof support structure.
Putting the wall sections up starts with the door frame. Some examples have fitted window frames too which are constructed in a similar way, so that they can open and close for ventilation and light.
The lattice wall support structure is next which is like a garden trellis setup only better made and much more robust. Its all held togther when its up by tension band straps that go all around the outside that support the integrity of the framework.
Roof laths go on. They slot into hooks on the roof ring and onto metal spikes on the tops of the wall.
The first of the roof and wall coverings go on. This protects the insulating covering that will be going on next.
The heavyweight waterproof canvas goes on next to keep out the rain, wind and snow.
The final dressing cover is on next. This is just for asthetics although a cammo one would maybe look pretty slick!
Just because its portable doesn’t mean it needs to be cold, wet and miserable. The Mongolians furnish their yurts pretty luxuriously. Solar panels for TVs and computers are becoming more common these days, even out in the middle of nowhere.
Yurts aren’t necessarily just for setting up in the backyard or for holiday camping. They provide a viable home alternative to many people who choose to live off grid and can be hooked up to facilities like electricity and running water, building permits aside.
Here’s some links to some other cool resources about Yurts.
Evolution Of The Handgun – Infographic
Hypothermia – What It Is And What You Can Do To Prevent It.
How To Make A Survival Knife From An Old File
Felling Trees – How To Cut Down Trees Safely
Infographic – How To Survive in Your Home During An Emergency
How To Hurricane Proof Your Home – (Infographic)
Protect Your Home And Family From Catastrophic Fire Events
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