Yurt Living: Book Review

Honestly, I researched small sustainable home building options for three years and was not sold on a yurt until I realized the fabric kits are the least expensive and fastest way to build a home. That was 2008 August. Architectural plans, finances, property construction, etc. caused me to store the yurt until I moved in 2009 April. My new home was erected in three days. This is 2010 February (almost a year of yurt dwelling) and I just recently completed this fabulous book.

Read rave reviews on Amazon Books from people who may have never stepped into a yurt. They express how wonderfully written this book, YURTS Living in the Round by Becky Kemery, is. I’m here to tell you it is also excellent from an existing yurt dweller’s perspective.

Of course it would be wise to read this book before constructing a yurt, but my point is that this is priceless information either way. Author Becky’s thoroughness with excellent photographs is amazing. Hard to believe anyone knows more about yurt living than she does and I can’t think of a detail she’s omitted. In fact, I am surprised building codes are addressed because it is such a complex issue, but the fearless author does. Yurt living does attract off-grid and nomad types, who aren’t so unique these days.

As author Becky emphasizes, round living creates a magical connection to nature. Some may interpret her comments and inserted poems in the book as religious, but it is spiritual, and there is a difference. Due to the unique round living positive energy, I can’t imagine returning to a rectangular or conventional home for the rest of my years on Earth. Becky expresses such sentiments beautifully.

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About the Author

I am Delia, d/b/a Chic Eco on www.ChicEco.com, and established myself as an eco fashion guru by learning "who makes what in the world of environmental fashion and design." Enjoy reading some of my freelance writing about environmental design, fashion and art -- from both consumer and supplier perspectives. You may notice I focus most on individual eco designers, movers and shakers. From sustainable fashion apparel to paint and flooring, discoveries are a rush. I get my kicks this way. I also offer sales representation of earth-friendly designed products for wholesale buyers. Retailers may take advantage of my services with factory-direct pricing. Spend less time sourcing and prevent green-washed purchases! My other forte is connecting suppliers with business-to-business tools. Aspects of my business vary with consulting services while I'm proud to be the aide that embraces unique and innovative gigs. I'm originally a Kentucky Blue Grass gal who relocated to Maui early 2006 and the tropical Puna District of Big Island, Hawaii late 2007. Walk the talk is my motto here. Early 2009 I constructed a yurt home office in a semi-urban setting on a tiny lot. My water comes from the sky, contained in a catchment that's not likely to dry in this rain forest. The electric is designed for solar conversion. I grow about 30% of my food organically, compost, and recycle to the hilt. Permaculture with a full eco system is my gardening style. In fact, gardening is my ultimate joy. I seek gigs like design, weeding and planting between other jobs. My love is Hawai'i which has more climate zones than any state. There are frequent earthquakes here, typically under a 3.0 magnitude, and I happen to dig the vibrations. It's a wonderful simple life in paradise. As I grow older and wiser, I become more and more grateful.
  • Thanks, Delia, for the lovely review.

    You’ve taken up the torch and are now running with it, continuing to explore various design aspects of yurts, for which I’m most grateful. Thanks for all your good work.

    I’d like to invite your readers to visit the companion site to the book, http://www.yurtinfo.org, where they will find lots of information and some excerpts from the book. And please do join me on my new Yurtlady facebook page.

    Best of luck to all who are dreaming of yurts,

    becky kemery
    Author of “YURTS: Living in the Round”
    http://www.yurtinfo.org
    http://www.livingintheround.org

  • Thanks, Delia, for the lovely review.

    You’ve taken up the torch and are now running with it, continuing to explore various design aspects of yurts, for which I’m most grateful. Thanks for all your good work.

    I’d like to invite your readers to visit the companion site to the book, http://www.yurtinfo.org, where they will find lots of information and some excerpts from the book. And please do join me on my new Yurtlady facebook page.

    Best of luck to all who are dreaming of yurts,

    becky kemery
    Author of “YURTS: Living in the Round”
    http://www.yurtinfo.org
    http://www.livingintheround.org

  • Great review of a wonderful book. I work at the Colorado Yurt Company and we recommend Becky’s book often. It covers all the details you need for yurt living and still manages to convey the romance and dream of living in a structure that allows you to be so close to nature and still be protected from it’s harsh side at the same time.

  • Great review of a wonderful book. I work at the Colorado Yurt Company and we recommend Becky’s book often. It covers all the details you need for yurt living and still manages to convey the romance and dream of living in a structure that allows you to be so close to nature and still be protected from it’s harsh side at the same time.

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  • Diy

    Yurts is written wonderfully. It is straightforward and brief, bright and packed with pictures, and features almost everything you’d ever have to know about yurts. No doubt upon reading the book that the writer has used her very own comprehensive personal experience and knowledge in crafting it.