This is a guest post by Kelly Patton on her 432 sq. ft. Artist Studio Yurt in Northern California.
This yurt is comfortable rustic living, or as I call it, fancy camping. It is nestled in the woods of Northern California and it is the perfect dwelling for the nature artist and writer that lives here. It was built by the land owner, 15 years ago, I rent it and have lived here for 2 years. Inside you will find a full kitchen with a classic Wedgewood stove, and the very efficient country wood burning stove. Fragrant cedar siding lines the interior and four Low-E windows add natural light. Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thank you!
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432 Sq. Ft. Artist Studio Yurt in Northern California
Images © Kelly Patton
Images © Kelly Patton
One of the enjoyable features of living in a round space is arranging furniture in an unusual way to separate sections of the living area. The living room and lounge are arranged in a semicircle next to the kitchen, as is the studio. A challenge of the round shape is that the kitchen appliances do not fit flush to the wall, that space can be difficult to keep clean.
There is an awesome high water pressure bathhouse under the porch, gray water leads to a fig tree. A little way up the hill, is the outdoor composting toilet. The yurt is built on stilts and the only access to the front door is through the porch. Standing on the manzanita porch gives you a great view of the sunset and hill.
One of the most appealing things about living in a yurt is the feeling of expansiveness in the interior. The yurt‘s diameter is 24ft and is 432 sq. ft. The highest point of the ceiling at the center circular window is 12ft. It also is great for playing records and movie watching with good speakers and you can experience stereo-like sound inside.
It has been inspiring to live in other alternative spaces such as a school bus and a small cabin in the woods. And the yurt is definitely top on my list. Since living in this yurt, I have painted over 10 large oil paintings, wrote and illustrated two books and held band practice. It is a multi-use space, a creative studio and my home.
A big thank you to Kelly Patton for sharing her tiny living story with us!
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