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Magical Yurt with Spiral Staircase Loft and Exterior Wooden Shell


This is Tal and Nao’s Rainforest Yurt!

It’s a 32 ft traditional canvas yurt that has been modified for the West Coast climate by adding a shingled roof, wooden siding, and extra insulation.

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Tal and Nao’s Rainforest Wooden-Yurt

From the outside, it looks like a round cabin but the interior still looks exactly like a yurt with canvas covers, lattice walls, and wooden roof rafters.

The yurt is inspired by Elvin architecture from The Lord of the Rings, with some intricately hand-carved elements including the impressive front door and the spiral staircase.

The open concept interior is bright and filled with plants, and it’s also a fully functional living space with a full kitchen, dining room, bathroom, living room, and two sleeping spaces.

The kitchen is large enough to cook a feast and there is a live-edge bar and a full-size dining table for hosting guests.

The first sleeping space is up in the loft in the center of the yurt, directly below the dome skylight.  Isn’t it beautiful?

There’s another bedroom in the addition that was built onto the left side of the yurt.

Take a full tour with the owners, Tal and Nao, to discover more about the yurt and their passion for facilitating a connection between the human world and the natural world.

VIDEO: Magical Yurt with Spiral Staircase Loft & Exterior Wooden Shell – Full Tour

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Danielle is a digital nomad who is passionate about tiny spaces, living with less, reducing waste and eating plant-based food. Danielle is half of the Exploring Alternatives blog & video project. You can find more of her at www.ExploringAlternatives.ca and her Exploring Alternatives YouTube Channel.
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  • Tom Osterdock
    March 12, 2021, 12:18 am

    Fantastic, I would love to have a house like that. I would just have to add two hobby rooms to it though. Great wish it was mine. I would most likely cut the trees back away from the house more for forest fires.

  • Bob H.
    March 13, 2021, 6:23 am

    Wow, beautiful small house. I like alternate designs.

  • Nerida D.
    March 13, 2021, 9:37 pm

    I am a big fan of yurts. I have never been a big fan of yurt look-a-likes or timber yurts, rubber walled yurts, anything but the ‘real thing’. Although I have been tinkering with the idea of a straw bale yurt (Y not?) This one however has won me over. It is beautiful, the craftmanship is stunning. Everything you could need. It was interesting to hear about the problems with the original canvas yurt and the time-line it took to become a problem.

    What a lovely couple and gorgeous little one, how wonderful to have friends and family that can contribute to a beautiful home like this. Am I right in understanding this is a rental? I wouldnt be able to leave.

    My only other question is where is his ‘home country’? Its always interesting to get a glimpse of someone’s heritage.

    Wishing them all the best they have done an amazing job.

  • Rebecca M Pettifer
    March 14, 2021, 1:45 am

    What a treat to see your home! It is absolutely beautiful and so unique! Thank you for showing it to us. I really enjoyed it!

  • Amber Wildman
    March 21, 2021, 10:37 am

    Wow, that is absolutely amazing – absolutely not what I was expecting from a yurt!

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