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Man and Son Living in Renovated Yurt

This is the story of a man and his son who live in a renovated yurt in Israel.

You can see the outside before and after shots, as well as the now-finished interior.

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Renovated Yurt Home for Man and his Son


Images © Amir Brillant

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Images © Amir Brillant

My name is Amir (an architect in my profession), and I’d like to share with you my yurt upgrading story. It so happened that I lived in a yurt for some 6 years in a small village in Israel called Clil. The yurt , when I got to it , was just a yurt with nothing in or out and very small windows and one door. No kitchen, no bathroom, nothing. As I lived there I started adding all these, and also an extra room for my son and a special niche for sleeping. After a while coated the inside with wood and also the outside with wood with plaster, and pulled the roof to extend the walls.

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.
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  • Linda
    October 5, 2016, 3:04 pm

    You’ve done a great job on the yerk. I have always loved the “openness”of them. So many couldn’t decorate or even place furniture in anything that doesn’t have walls. Love the sleeping area. Thank you for sharing..

    • October 7, 2016, 3:21 am

      Thank you Linda !
      nice to hear .. that yurt gave us many years of pleasure..

    • Natalie
      October 7, 2016, 5:11 am

      Yurts are my favorite! They are what got me into tiny homes 🙂 Thanks for reading! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Michael L
    October 7, 2016, 3:52 pm

    This is great. I’ve always thought I could live in a yurt. I’m an avid camper and it doesn’t take a lot to make me happy. I wish you and your son the best. And thanks for sharing.

    • October 9, 2016, 4:32 pm

      Thank you Michael !
      we also wish you all the best and a lot of camping and
      of this open air happiness .. : }

    October 10, 2016, 11:16 am

    I don’t particularly care for Yurts, and this one makes no exception to the rule….!

    • Natalie
      October 10, 2016, 2:35 pm

      Yurts are the best 🙂 But we can agree to disagree, haha — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Jackie
    November 5, 2016, 1:08 pm

    LOVE this type of floor plan! The possibilities are endless when rearranging furniture, decor and there is nothing visually small about it being a Yurt.. You have a wonderful, functioning home, Amir. I wish you and your son the very best. God bless you.

    • November 5, 2016, 2:32 pm

      Jackie thanks !
      it is so nice to get blessings from across the globe .
      we wish you all the best too.
      lots of happy and inspirational times

    November 5, 2016, 1:24 pm

    Good job on the renovation! I fell in love with yurts while looking up Tiny Houses a year or two ago. All that open airy concept and no corners was just what I was looking for in a small home. Once I find a property, a yurt would be my first choice in a TH.
    Happy Yurt living to both you and your son!

    • November 5, 2016, 2:36 pm

      Hey rosee!
      Thank you .
      it is so happens that now i plan two new yurts to
      be put at the same place..
      if you ever need a floor plan i will gladly send you.
      good luck : )

  • Susanne
    November 5, 2016, 6:11 pm

    Hope you have access to Solar Panels there Amir… Since the sun never quits there…and is the electricity ever shut off as in Syria and Gaza Strip?

    • November 6, 2016, 5:36 am

      Hey Susanne ,
      Well, yes. we do have solar panels. at the beginning i didn’t have and used only candles but at the end it arrived.
      I hope all those who seek life will get their solar panels, their peace inside and out and would use their energies to make life better.

  • Sarah
    November 5, 2016, 10:25 pm

    Amir, I am so impressed with what you have built!! I love the floors, the wood is beautiful. I love the bed area that you have made, the stove, there is a lot here to like. I think you’ve done a great job. My question is this: I live in Minnesota in the United States, climate changes from very hot to very cold. How does the yurt work with the temperature changes?

    • November 6, 2016, 5:29 am

      Hey Sarah
      Thank you for your kind words..
      to answer your question, the answer is isolation.
      very important to put in the walls and in the roof. ( in the floor , depends what floor you have ). use thick isolation than the heat will stay inside. and also will keep it cool when it is hot out side. the high window at the roof helps hot air to leave when you open it at warm climate. ..

  • Marie
    November 28, 2016, 8:00 pm

    Amir, I very much admire the skilled and dedicated work you have put into this wonderful yurt for your son and yourself. Your woodwork and craftsmanship are amazing, especially considering the fact that you’re building a circular structure! I wish you the best with all of your yurt endeavors! 🙂 -Marie, Boston, MA

    • November 30, 2016, 8:54 am

      Marie !
      So nice to hear. Thank you so very much.
      All the best

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