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US couple build impressive DIY yurt and share their plans for free

Do It Yurtself - Portland, Oregon

Tiny house enthusiasts Zach Both and Nicole Lopez from Portland, Oregon have created their very own, self-built, contemporary yurt that features an impressive indoor garden. What’s more they have released a free step-by-step guide online, titled Do It Yurtself, giving the opportunity for other tiny house lovers to build their own tiny home, away from built-up cities without sacrificing too much space or breaking the bank.
The Do It Yurtself yurt is located amid a lush forest setting outside Portland, Oregon. The yurt, a portable circular dwelling, originating from Central Asia. It is typically structured with latticework of wood or bamboo for walls, a door frame, insulation and PVC fabric for a canvas cover. Both and Lopez’s yurt however, features an indoor, loft garden, creating a contemporary tiny home that boasts a gorgeous indoor aesthetic and atmosphere.

As you get closer to Both and Lopez’s American yurt, the more detail you notice; wooden lattice work over the yurt windows, the dark wooden door with a calico-like curtain. As you enter the dwelling, you are met with large, light coloured latticework over the walls. A light-filled home, it features a small, functional kitchen, a workspace with the basics and an elevated loft bedroom with a skylight that features a dome to prevent rain, hail, leaves etc. from entering your yurt. The impressive loft bedroom is round, with a circular planter housing over 45 plants.
Zach Both, a filmmaker and writer, and his partner Nicole Lopez, a worker in a nearby hospital, built it over six months, with the exterior structure going up in a single weekend, with the help of loved ones spurring them on. On completion of their yurt home, Both has said, “it’s been incredible to adapt a structure with a history that stretches back thousands of years, [it] was our attempt at building a modern yurt for the 21st century.”

Do It Yurstelf is a functional home – allowing relaxing respite through the light-filled and open space, and economical in its utilisation of a workspace equipped for Both’s filmmaking and writing. The yurt is 9.14m (30 feet) in diameter, with a 68 sqm (730sq ft) living space. The interior uses water from a nearby well, which many yurt homes dig up themselves. You are also able to get water delivered to you, if your budget allows or install an outdoor water tank. Existing water lines were hooked up with polyethylene tubing. A compost toilet is used in the bathroom.
Both and Lopez used existing power from a RV hook-up, with the help of a licensed electrician. The yurt can also be upgraded to include solar panels, if your budget allows it. A wood stove heats the tiny home during the colder months.

Zach Both and Nicole Lopez welcome you to build your own contemporary yurt with their free guide, available on Zach has written detailed step-by-step instructions incorporating photos and videos to make your build as easy and successful as possible.

Do It Yurtself