March 13, 2014

March 12, 2014

Water Catchment Art

From before to after by pane:

Yea, my yurt home water catchment was painted by a work trader from Austria 2014 February; mission accomplished. Love it!

The tank was two-thirds full of rain water.

Algae and plant particles were siphoned from inside the tank with a water hose. The process took about an hour.

There is a water filter on the pump located under my yurt home. Although I do not drink this water, it is used for washing dishes, bathing and toilet.

The nearly five year old catchment cover has some tears, but is in good condition after clean up. It is on top of the new cover.

Why two covers? The old cover ($135 cost) blocks light, which prevents algae accumulation. The new cover ($155 cost) is much more durable, but does not block light so well.

The old cover had a three-year life projection. The new cover has a ten-year projection.

Would love a hard-top catchment, yet the cost is about $2,000!

Artist Renata Jett

December 1, 2013

Artistic Water Catchment

Well constructed and beautiful water catchment at Pahoa Transfer Station, a/k/a "the dump". 

Big MAHALO to artist Charlene Lofgreen!

With gutters on your yurt, gift yourself plumbing to a catchment with curb appeal.

October 5, 2013

On The Road

On the Road Perspective
Oahu-made yurt on custom built trailer.

August 23, 2013

July 20, 2013

Yurts + Feng Shui

Love Feng Shui Sister Feilani!

Feilani was a volunteer of this art and special technique on facebook. She described her consulting as very traditional and "un-intimidating" ― called the "Red Envelope" tradition.

In 2010 she wrote:

If cash is what you're looking for, then look no further! Try this money enhancement... take 9 paper bills, fan them out and place this anywhere in your Wealth Corner (as you walk in through your front door, it's located to the very far left corner of your home or office). That good energy we like to call "chi", will fan over some cash your way in no time!

So I asked Feilani ...

  • Do I still look left if my main entry is the back door?
  • Does my round yurt home make a difference?


  • Always use your front door as the "mouth of your chi." Even if you use the backdoor, you can "activate" the front door by simply opening it now and again. And place a bell on the front door handle (indoor or outdoor handle will do). Oh and a wind chime by the front door can do wonders!
  • As for the round yurt, try to anchor the corners of your bagua by placing planters by the "imaginary four corner's" of your yurt. The easiest way to envision this is to draw a square around your circular yurt, (it will look like a circle within a square) and those four corners are where you need anchors.

Mongolian Ger Front Doors
So good to know Feilani; thanks! Another tip I learned is to plant red blooming plants for prosperity near your front door or/and along your walkway.

For bells and chimes, see products below ...

Invitation to my YURTS board on Pinterest:

June 15, 2012

Shared on the Tiny House blog from

David Dees-illustration

April 8, 2012

Hawaiian Yurt Village Retreat

Looking for more luxury and services than the Chic Eco yurt in Pahoa?

Located on Big Island's Island's North Kohala coast is a full off-grid retreat. Five yurts offer a simple alternative to the boutique-style facility at Ahu Pohaku Ho'omaluhia in Kapaau.

See Green Lodging News story for details or visit the Hawaii Island Retreat site.

March 29, 2012

Weddings + Events Yurt-style

Fashioning Felt in Palace Yurt
Creative interior options for weddings and events are abundant in yurts.

Betz White photographed the Palace Yurt at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York City for the Fashioning Felt exhibit. The lace-look opened eyes to visualize a ceremony, ― be it wedding, funeral, reception, etc.

Laurel Nest Vendor Yurt
Laurel Nest Yurts of North Carolina shares their vendor yurt to distribute information at festivals and conferences. Can't you also vision a crystal boutique, ― or something with spiritual and meditation tools? Shopping with a cozy-charm sense!

The Alaska Yurt Village is filled with artsy vendors who treasure sustainable living. Find seasonal yurt-boutiques who offer handmade goods that range from yarns to jewelry and more.

Viking Yurt
How about dinner ambiance? The Viking Yurt in Utah's Park City Mountain Resort offers a fine menu with a pianist ready to take requests.
Reserve a yurt for intimate dinning, or for a small party, ― an idea for most any location, but especially here in Hawai'i where organic and raw local foods are available year-round!

Interior Decorating Intro
Weddings + Special Events

March 23, 2012

Awnings, Gardening + Yurts

Morning Glories Climb Awning Hardware
Before ordering or building a yurt, one must decide if and where there will be windows.
Tropical Vines Climb From Ground to Tree Stump,
to Awning to Lanai

First you study the property: ― sunrise, sunset, typical wind direction. Next it's the interior floor plan.

Then regardless of the kind of window/s you select, consider exterior awnings. Why go the extra expense? Because they're functional.

Yurt awnings provide privacy and weather protection. My particular location has windows open most the time, but seasonal high winds and heavy rains are common. Yet with an awning, the need to close a window is very rare.

Gardening is my thing and I get a kick out of seeing blooms climb up to my windows. Pictured below are morning glories germinated and grown with the help of awning-rainwater runoff.

Hence, I discovered the awnings very useful for starting plants. Those hard-to-germinate seeds come alive with this method. Not pictured are impatiens that thrive in the heat under another window due to the consistent moist ground. There's an inside blooming view from every window now.

My location is in the rain forest, so of course required maintenance will vary. But typically, the usual daily rain will bring beautiful benefits with minimal effort.

Last, but not least reason to love awnings, ―ambiance!

There are awning downsides illustrated below. All it takes, however, is some periodic mildew cleaning and rust preventive measures on your awning hardware. For yurt dwelling lovers, it ain't no big deal, ― just a little forewarning.
Rust Development on Right Rod

May 18, 2011

Red Kite Yurts in Scotland

Red Kite Yurts released a short video demonstrating their perfected wedding and event services. Think candles, linens, wood-burning stove, rugs, and imagination!

Daily hire begins at £200 GBP, the British Pound, for a 3-day event. That's equivalent to about  $325 USD at the time of this writing.

This company happens to be the largest hand-crafted manufacturer in Scotland with an abundance of out-of-the-box event services.

Check out the new "Barn Yurt" that's perfect for events. The Red Kite Blog is under creative development with details at the time of this writing.

October 11, 2010

Yurt Living: Solutions to Mold Fears

No doubt about it, the best mold prevention anywhere on anything is air flow and sunshine. Actually yurts have less mold issues than most conventional buildings.

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June 16, 2010

Financial Help

You know the proverb, if there's a will, there's a way. And determination with will is certainly a required combo to produce creative financing. I guarantee, Colorado Yurt Company, (CYC) is at it.

It's exciting that Sam Kigar of CYC shares his findings of peer-to-peer and social lending options on the company blog. Since every loan differs, it's a challenge to summarize expectations. Yet Sam explains the process, requirements and precautions well.

"The Loans Marketplace" Prosper, is Sam's first recommended site. It's all about appeasing both lenders and borrowers. With today's frustrations, it can be a refreshing option to step out of the traditional bank lending process.

Also recommended is the Lending Club. Their motto is: "Investors earn better returns, borrowers pay lower rates." Both companies are headquartered in California.

The interest rates are typically better than a bank, but good credit is essential. Sam says your loan request can hang one to two weeks so you can comparison shop interest rates.

Cash payment is every wise person's preference, but credit card payments are most popular for yurts. When goods are shipped out-of-state, you can submit a credit card purchase order without sales tax. Another tip a financial comrade recently told me is that credit union banks honor better credit card interest rates than conventional banks. So if you do use a credit card, shop around for the best interest rate.

As you can imagine, there are advantages to not having a mortgage. Yurt makers are networking and realizing there are better methods for the industry. Additionally, buyers are finding alternatives to conventional insurance without a mortgage. They customize the security of their assets by improved means.

Financial structures are changing rapidly and globally this year. And this year will be the second annual yurt makers conference in Hawaii during August. Networking on this topic will be a good thing, so stay tuned.

February 12, 2010

Yurt Living: Book Review

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 this wonderful book.

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January 26, 2010

Yurt Living: Solar Power Potential

John notes the solar panels are on a sled-type contraption. He created that so he could move them around during construction. He wants to find the optimum year-round location before permanently mounting them.
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December 20, 2009

Yurt Living: Interior Clay Wall Decor

The natural colors are rich with texture and depth not found from other finishes. Earth tones range with green and blue titles like Kentucky Blue and Savannah Moss.

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December 9, 2009

Yurt Living: Interior Decorating Intro

Like green merchandise, yurts are riding a trend wave to last. There's no doubt in my mind that professional interior designers will be catching on to those waves soon.

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November 7, 2009

Yurt Living: Window Shopping

With most yurt manufacturers, three windows are in the basic price. Those windows typically include screens, storm windows, and zippered privacy flaps.

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October 16, 2009

Yurt Living: Creative Flooring Suppliers

The final yurt floor consideration I recommend is parquetry. This is a style, rather than a material, but incorporates natural resources beautifully.

October 10, 2009

Yurt Living: Floor Options

For a temporary event, the floor is made in small interlocking panels, in either smooth or non-slip tongue and grooved boards. This is good for portability and storage. Custom finishes may be applied.

September 26, 2009

Yurt Living: Platform Design Options

Some yurts are constructed as a second or third floor, ‒ perhaps topped on a conventional type building.

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September 21, 2009

Yurt Living: Domes, Light, Furniture

Lifehacker author Angus Kidman shares her recent post titled Add Wheels To Your Furniture For Faster Cleaning. Could we re-phrase this to Furniture on Wheels Makes Finer Yurt Living?

September 9, 2009

Yurt Living: Dome, Cupola or Spire?

Posted on FeelGoodStyle:

Enthusiasts please never forget Becky Kemery, author of Yurts: Living in the Round. She pops up from my Internet searches frequently answering queries and contributing advice on forums. If you have a specific yurt question, she’s the Queen!

August 23, 2009

Yurt Living - Colors

Posted on FeelGoodStyle:

Know that yurt living is so connected with nature that outdoors is the best place to observe and vision a color palette.

August 6, 2009

Yurt Living - Creative Doorway Designs

Posted on FeelGoodStyle:

Since yurts can be permitted and are so economical, commercial use is expanding. And as yurt manufacturers aim to please, I continuously learn interesting canopy designs for
entryway protection.

July 26, 2009

Yurt Living - Design Rules Pricing

Posted on Feel Good Style:

The more yurt-minded the work team is, the closer to nature the dwelling will evolve into. Each owner decides how far from conventional they want to go. It's a personal matter and an empowering choice.

Yurt Living - Climate Comfort Part 2

Posted on FeelGoodStyle:

Yurts appear logical for my tropical
climate where elements of nature aren’t so severe. Well, surprise, but no worry. Just know that maintaining yurt warmth can be an easier task than keeping cool.

Yurt Living - Climate Comfort

Posted on FeelGoodStyle:

From freezing cold to tropical, study the details from manufacturers who offer insulation, gutters, roof choices, dome options, ceiling fan support, and window awnings. Other considerations are roof material choices, wall height, or an extra door.

June 18, 2009

Yurt Living - Getting Started

Posted on FeelGoodStyle:

Be prepared to be
connected with nature in such a unique way that it's difficult to describe. Keywords are simplicity and sustainability.