Turtleback Nomadic Yurts

Kim discovered this company recently and sent me the link. I made contact with the owners of this new yurt company based in Colorado. This yurt is unique in the fact that it is not canvas but it is easy to take apart and move to another location if necessary.

Isaac Murphy the owner of Turtleback Nomadic Yurts says this one is 16 foot in diamater  or 200 square feet. It can be put up or taken down in two hours. 6 ft. 8 in. interior eve height and 10 ft. interior center height at hub. The basic package includes 7 windows and is made from pine and aspen wood. Insulation R-value approx. 5. No flapping canvas, solid and stable. $8000 basic package.

We are located near Dolores, Colorado, about 30 miles northeast of the four corners. Aside from what you can see on the blog, we are also working on a fully insulated model, slightly heavier and beefed up for winter living. It will be slightly larger, 18ft. diameter, and use 2×6 rafters as opposed to 2×4 on the one see on the website. We do all the manufacturing ourselves in our little shop here on the property, from lumber we purchase from the lumber yard. Eventually, we’d like to buy wood from one of the local mills and cure it ourselves, providing a good local source.

Because everything is custom built, the possibilities are endless terms of what one could put in each of the wall and roof panels. We’ve thought quite a bit about skylights, or carvings in the wall panels. There are two of us young guys doing most of the manufacturing, and our master designer, Bodhi, who initiated the idea and provides the expertise.

We think the yurts provide a very adaptable and functional space for those looking to simplify, or just to keep their options open in terms of changing locations without taking a loss in the arena of housing. Building permits and codes in this area do not apply to temporary structures, particularly those of such small square footage, which adds another advantage. The round structure also brings a nice feel, and contributes to the sense of down to earth living. Overall, the yurts are a great option for the times, when some flexibility might come in handy.

Visit the Turtleback Nomadic Yurt website to learn more. Or contact them at 970 564 1737, turtlebacknomadics@gmail.com

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liz - January 25, 2011 Reply

very astheticaly pleasing, cottage look. They say it takes an 8×10 trailer to move it with out the floor deck, so how do you move the floor?
Is that a chiminy pipe sticking out of the center top, or just part of the tiltable center opening?
it would be very interesting to see some pictures of it being constructed.
I have a “canvas” yurt, although the material is more like a pool liner, It is insulated and does not flap, unless we are having 60 mile per hour gusts. A thirty foot yurt only cost about ten thousand, and we have built a free standing loft bedroom, with two small bedrooms under it,that takes up just half the space leaving the living aria open to the 18 foot(center) ceiling and sky light. very livable for a family of four + sleep over guests. It sleeps 6 in beds, two bunk beds, and a queen in the loft.

liz - January 25, 2011 Reply

I forgot to mention that a larger yurt is harder to heat, the high roof peak, means that most of the heat is up over your head. The sky lights and high ceilings make them brighter and less claustrophobic, but are less practical in really cold places, We do not use it much in the winter. If I had it to do over, I might opt for a smaller space with a lower ceiling, and I would build it under some leafy trees, They get hot in the summer too!

Lauren - January 25, 2011 Reply

I love the log border around the edge of the house. The design is nice and it seems to be a fairly efficient use of space (for a small home).

Moontreeranch - January 25, 2011 Reply

I love the pine and aspen together, it reminds me of the blue stain pine we are suing in our cabin.


At 200 sq feet it is about the same size as our place but with out the sleeping loft.

    Kent Griswold - January 25, 2011 Reply

    Your cabin is coming along really great, I should do an update on it sometime in the future. Let me know a good time to do that. -Kent

Kevin microhomesteadblog - January 25, 2011 Reply

I like the concept portable pannelized quick to assemble.Nice looking I wonder how tuff it is?

Erin (BonaFideChic@Etsy.com) - January 25, 2011 Reply

These look like they would be so relaxing! I love the fact that they are affordable, easy and functional…and support local businesses!

Claudia - January 25, 2011 Reply

The R value is really low, so it’d be worthwhile getting the winterized version of this unless you’re only planning to use it in the summer.

I think it looks great! Plus it’d be very practical for anyone living along the fault line. Or in a flood zone, for that matter; you could just pack it up and run, if Mother Nature’s on the warpath.

alice - January 25, 2011 Reply

Sure reminds me of camp when I was a kid, something about that wood and those windows. Looks a lot cleaner than any of our cabins back then though! Wonder if it’s possible to make a small square or rectangular version, or does it only work in the round? I’m still looking for the ‘perfect’ winter porch.

MJ - January 26, 2011 Reply

I like everything about these, the look, the portability, except for one thing – I’d want more overhang from the roof for protection against rain. Or some sort of porch roof option, not sure how that would work, overhang would be easier. Without that, I can see a lot of open/shut with the windows (around here we get lots of quick, hard showers, so that’s something we think about!).

Good job with a classic design!

Gabrielle Songe - January 27, 2011 Reply

A most attractive yurt inside and out that could be heated with a sawdust stove!

liz - January 27, 2011 Reply

Over hangs would be great! they would shade the walls too, keeping the place a bit cooler. Gutters for rain catchment would be good too.

Cheryl - January 28, 2011 Reply

I have considered a yurt also and like this very much too but in a heavy duty version for winter and dealing with bears. The round shape is great for areas with wind I would think as one of my needs.
Good point on no permit needed as my county doesn’t require it either.
What is the life of a yurt am wondering or do they ever need replacing?

bill - January 31, 2011 Reply

I’m not sure what this structure’s purpose is unless it’s just a playhouse for summer living on a lake or something. That massive amount of glass would allow most of your energy to escape.

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sesameB - January 30, 2012 Reply

Great to see this. In 1999, I had an opportunity to spend a week in a Yurt in Oregon during the summer months. I loved it. I took my portable massage table. I have a wonderful times. I love yurts.
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James Pugh - September 8, 2012 Reply

I am interested in buying a 16 foot diameter yurt with circumferential opening doors at every position, French style, for use as a Quaker Meetinghouse. James Pugh, 917-826-8233
P.S. Each door to have windows and to open for access.

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