Need extra space? Get a yurt

What's a yurt anyway? We've found creative uses for this centuries-old mobile home.

Considering a bunky for the cottage, a gazebo by the pool, a play room, or an event space to gain a little extra room? I suspect a yurt may not be the first thing that comes to mind.

What is a yurt anyway?

GroovyYurts, a Montreal-based company that makes and rents authentic Mongolian yurts brings this centuries-old mobile home to market. The company describes a  yurt, or ger in Mongolia, as “…the traditional dwelling of Central Asian nomads. Made to resist extreme climates, the circular-domed abode is warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Easily dismantled, the yurt is portable and self-supporting. The ingenious structure requires neither nail nor ground fastening. Its “walls” consist of crossed wooden strips in a lattice arrangement fixed together in a circle by braided horse hair.”  

(If you want to check out GroovyYurts, they will be featured at the 2013 International Home Show at the International Centre in Mississauga this November 7-10.)

Aside from yurts’ obvious practicality, they are stunning architectural and design structures and  have many modern-day uses. There’s pool yurt, special event yurt, play house yurt and even a glamping yurt.

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Find more on GroovyYurts and other cool things at the International Home Show which includes The Better Living Boomer Show and the Interior Decorating Show. The show features more than 400 exhibitors, celebrity seminars at the International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga. Show hours are Thursday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free for children 8 and under, $12 for youth (9-18), seniors $9 (online) or $12 (door), $15 per adult.

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  • I love that you wrote a post about yurts! Ry and I have talked about buying a piece of property someday and constructing a yurt on it until we’re ready to build. Gorgeous pictures – especially love the “ceiling” in the first pic.

    • Let this be your inspiration.

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