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    Yurt-style wooden housing, and suitability for Thailand

    A few years ago I considered buying a yurt-style house on a rural property in NZ, inspired by ones built as rentals at Turoa Skifield in the central north island.

    The centrepiece of the structure is its enormous central living area. The ceiling and roofline sit nearly four metres above the floor, with no support beams to encumber the space. The effect of the dome ceiling is truly dramatic, and the skylight allows plenty of light to pour into the spectacular space.

    Three bedrooms and two bathrooms, which can easily sleep eight guests. The common living room area is home to the kitchen, laundry, drying room and fireplace.

    Each chalet has a heat pump for the winter months. The quality construction and insulated walls retain the heat naturally and keep things cozy. In summer months, the space is light and breezy, and the north-facing aspect enables every chalet to capture maximum sunlight all year around.




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    more yurts

    the traditional Mongolian yurt has been in use for . . . a long time

    Found another place in NZ selling kitset yurts varying in floor area from 115 - 706 sq ft, 10.7 to 65.6 sq m, guess the smallest one could be used as a study, kids room, dog house?

    These ones are not clad in wood, but
    Heavy Duty Side Cover in vinyl/polyester quality, rot free, mildew resistant and low fire risk.
    The largest one costs 52k NZ 1.2m Th b which I know has no releavnce at all, but in case someone asks.

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    What I'm interested in, is what drawbacks do people see to this style/design for the Thai climate.

    Anyone seen any yurts here?

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    Quote Originally Posted by genghis61
    Anyone seen any yurts here?
    Haven't seen any but building one in Thailand certainly feasible. Problem would be finding builder. Anything round, octagonal or the like is not easy to build. Even quality Thai builders only have experience building house which have 90 degree corners.

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    Quote Originally Posted by genghis61
    suitability for Thailand
    Quote Originally Posted by genghis61
    The quality construction
    Quality in Thailand?

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    those houses are not even Yurts, but the tourists like the sound of it

    A yurt (i or kiz i in Kazakh, ger in Mongolian) is a portable, felt-covered, wood lattice-framed dwelling structure traditionally used by Turkic and Mongolian nomads in the steppes of Central Asia. A yurt is more home-like than a tent in shape and build, with thicker walls.


    Turkmen woman at the entrance to a yurt

    they are merely modern buildings with some similarity in structure

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    ^ Andy beat me to it a little bit...

    Quote Originally Posted by genghis61
    the traditional Mongolian yurt
    yurt is Russian; ger is Mongolian...

    Genghis is Persian; Chinggis is Mongolian...

    Obviously, these structures are designed for/by nomadic herders who move on a constant basis (sometimes weekly), so to use them as a permanet home would only be suitable for tourist accomodation, imo. Build a Thai home in Mongolia and the inhabitants would die... Build a Mongolian nomadic herders home as a permanent structure/familly home in Thailnd (massively different living conditions and climate) would be insanity, imho. Probably a nice idea for tourists, but then again the Northern style Thai home seems to be popular with tourists to Thailand...

    To be specific: stilts (Thai homes have 'em for flooding purposes and airflow purposes); single story living space (only cause the Mongols have to pack 'em up very often); shape (Mongols must break up the forceful steppe winds); heat (Mongols need to keep it in/Thais wanna keep it out); materials (NZ wood and Mongolian cattle skins are not available/suitable here); the list goes on...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    Even quality Thai builders only have experience building house which have 90 degree corners.
    and in the 'less quality' category, I think anywhere between 85-95 degrees would be acceptable.


    You are right though, the ones in my first post will all have been pre-cut offsite to exact tolerances (or thereabouts) and trucked in for assembly.

    One thing I wondered about was the lack of eaves/roof overhang, something I like about traditional wooden Thai houses such as ours are the 1m eaves, a bit of shelter when it rains and help with cooling/shade.

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    Hard to tell from pic but could be as much as 50cm overhang. Widening to 1m should not impact the look very much.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy
    those houses are not even Yurts, but the tourists like the sound of it
    The documentary long time ago, about the horsemen of Mongolia, showed some of the life in these houses, and how portable they were, pack up and go, rebuild somewhere else.

    As for the wooden stylised ones - think they'd look ridiculous up on poles, or with a walled-in lower level, single level on an elevated section would I think be the right idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo
    Genghis is Persian; Chinggis is Mongolian...
    My father always said it was Welsh!

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    Genghis McCann was Scottish I read it in a book once..

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    I've been thinking about these gers, and reckon that building them here would be a mistake. However, they do have some interesting features, so incorporating certain prefered design elements into a Thai build could end up very nicely... good luck.

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    ^ no intention of building, we have a perfectly good (wooden) Thai home, built 1972 and will last a long time yet; am interested in different styles - there are many new houses being built locally and they all tend to look similar, plastered concrete block, single level, there are a number of threads featuring basic housing plans, not much creativity involved - few are 'different'.

    Here's one that is different, not far from home, stands out amongst the rest of new builds

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    not yurt-related, just general building this time
    sometimes my "I told you so' predictions are right. When this wall was built on a section three houses away from ours I said it would be no good as a retaining wall, the whole structure is above the original ground level, minimal footer and no post-holes; even as a section divider didn't look good to me.
    3mths later and they decide to build up the clay with the intention of building.
    You can see the results, don't know what they intend to do now, and should just knock it down and start again properly.

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    Yep, a case of not giving it a steel reinforced footing for strength and the posts should be burried fairly deep as well. Need to demolish and start over with a proper build.

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    meanwhile the yerts are multiplying, these have a meter overhang, the problem is that sunlight will be on 50% of the walls most of the day. so planting and good material selection would be important.





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    Quote Originally Posted by genghis61 View Post




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    How are you supposed to sit on that toilet, do Mongolians do it side saddle ?

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    How are you supposed to sit on that toilet, do Mongolians do it side saddle ?[/quote]


    hint yerts dont have toilets.

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    Did anyone ever end up building one in Thailand ?

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    Just found this - Steve?s Thailand Dome

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    The yurt or yurt-style wouldn't be terribly practical, as the crazed/fashion still controls such affordability or true value for long-term.

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    There is a garden style restaurant off Chealerm Prakiat, about soi 52 -ish which has a seperate domed toilet. So they can be built in Thailand.

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    Easy enough to build, anything is possible in Thailand.

    But the question, for me is ... who will buy it in the future?

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    Wasn't Simon43 going to build another hotel of Indian (circle the wagon ones, not dotheads) tepees?

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    What happened to Simon, one of his ex's off him?

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