My daughter rented a yurt at a nearby state park and invited my wife and I to check it out. My wife was really impressed by it. I liked it too. A well designed and equipped yurt can make a pretty good home.
The one we checked out was only about 16 feet in diameter. We thought one just a bit bigger, say 20 feet, could make a good seasonal home. With a small woodstove, a bit of solar electric and a composting toilet, it would be very comfortable.
My wife wants to live in one -seriously. Not right now she said, but maybe in about 5 years. We could sell our current house to the kids for a low low price and put in a yurt across the street on the parcel of land we own there. During the mild weather, we’d live up here in New Hampshire in the yurt. During the cold of winter, we’d move onto a sailboat in southern waters. I think it’s a fine idea.
Both a yurt and a sailboat require efficient use of space. We’d have par down to the essentials, but that’s not a problem. Thoreau was always one of my heroes. He lived quite well on Walden Pond in a one room cabin. Simplify, simplify, simplify was his motto. I think he was on to something there.
These wild ideas of ours often get acted upon. We are currently living in a solar electric dome out in the woods. It’s not like we haven’t done things out of the ordinary before. We still love our house. It was a great place to raise the family. However, with just the wife and I, it’s way more house than we need. Simplify, simplify, simplify.
Of course, anything can happen in five years, but without a plan, nothing happens.