Yurt in Montana Update – Demolition Complete!

During the past few weeks, Sean and I (along with a number of extremely generous friends and neighbors) finished the disassembly of our yurt from it’s former home, just 15 miles to the south of where we live. It currently resides in six parts: the first in our basement, the second in our home office, the third in our living room, the fourth in our storage shed, the fifth in the other storage shed, and the sixth in a storage container on our property. It’s hard to believe we finally own it, and it’s also hard to believe that someday it will sit on our land looking out across Whitefish and the Flathead Valley into Glacier National Park. And to answer the question I get from just about everyone: Yes, we intend to LIVE in the yurt. Full time. Seriously.

Find more about Montana life and our yurt journey by following our Instagram feeds: Mollie & Sean

Sean, working on the demo of the bathroom closet:

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When you purchase a second-hand yurt and are responsible for disassembling it, you have to label everything — literally EVERYTHING — so that when it comes time to put things back together, you can connect A to B and VOILA! Yurt happens.

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The view outside from the bathroom window:IMG_1949

The yurt interior after our first major demo day. Living room/bedroom walls and closets are completely gone. Drywall is still on the outer walls. Things are looking more empty.
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After everything was out of the interior, it was time to demo the exterior. Off come the layers:IMG_1861

Dave and Johnny, manning the scaffolding:IMG_1865

The Busbys, hopping on ladders to grab the canvas:IMG_1867

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Dave, manning the top of the scaffolding solo as we removed the roof rafters, one by one:IMG_1887

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Johnny, Beth (who we purchased the yurt from), Sean, Dave and Shelby. I would have been in the photo to make Sean look less awkward, but someone had to click the button:IMG_1930

Folding up the roof insulation:

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Rolling up the canvas “roof.” This thing weighs a TON:IMG_1954

We’ve probably taken 25+ trips from the yurt home with STUFF. After demo-ing the exterior, we had two large trailers full of goodies:

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After taking down the yurt piece, we had to take down the deck, which is made up of insulated panels:IMG_1956

 

After the panels were off, then we had to disassemble the foundation. Here’s Sean and our friend, Andrew drilling and crow-barring:IMG_1998

 

All that was left were the concrete footings:

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So long yurt. Till we meet again:IMG_9985

Poof! Gone:photo-(7)

And of course, apres yurt activities were in full swing. Like axe throwing. How Montana of us: 1926099_10152277946155804_9258107_o

Special thanks to Beth and Johnny, Dave and Shelby, Andrew, Emily, and Hank for all your help during this process. Hopefully you’re all not sick of hot dogs and beer — we’ve still got a long way to go!

Find more about Montana life and our yurt journey by following our Instagram feeds here: Mollie & Sean

 

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Wow. it looks like a generous living space. How does the insulation work?

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Hey guys, I’m putting in a 24’yurt in CO in the next few weeks, and my biggest question at this point is still the footings for the yurt. I noticed your prefab concrete footings in the old site and was wondering if they were set into concrete or sitting on just earth? Thanks so much!

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Hi Julie! The footings are still sitting on the earth 🙂 – Mollie

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