Mollie Busby sits at her dining room table in the yurt she and her husband, Sean Busby, constructed.
Orders for the company, owned by Hays Daniel and Vince Godby, have skyrocketed from the single digits to about 40 annually, coming from Montana, nationwide and across the world. Big yurt manufacturers elsewhere in the country fulfill hundreds of orders each year. He attributes some of the surge in popularity to the housing crash. With a yurt, you can own a home outright for the price of a new car. Sean Busby descends the stairs leading up to the front door of his yurt.
McDonald says she wanted to downsize from her 3,square-foot home in Massachusetts after her kids left.
She was there for a year, including one comfortable winter, before she found land in the Mission Valley. The property already had housing, so she reluctantly sold her yurt, though she was happy to see it go to an enthusiastic young couple like the Busbys. McDonald is planning to buy another yurt at some point for her new property.
You can actually go out and enjoy your life. They own two 5-acre plots, separated by a short car ride on a dirt road, which they bought cheap as a foreclosure property. Upon purchasing the land, they moved into a house located on the lower plot, but they harbored a desire to build and move into a smaller home on the upper 5 acres while renting out the bigger house.
The yurt was the perfect fit. In June, they gathered friends and family to hold a yurt-raising party, guided only by a two-hour instructional video produced by Shelter Designs. The party put it up in a day and a half. Then the party ended. The yurt stood hollow, without anything inside the outer structure, which consisted of lattice wall frames threaded with a cable, side panels, insulation, windows, doors, wooden ceiling beams, and the extremely heavy canvas covering the framing. So, for the next several months, they learned on the fly, transforming the open space into a bedroom, living room, bathroom and kitchen.
One of the most essential tasks for year-round living in Montana was installing an efficient wood-burning stove for central heating. CNN: How do the city and countryside compare?
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While the city can be a hostile place for foreign photographers, the countryside and its beautiful people are some of the warmest most friendly people I have ever met. I put this to the nomadic people, who have a strong identity here, a sense of purpose, and clearly defined gender roles. Mongolia: Boom to economic nightmare. I believe that many in the city have lost this in some ways. This stress creates this distrust, anger and social issues in my opinion. CNN: Have you faced any specific challenges trying to get the perfect shot?
Paul Cox: One summer I was driving for six days to the border of Siberia to photograph the reindeer people who use reindeer instead of yaks or cows. The land was vast and boundless, most of the bumpy roads don't show on Google maps, our car broke down so often that we needed to bring an extra vehicle on the ride.
And at one point -- in June -- it suddenly started to snow. Everything is unpredictable. Watch: Why ancient Mongolian tribe sees reindeer as family. CNN: What photograph stands out to you most in this exhibit?
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Paul Cox: The defining photo is "Red Hero 3. The child in this photograph, we saw him by chance because we crossed paths when he was playing, and he was looking at me. He was an adorable child who was completely unafraid of strangers. Nature Abhors a Straight Line The foot-diameter prefab yurt they had erected provides a modest square feet of living space, which the couple shares with their two dogs, Lucy and Luna, and a one-eyed cat named Kiki. Add-on Value In addition to the main living space, the cedar-clad yurt smilingwoodsyurts. A Natural Touch For the kitchen backsplash , Brown chose handmade tile from Fireclay Tile, not just for its percent recycled content, but also for its likeness to the landscape: The motif reminds her of snowflake geometry.
In from the Wild Situated opposite the kitchen, the bedroom wall is clad in reclaimed wood from Wyoming fences intermountainwood.
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