Posted November 15th, 2011 by Malconium

The TenYurt eBook details a very simple DIY prefab structure that can serve a number of needs. It can be used for simple storage or basic shelter. Why the name TenYurt? Well it is called a TenYurt simply because it has ten sides and looks a bit like a yurt. The basic design can also be enhanced in a number of ways to make it as complete as your needs and budget allow. The eBook about the TenYurt contains 37 pages of detailed design and construction information. There is a list of tool suggestions and each part describes which tool is best for each operation. Included are complete dimensions for all the parts and a complete parts list for both the sub-component parts as well as for the whole project. There is also detailed information about alternative materials and suggestions  on ways that the TenYurt can be enhanced. The TenYurt has been carefully designed to maximize the use of materials in such a way that there is almost no wastage. It has also been designed to allow prefabrication at a location that is remote to where you would like to install it. All of the pieces will fit into a pickup truck for transportation and nothing is larger than 4′ x 8′. The component parts are light enough to be easily handled and installation should be a fairly simple and quick task for two people. Depending on material choices and level of enhancements it should be possible to build a TenYurt for as little as perhaps $300 or $400. Enhancements will of course cost more. The following snapshots show the full content of the book to give you an idea of the number of illustrations and the level of detail included. If you like what you see you can buy an electronic copy for $19.95 by clicking on the “Add to Cart” button at the bottom of this page.

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35 Responses to “TenYurt”

  1. Paul Guyon says:

    Tried to order, but apparently PayPal won’t process orders unless I give them my bank account number, which I’m not willing to do. It’s bad enough I have to give them my credit card info, not willing to give them unlimited access to my bank account (too many news reports of their systems being hacked). Any other way to pay for this?


    • Ria says:

      Been with paypal for years never a problem. Even it they get hacked you bank acct number is not listed. Can’t get your money.

  2. John Stegall says:

    I have no interest in Pay Pal but I have used them with no problems whatsoever. I was very reluctant but I needed something and it was the only choice I had. I understand your reluctance though.

  3. Malconium says:

    To buy the TenYurt book you can bypass the need for you to have a PayPal account and select payment by credit card instead. Even if you do have a PayPal account all you have to do is pretend you don’t have one and click on the button that says something like “Don’t have a PayPal account?”. This will take you to a screen where you can select your choice of credit card for payment. It works fine that way.

  4. Two quick questions (and apologies if I missed the obvious): Is this design intended to be set up and taken down easily, like a temporary storage/shelter solution? Are there any pictures of one of these that has been built in the real world?

  5. Malconium says:

    The design could be built for easy set up and take down if you want it that way. The key would be to select fasteners between the panels that can be quickly disconnected. I detail one such choice in the book that could be done using standard door hinges with removable pins. All you would have to do is to pop the pins out to disassemble your TenYurt. You might want to install foam weather striping tape between the panels instead of caulking the joints too. Both would be easy options.
    I have not yet built a sample of the TenYurt but do intend to do so some time soon. Instead I have been experimenting with another structure lately that I may very well right about next.

    • Daisy says:

      Ummm…you published the book how to build this structure but you haven’t physically built one? Or am I mis-reading your comment? I would not purchase a book of this sort unless it had been proven to work. Looks like a fellow with dimension issues with the roof from 2012 has not been replied to. Does this instruction book actually work?

  6. eric says:

    Uhhhh. What’s the price ?????

    • Malconium says:

      The price is $19.95. It was only noted on the “Buy” page before though. I just added the amount to the note about the book. Thanks for the quesiton…

  7. eric says:

    I built a geodesic dome many years ago, so I know firsthand that the big issue with this type of design is roof leaks. Your write-up needs to address this a bit before expecting sales to really rock n roll.


    • Malconium says:

      Actually I do mention various options about how to seal the roof in the text of the book. What approach did you find worked the best for your dome?

  8. David says:

    Paypal is becoming a major problem for people. 1. They locked our account and refuse to unlock it until we provide a large number of documents, which we refuse to do.
    2. A woman here in Australia sold an antique violin which the buyer felt was a counterfeit. Even dealers have sworn that the violin was genuine but the buyer wanted his money back. Paypal told him that he could only have his money back if he destroyed the vioin and provided photographic evidence. So the buyer smashed the violin to pieces, got his money back and left the seller with a heap of timber rubble. She swears the violin was genuine.

  9. Malconium says:

    As far as I know anyone should be able to buy the TenYurt book by selecting the button on the PayPal form that offers the option of paying by credit card as though one did not have a PayPal account instead of first logging into their PayPal account. I have used that approach myself for a number of purchases when I wish to use my American Express card instead of making a payment from PayPal funds.

  10. Malconium says:

    Please lets get off of the topic of PayPal issues. I am getting way too many comments on that topic. I welcome comments and questions about my TenYurt book but I think we have beaten to death the PayPal issues.

  11. joe says:

    This has a more-than-passing resemblance to the long established and opensource project called the hexayurt.

    • Malconium says:

      Sure there is a similarity to a hexayurt in that the TenYurt is a multi-faceted structure with flat sides and with flat triangle shaped roof panels. I would politely suggest however that 10 sides is a lot different than 6 sides. I would also like to point out that my TenYurt book contains a great deal of carefully dimensioned information on exactly how to build one. I like the hexayurt project but would like to also point out that the standard type of construction for a hexayurt is to use rigid insulation panels and to tape them together using tape with bi-directional fibers. That is not at all how a TenYurt is constructed. The standard hexayurt is only 4 feet tall at the sides while the TenYurt is 8 feet tall at the sides. The standard hexayurt is about 16 feet in diameter while the TenYurt is a little over 12 feet in diameter.

      • Bill Basford says:

        The hexayurt can easily be built in many sizes, and of many materials. I plan to build a semi-permanent version next spring for use as a meditation hut out in the woods. I assume that a tenyurt can also be built in many sizes, by anyone who can do basic math. A simple spreadsheet should make the job easy. Just be sure to work out what sizes can be built with standard sizes of plywood or other materials, without too much waste.

  12. Chris says:

    Is this a kit you can buy? If so, is it insulated at all? What is is made of? Thanks!

    • Malconium says:

      My TenYurt booklet contains a design and detailed instructions on how to build the 10 sided structure you see in the drawing on the cover. In it I discuss all sorts of options both for types of materials you can use as well as options such as insulation. The building can be very simple or more sophisticated depending on your budget and intended use. There are a lot of DIY construction tips including information about tools to use and how to use them. The building can be prefabricated in individual panels in one place and then taken to another place to be assembled if that were to suit your need. If you have modest construction skills or a friend that does it would not be hard to follow the instructions to build your own. Depending on your location and specific needs it might be possible to furnish you with a kit or even with finished panels but shipping costs could be prohibitive if you are very far away from Portland, Oregon. Send email to my posted email address if you would like to talk about possibilities in more detail.

  13. james says:

    Hi Malcolm I have a set of your ten yurt plan and I)am having trouble with the roof rafters end cut that is 19.1 degree’s it seams to me its saposta be a compound miter cut to fit up against the top plate on the in side. I don’t see it on the plans and at the top (peek)I have a gap about 3/8 to 1/2 inch in the joint using the 11″ 13/32 or 11 7/16 witch I used I am using 3/4″ ply wood for the roof skin and 5/8″ plywood for the outer wall skin as I intend to use the ten yurt as my home bye building two and have a8′ by 4′ hallway in between the two yurts. I have a table saw 12″ and power miter saw also 12″ and I intend to put 1-1/2″ of foam foil board in the walls, with 1/4″ plywood for the inside walls what type of glue can I use for the SIP .Sum what stuck in the U.P. of michigan

  14. Joy says:

    How many square feet is the TenYert?

  15. Malconium says:

    The TenYurt encloses about 118 square feet of floor space. It is about 12′ from side to side.

  16. Malconium says:

    There is more than one way to respond to questions about the TenYurt book. I communicated with James by direct email. Together we discovered that I had left out one specific dimension on the roof rafters which I corrected and sent him an update. By the way he is planning to live in two of the TenYurt structures connected by a hallway. If you buy the plans and have any problems with them I would happily respond to you by direct email as well. I stand behind the accuracy and build ability of my designs. You might want to consider the fact that you can buy lots of different sets of plans for entire houses that have never been built. Whether or not that works depends in large part on the qualifications of the designer of the plans. I have the necessary qualifications to design complete houses and have in fact done so many times. I also have worked as a designer for a company that built prefabricated wood frame structures as large as 10,000 square feet in size. It was my job to translate designs in various forms into instructions for the factory to prefabricate entire houses. A large number of these houses were loaded into shipping containers and sent to places like Japan where they were assembled. I lost count at 100 such designs and do not know for sure how many more than that I did. I have 3D CAD software that lets me model structures to a very high degree of accuracy. I have used that software in the process of documenting my TenYurt plans. You of course are free to make your own determination as to whether or not to buy my plans but I think you will find that they will work just fine.

  17. Adam says:

    To all you people making ridiculous comments about paypal, similarities, design and constructability… If you don’t want the damn book don’t buy it… If you do, buy it. Then comment, after you build it, and be of assistance to others.

    The writer of the book does not need to hear your bitching and moaning. He wants to share concepts and hopefully make a buck doing a great job of it! Jeez people, GET OFF THE MAN’S BACK! I hope the book is a great success and inspires you all to build to your needs and inspire other people to do the same.



  18. Richard Kamp says:

    Writing this as one who built a 12 sided plywood yurt–and lost all design sketches 30 years ago tho the yurt survives without me. Malconium, I am interested in your design–which is lighter weight than the one we built. ??Have you modified your design to address the questions of the upper peninsula guy–and did his come together well enough to survive the elements? (it is relevant that SOMEBODY built it and I am interested in purchasing it since it answers questions about angles both vertical and roofing and the size fits most zoning “non-permittable under 10-12 feet).
    Roofing: In the high desert we simply had to replace 90 pound roof paper every 10 years.
    thanks Richard

  19. Malconium says:

    If you are referring to the question about the angle of the roof rafters I did indeed modify the drawing to include the one missing angle dimension. As to his level of success with the design I have not yet heard anything back from him. My intent was to provide flexibility in the choice of materials and finish so that the TenYurt design would be as broadly useful as possible. As to surviving the elements is concerned it would be entirely up to you and your choice of exterior materials that are suitable for your weather conditions. In the eBook I suggest a number of different approaches to weather proofing that you could adopt. 90 pound roof paper could most certainly be used as roofing material if you like. Most any material or coating that keeps out the elements can be employed. I encourage you to give the design a try…
    Thanks for asking about the book,

    • Richard Kamp says:

      Thanks Malcolm. It’s logical–main difference with our building(s actually is the lack of a steel collar in the middle of the roof which allowed wood stove pipe and increased stability. I’ll order it and good odds will try it. Nobody’s written feedback to you on actual building? take care.

      • Malconium says:

        This size building might be a bit too small to want to put a stove in the middle. I think you could easily enough install a stove over against one side and either run the stove out the wall or through the roof above that spot. I would picture using whatever type of chimney ring the stove comes with for through the wall/roof.
        I have not had any feedback yet from anyone that has built a TenYurt. I am very interested in such but nothing yet. Maybe you can be the first?

  20. Gary Green says:

    Hi. Just recently sold a TenYurt plan.
    There is a record of the sale on my e-junkie account.

    How do you pay?

    2015-04-29 20:48:39 27051836 Completed TenYurt – A Simple DIY Prefab Shelter 1017891 1017891 1 19.95 (My Commission USD 7.98).

    I need to know what is going on because i would like to promote your product more which requires time & effort on my part.

    I have not received payment in my paypal account.

    Please write back. Thanks, gary green

  21. Malconium says:

    Hi Gary,

    I sent you separate email about this. For others that may be interested in the answer I am set up to send out affiliate payments on the 15th of the month for sales that occurred the previous month.



  22. Thomas says:

    Have you built a sample of this yet?

  23. Malconium says:

    Hi Thomas,
    I have not built a sample as of yet but hope to be able to get around to doing so one of these days. The design was however done using a 3D drawing program that allows me to do a very accurate check of all of the dimensions and angles to make sure that everything would fit together correctly once built. Also I am not just an arm chair designer. There are many things that I have designed and built over the years so what I design and how it is designed is always influenced by what I have built in the past. Over this last year I have been doing all of the design work for a tiny house company based in Salem, Oregon. I have been applying my knowledge of design for prefabrication to that process and in fact have personally prefabricated the shells of something like 5 tiny houses. As it happens I am also in the process of designing a complete house that I will be building for my wife and I in the near future. I believe that the design of the TenYurt will in fact work as advertised depending on the choices that you the builder make relative to materials and the care that you exercise in the construction process. The eBook offers a lot of suggestions as to alternative approaches and alternative materials that you might select depending on what you want to do with the TenYurt. I would be happy to discuss the options with you to help you determine suitability for meeting your needs. I would also welcome feedback from anyone that has built the TenYurt for themselves so that we could include some actual photos here in my blog.

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