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A yurt is a free-standing portable dwelling with a distinctive circular footprint and cone-shaped roof ('crown'). Walls are generally lattice frame covered in felt, fabric, or fur. The structure can be broken down for transport.

While they can be used as permanent dwellings in many climates, doing so presents unique home improvement challenges. For example, walls are non-rigid and cannot support in-wall amenities such as electricity, plumbing, or heating.

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