As you can imagine, there are several other costs involved with getting your yurt set up that have little to do with the initial cost of the yurt you purchase. Often, we are asked to estimate those costs and while there is no determined price list for the other costs, we can help you with some of the planning.
First, the land. Land values differ for a variety of reasons. Maybe there is a fabulous view or a tranquil setting. It could be hundreds of acres or a small plot. There are several things to keep in mind when selecting land for yurt dwelling: sunlight exposure and tree shade, winds and regional storms, snow load, accessibility, and resale value.
Then budget for the utilities; you may need to trench and bring in from the nearest street. Do you need a well? A septic system? How are you going to get power? How will you use solar power? These are all questions you should ask yourself in the beginning stages.
The platform for the yurt. Our yurts need to be built onto and connected to a round structure called a platform. Think of the platform as a cake plate and the yurt as the cake. You can then add decking around your cake plate as you wish. You have two choices when it comes to the platform. The first is to build the whole thing using locally sourced materials from a set of plans that we give you. The other option is to purchase a SIPS (Structurally Insulated Panel System) from us and only build a simple hexagon. In either case, we can give you the list of materials you will need to purchase to pull this off and you add that cost to the budget. (Check out this post in our true cost of building a yurt series, where several new yurt owners shared their costs.)
The next step is the yurt itself, the upgrades you choose, the crate fee, and the shipping. This will be a large chunk of the budget. If you are locked in to a certain budget, let your sales rep know right at the get-go. They can work with you to stay within that number.
The install comes next. Are you planning on hiring a professional yurt installer? We highly recommend doing so if it fits within your budget. (See our post Go Pro for reasons why.) In the end you will probably save money over hiring a local guy who has never put up a yurt. For example: you purchased a 30’ Eagle with a French door and two glass windows, eagle blocks, and an opening dome. You get a bid from ABC Construction for $7200 for the labor only to setup the platform and the yurt- no guarantees that it will be correct. For about half that – $3600 you can hire an experienced person who will be a team leader for your crew (family and friends) and turn it into a memorable and bonding experience. Even if you have to fly one of our recommended professionals to your site, you can put the airline cost on your credit card to get the points or use your airline points to buy the ticket.
The finished floor (the one you walk on) needs to go down next – BEFORE you set the yurt up! The lattice sits on the finished floor and you can’t lift it up or work around it to put the floor in. (I cannot stress enough how important this is, trust me on this one.) The floor will range in cost from $3.00/sq ft to $9.00/sq ft depending on what the material. I hear great things about Cortex flooring from our number one recommended installer: https://coretecfloors.com You will buy the flooring directly from the source – even if you pick it out through our showroom or website.
Room division is probably next on your list. Building walls or adding a loft, as suits your lifestyle. Often your yurt installer can assist with this, too.
The plumbing, electrical, sheet rock, outlets, and fixtures are an added expense you need to consider, as are the appliances, lighting, and window coverings. Some of these last things you can defer until you can afford them or recoup financially from these purchases and the yurt build.
Now you see why it is almost impossible for me to estimate how much the “Significant Other” stuff will cost – there are so many variables involved. For example, you can purchase a $20 toilet from Habitat for Humanity or you can purchase a $2,000 compostable toilet. If you do your homework you can come up with a list of other costs to create your budget. The hard part is sticking to that budget!