This entry was posted on March 6, 2018.
Then there are “those guys”, you know the type! The guys who know it all, you can’t tell them anything because they already know it all. I distinctly remember one of those guys who I’ll call Jake, who was certain that he could put his yurt up basically by himself.
After about the twelfth phone call over the weekend he was putting his Raven up, I thought to myself, “this is a disaster! He cannot do this!” To complicate matters, his very remote location did not have cell service, so he had to drive down the mountain to call me each time, and when I asked for photos of what he was currently working on, he couldn’t produce them. He had to go back take the photos, then drive back down to send them to me. This went on all weekend. On Monday morning, I asked our woodshop manager give Jake a call to see if maybe he could figure out what was going on, but he was confused as I was.
And then the “finished’ photos started coming in. He had not only completely messed up the wood-portion, but his fabric walls were also inside-out and backward! I concluded that he didn’t read ANY of the manuals. We sent the woodshop manager on an 8-hour trek up a mountain where he had to completely take down the yurt and start over. Jake paid twice as much as he would have if he had just hired the number one recommended Rainier Yurt installer who lived less than an hour away.
We have a list of very qualified contractors who specialize in yurt construction – specifically our product - and their expertise can save you time, energy, and money. It will probably be cheaper to fly one of these experienced guys to your location and have him work with you than to hire a local contractor who doesn’t know a thing about yurts.
A 30’ diameter yurt would take a group of non-experienced folks about 4-6 days – even with a construction minded leader. The same yurt with one of the experienced pros takes 2 – 3 days.
At the time this was written, the average cost per day for one of the experienced guys is around $500/day, plus expenses. That’s an average – you’ll definitely want to get a quote from them. They are not Rainier employees, they are a group of individuals who have proven over many years to be exceptional at raising a Rainier Yurt, usually using the owners as helpers. You pay the installer directly.
Use a pro, you’re good to go! You’ll save yourself stress and headaches knowing that it is built right the first time. Ask your Rainier representative for a list of names who can help in your neck of the woods. These guys will travel from Hawaii to Maine. In fact, our most recommended guy is going to Myanmar this year to install a couple dozen yurts for an eco-tourism resort. Not a bad gig, huh?
Enjoy the journey!