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The True Cost Of Building A Yurt: Introduction
Rainier yurt on the edge of a cliff in Panama.

Rainier yurt on the edge of a cliff in Panama.

Now that you’ve decided to go with the highest quality yurt on the market, you need to concentrate on where it’s going and how you’re going to get it there!


Rainier Yurts can go just about anywhere. They are versatile, blend in with nature, withstand Mother Nature, and create shelter in all kinds of climates.

If you can get the yurt kit components to the site – you can put a yurt there!

Some of our craziest yurt installs
Yurt owner Paul brought eggs and bacon to the truck driver who drove his yurt up the logging road!

Yurt owner Paul brought eggs and bacon to the truck driver who drove his yurt up the logging road!

Last year, we did an install high above Lake Pend Oreille near Sandpoint, Idaho. To get there, we waited for the log bridge to be repaired because it had washed away over the winter. Then, my customer let me know that our Rainier Install trucks wouldn’t make it up the mountain, so our team set out in one of their personal 4x4s! They followed a hand drawn map with scribbled notes for directions that at one point said to back-up the last 3/10 of a mile because they wouldn’t be able to turn around after the last switchback! Bob told me he was white knuckling it the whole drive up.

And just a few months ago, I sent Rainier Project Manager Michael to Panama to install five yurts. We didn’t know until he got there that he would be high in the mountains of a rain forest – on the edge of a cliff! He said there were 80 mph winds blowing the entire time he was there. (Just so you know, putting the roof and walls on a yurt is a nightmare in strong winds!)

Another one of my favorite stories comes from my customer, Paul, who told the truck driver transporting his Rainier Eagle Yurt and SIPS deck from Seattle to Montana to pull off at the marker for Trapper Peak and wait for daylight! The next morning, Paul drove out to the main road at daylight with bacon, eggs and coffee! Probably to sweeten the driver up, because the drive up the logging road was no picnic, and the road didn’t have a turn-around!

We just recently partnered with a group of architects and builders who erected a yurt on the top of the Park City Ski Resort in Utah. Rainier Yurts are famous for their ability to shed snow, withstand the wind, and provide safe shelter on a mountain side. But in this case I’m not talking about the mountain side, I’m talking about the mountain TOP!


So, that’s why I joke that if you can get a yurt there, you can raise your yurt there 🙂


The Yurt Platform
Customer Paul's yurt platform

Customer Paul's yurt platform

The first step is to build the platform. Platform plans are available to download on our website. It is important to note that we call our yurt diameters whole numbers but we round the actual diameter, so, for example, the 24 foot Rainier Yurt is actually 24’-4 7/8” in diameter and the 30’ is actually 30’ – 6”. Pay close attention to the plans!

Rainier Yurts offers Engineered Platform Plans that we will send once you make your deposit. I highly recommend that you work from these plans and, depending on your slope and soil conditions, make adjustments as needed.

Please be sure to build your platform with the integrity and structural design we have in our plans, so that your yurt will be as stable as possible. Some people choose to use sonotubes, while others go with pier blocks for supports. Depending on your location, you may want pressure treated lumber or composite deck materials like Timbertech or Trex.

The key is that your platform must be built to the exact diameter of the yurt so that you can raise your yurt on the platform. You can add any secondary decking after the yurt is up.

This is for a couple of reasons: first, you need the platform to be round so that you can attach the lattice with metal straps below the floor line. Our Eagle yurt also uses a stainless steel pursing cable under the platform to cinch the side walls and prevent wind, bugs, and critters getting in. The Raven yurt sidewall attaches directly to the platform as well.

The yurt lattice, as it attaches to the platform

The yurt lattice, as it attaches to the platform

Pursing cable under platform

Pursing cable under platform

While you build your platform, our Manu-Craftering team is busy preparing your handcrafted Rainier Yurt Kit. We fabricate your yurt to your desired specs, which can include upgrades such at French doors, wood clad thermal glass windows, picture windows, secondary doors – all in exactly the location you chose.

Your Custom Yurt Floorplan

We design custom floorplans so you can visualize any second doors or extra windows.

We recently sold a 33’ Eagle with 5 sets of 60” French Doors and 7 pairs of 84” x 50” picture windows! The customer built a wraparound deck, mirroring on the outside the rooms and features on the inside. He has an indoor kitchen and an outdoor kitchen, an indoor dining area and an outdoor dining area, an indoor living area and an outdoor living area … Literally balancing ying and yang in the design!

Introducing our “Cost of Building A Yurt” series

To better help our customers estimate the true cost of making a yurt into a functioning home, we will follow three customers who are installing their Eagle Yurts this summer.

They’ve agreed to share with us the costs for the platform, the deck, the interior walls, and loft. We hope to capture the true cost of building a yurt, including the electrical, plumbing, fixtures, appliances and cabinetry so that we can give you a realistic estimate of what it could cost by the time you are ready to move in.

Each of the three passionate yurt owners is as unique as their yurt floor plan, and they all have common goal: to build a personal oasis within a budget, that fits their individual needs, and meets the challenges of the local climate.

GREAT RM WO ARTwebThe 33’ Vallejo yurt is in production and being artfully handcrafted. It will ship next month.

The 30’ Eagle known as the Morgan is being installed in rugged mountains and is at the Platform Stage – going robust with a sonotube foundation, SIPS panel deck and the ultimate Rainier Yurt Snow Kit.

The Durga (a smart 27’ design) is almost completely installed. They are excited to get going on the interior, but they will need to pace themselves and buy the components as they go and as their budget allows.

I will report back throughout the summer on my wonderful new friends so you can watch their progress.

As always, Happy Yurt Dreams!


Enjoy the journey!

Dana Of Rainier, the Yurt Girl

Namaste~Dana, The Yurt Girl

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12 thoughts on “The True Cost Of Building A Yurt: Introduction”

  • Sonny

    We lost our home in the camp fires in Paradise Ca last month. I am looking into the idea of putting a yurt on our property during the reconstruction of our home and would love to get some more information on yurts... I can be reached at+15305208959

  • Bruce

    I am exploring the possibility of buying one of your 16 foot diameter yurts used from a group in Brooklyn NYC. In this context, are you able to tell me what it would require to add a woodstove chimney penetration to one of your yurts?

  • Max Broaten

    Would like some pictures as well as pricing for eagle yurts supported by decking and pillars

    • rainier

      Dear Max,
      Thank you for your interest in Rainier Outdoor. The number one question folks have these days is about permits. Here is a link to one of my blog posts that will give insight on the issue:
      Energy Code

      Please email me so I can customize some photos and pricing for you.
      Happy New Year!

  • Troy Onan

    We have a hunt club in South Georgia that needs to purchase 3 or 4 of these units for our members. I believe this would be perfect for our club.

    • rainier

      Hi Troy,
      We couldn't agree more! Our Yurts are extremely efficient in keeping you warm in the winter and cool in the summer months. Have you checked out the Eagle Yurt Configurator? This is our flagship model and there's nothing else out there quite like it. Try out the configurator to get an idea of build and price on the size and style you have in mind. In addition to the Eagle We will be introducing the Raven Yurt Configurator in January which carries with it many of the same premium features of the Eagle but at a lower price tag to you.

  • Desiree

    My husband and I are doing some preplaning for retirement. We are seriously looking at moving to a tropical island but I would prefer to not purchase a home. My dream is to pick up a nice piece of property with wonderful views and have a yurt built. Do you have any stipulations as far as areas that you do not ship to or do not build?
    Currently we live not far from Sandpoint Idaho, and I see that you have built a yurt in Sandpoint. Is there any possibility to getting the owners contact info or address? We would love to be able to drive by and take a look at the construction of it. And then I guess the hardest part is going to be deciding what floor plan will best suit us.

    • rainier

      Hi Desire,
      Thank you for sharing your dream retirement plan with us! It certainly sounds amazing and we are all about helping you achieve that picture perfect setting! Technically we can (and will) ship our Yurts anywhere in the world, in fact we have. From Maine to Myanmar you will find our Yurts all over the globe.

      So we can get a better idea of what you are after a Rainier Outdoor representative will reach out to you shortly via email.


  • Tracey Diani

    I was seriously considering having a yurt on my land this year

    • rainier

      Hi Tracey,
      Are you still considering? Do you have any questions you'd like to ask us?
      We would love to chime in and help you out any way possible!

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