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The True Cost of Building a Yurt: The Yurt Package

The True Cost of Building a Yurt: The Yurt Package

This is part two in our series, “The True Cost of Building a Yurt.”

The goal of this series is to help our customers calculate the cost of building a yurt from beginning to end. Three recent yurt buyers kindly agreed to share their costs with us here on the Rainier Yurt Blog!

Three Yurt Owners, Making a Yurt a Home

The three yurts have all been raised and are being lived in – the yurt-dwellers are still finishing up their interiors. We get to know our customers by the time they get to this stage – whether we met when they came to tour our Yurt Village or got to know them through the many phone calls while they were in the design and decision stage. They’ve asked to remain anonymous, so we’ll be referring to them by the names of the floorplans.

The Vallejo

vallejo-yurt-platform
A 33’ yurt near the Oregon coast. This outgoing guy is making sure that he doesn't miss a beat in terms of building his yurt. This full-time residence will be complete with washer and dryer, a full kitchen, and walk in closet. The spacious Great Room design we came up with lends itself to adding a spiral staircase for a loft addition. I know the ladies will come flocking when he gets finished!

At one point I was talking to and getting text messages from “Mr. Vallejo” more often on my cell phone than my own man! He had LOTS of questions and really wanted to get it right the first time. And he did!

I know it will be beautiful when he gets done.

The Morgan

morgan-family-yurt

A 30’ yurt in Utah. This yurt is for a beautiful young family of 6 to vacation in through all four seasons. Remote and rustic, the area lends itself to year-round activity. The family will have yurt tales to share for years -- probably even for generations!

morgan-yurt-familyThe dad, a salesman by trade was shopping around when he first called Rainier Yurts. I invited him and his wife to come to Seattle to see for themselves the quality and security of a Rainier Eagle Yurt. They did – and they were definitely impressed. “Mr. Morgan” is another active text messenger! It's always a pleasure to hear from the Morgan family … in fact, he has started calling me "mom" (and for the record I am not EVEN CLOSE to being old enough to be his mother!)

Mr. Morgan called on Monday to tell me how much they love their yurt and then sent me a new family portrait. I feel so blessed to know this wonderful family.

The Durga

durga-yurt-eye

A 27’ yurt in Central Oregon. This young couple enjoys the quiet nights of bird songs and pink skies. They love living in communion with nature, just barely separated from their surroundings by the walls of the yurt. The name "Durga" is their creation, based on my custom floor plan.

Chompa-and-Dantes-durgaHere is a message from the Durgas at the very beginning of their yurt journey:

We will talk this weekend about if we want ladder or spiral. we love having your energy in our home design!! we were just talking about a couple of things last night ... about how cool it is that the people and events that led us to you, led us to you, about how now you probably know us better than a lot of people do, and in a really cool way.

I got to know them probably more so than any other customer. They even called me on Mother’s Day (and on Father’s Day!) and have been a bright spot on an ongoing basis. They forged into the compostable toilet debate – and lost. We will see great things from these two.

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The Cost of a Rainier Yurt

One of the most frequently asked questions I hear is “how much does it cost?” My answer always varies, because every yurt is so unique, depending on the needs of the yurt owners and the location where it’s going to be raised!

That’s why I’m so glad my new yurt friends (or I guess I could call them members of the yurt family!) have volunteered to share their costs on the blog – they all happened to choose our top-of-the-line Eagle model yurt, but with all different sizes and options.

Here are the costs of the three yurts side by side, so you can get a general idea of the price of the full yurt package.

The Durga The Vallejo The Morgan
Size & Model 27’ Eagle 33’ Eagle 30’ Eagle
Total Yurt Cost (before tax) $19,624.00 $27,010.00 $34,664.00
Roof 19 oz roof fabric
single layer insulation
19 oz roof fabric
single layer insulation
19 oz roof fabric
single layer insulation
Wall 17 oz reinforced vinyl
single layer insulation/canvas liner
17 oz reinforced vinyl
single layer insulation/canvas liner
17 oz reinforced vinyl
single layer insulation/canvas liner
Door 36” door Primary:
60” French door
Secondary: 36” full light door
60” French door
Windows 1 picture window
3 full light plastic
2 picture windows
2 full light plastic
3 half light plastic
2 picture windows
4 full light plastic
Dome Clear, opening, adjustable with
hand crank
Clear, opening, adjustable with
hand crank
Clear, opening, adjustable with
hand crank
Snow Load Eagle blocksPerimeter posts2” x 6” rafters Eagle blocks2” x 6” rafters Eagle blocksPerimeter posts2” x 8” rafters
SIPS No No Yes (6” panel)
Upgrades Flashing for woodstove
Ceiling fan bracket
Flashing for woodstove Flashing for woodstove
Awning for door
Floorplan Durga Vallejo Morgan

Remember, you can find pricing for all the different options for all our yurt models in the price calculator!

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Still to come in the series: shipping, the platform, plumbing and electrical, and the interior!

Namaste,

Enjoy the journey!


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Dana Of Rainier, the Yurt Girl

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2 thoughts on “The True Cost of Building a Yurt: The Yurt Package”

  • Amelia Richardson
    Amelia Richardson January 25, 2019 at 9:25 am

    i wish i could find out what the outside of a yurt is made out of to me it looks like a heavy duty tarp i have googled it a 100 times and have came up empty each time... do you know???

    Reply
    • rainier

      Hi Amelia!
      Well you have come to the right place! Fabric can vary by manufacturer but we use durable, top-of-the-line marine grade fabrics for the outer shell, which is made from reinforced vinyl with an acrylic top-coat that even meets the tough fire codes of California. The fabric is treated at the mill with coatings that provide water repellency, mildew and mold resistance, UV resistance, and (as mentioned) are flame retardant. Check out this blog post on ourEagle Yurt Sidewalls for some great info.

      Thanks!

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