The True Cost of Building a Yurt: Package (2022)

You want to build a personal oasis within a budget. You've felt the inspiration, read about the adventure, and now you want an introduction to the true cost of building a yurt. For years, Rainier Outdoor yurt owners have provided creative feedback and innovative ways to guide the way through all things yurt. This is part two in our series, “The True Cost of Building a Yurt: Package.” In this part, we will provide insight into three new yurt owners and price comparisons of their custom yurts.

For part one of our series, The True Cost of Building a Yurt: Introduction, we touch on permits, insulation, location, the platform, floor plans, and of course pricing.

Installment number three of our series, The True Cost of Building a Yurt: The Platform, discusses your platform options along with estimated labor and costs associated with each.

Lastly, part four, The True Cost of Building a Yurt: Shipping, highlights shipping your yurt! We discuss your options and share the estimated freight costs of three recent shipments of various yurt sizes.

The goal of this series is to provide a helping hand to our customers as they calculate the true cost of building a yurt. We interviewed three recent yurt buyers as they kindly agreed to share their experience and costs with us. Our recent yurt buyers have provided a deeper frame of reference for you, an aspiring yurt owner.

A Yurt, In the Works

Our three yurt owners have built their yurts and are now either living in them full-time or seasonally. Our goal is to provide a variety of yurt sizes, costs, and stories that will likely answer your yurt-building questions. The yurt building process is a tactile process that recommends frequent communication and knowledge of our customer’s needs. Often, we get to know each customer well through the design, decision, and building stages of raising a yurt.

The Cost of a Rainier Outdoor Yurt

Yurts are some of the most unique and dynamic living spaces available. We frequently receive questions about the true cost of a Rainier Outdoor yurt. Most often we reply with, “the cost of a yurt is dependent on the needs of the yurt owners and the landscape that the yurt will be raised on.” While dreaming about raising your yurt, consider asking yourself, what do I want out of my yurt? Will I live in my yurt full-time? Will my yurt be a new and improved remote office? Where am I going to put it? Should I build it in the woods, next to a lake, maybe IN A TREE? The answers to these questions will help us understand the dimensions, aesthetics, and weather-permitted requirements you will need to build a long-standing yurt.

We are thankful to have new yurt friends to lend a helping hand in guiding other yurt goers through the cost of building a yurt! Our featured yurt goers have very different stories, situations, and yurt preferences to provide a wide range of information to reference when it comes time to purchase a yurt of your own.

Below, you will find the costs of the three yurts side by side. This guide will provide you a general idea of the price of a full yurt package.

BURT THE YURTDO IT YURTSELFZION YURT
Size & Model33' Eagle Yurt30' Eagle Yurt30' Eagle Yurt
Total Yurt Cost (before tax$52,533.98$39,622$25,115
Roof32 oz. Durolast Fabric

Double Layer Insulation with 10 oz. Cotton Canvas

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28oz. Vinyl Fabric

Double Layer Insulation with 10oz. Cotton Canvas

19 oz. Vinyl Coated Polyester Fabric

No Roof Insulation (Customer Provided)

WallDouble Layer Insulation with 10 oz. Cotton Canvas

17 oz. Reinforced Vinyl

Double Layer Insulation with 10 oz. Cotton Canvas

6 oz. Fabric Panels

No Insulation (Customer Provided)

Door

60" Door Full-Light/LHA Swing

36" Door Full-Light/ RH Swing

60" French Door Full-Light Thermal Window

Half-Length Natural Wooden Door

(36" wide, half-light thermal window)

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Natural Wooden Door

(36" wide, full-light thermal window)

Windows

2 Panorama Soft Window

3 36" x 48" Wood Clad Hard Window

Full-Length Soft Window

2 84" x 50" Clear Plastic Window

2 48" x 24" Half-Length Plastic, Opening with Screen

2 48" x 48" Full-Length Plastic, Opening with Screen

2 84" x 50" Picture Window, No Screen, Non-Opening

84" x 50" Clear Plastic Window (Picture Window, No Screen, Non Opening) x2
DomeClear, Opening, Adjustable with Hand CrankClear, Opening, Adjustable with Hand CrankClear, Opening, Adjustable with Hand Crank
Snow LoadEagle BlocksNo
SIPSNoNoNo
Upgrades32 oz. Durolast Roof

Eagle Blocks

Flashing for Woodstove

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Commercial Locks

Fabric Awning (Primary Door)

Fabric Awning Door #2

Primary Door Rain Diverter

Burt the Yurt

Burt is a 33’ Eagle Yurt located in Shelburne, VT. This yurt is located on 500 acres of property owned by a wonderful family in Vermont. The family decided to venture away from purchasing a trailer for vacationing and decided to build a yurt that would serve as a peaceful getaway. During the summertime, Burt is a lake house, arranged near a large lake, exhibiting a breathtaking view. In the winter, Burt is a cozy getaway for a short family vacation. They decided that building a yurt on their property would substantially increase the value of their property, as opposed to placing a temporary trailer on the land. Burt is a work-in-progress and will soon receive a 16’ Eagle screened in Yurt. The 16’ Eagle Yurt will provide additional screened-in space for outdoor adventures while preserving the view, and keeping pesky bugs away.

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Do It Yurtself

This Eagle Yurt is part of a larger project known as, “Do It Yurtself”. Rainier Outdoor provided, and participated in the yurt guide, construction, and creative elements of this yurt. The 33’ Eagle Yurt was designed by a young filmmaker who previously worked as a designer and art director. Zach Both, the young artist, spent time traveling the country in a van that was converted into a camper. After some time, he decided to set roots in the Pacific Northwest. Zach contacted our team at Rainier Outdoor with an interest in building a website that outlined the buying and building process of a yurt. DoItYurtself.com is a live website where aspiring yurt owners and builders can visit to understand the anatomy of a yurt, the time involved in building a yurt, pricing, exterior, and interior design. Our team participated in creating vlogs to walk through the manufacturing process within our warehouse, building the platform, framing the yurt, and installing the yurt cover.

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Zach outlined a plan and executed it to a tee. One of his main goals was to create a modern interior design inside his new yurt. This design is unique to most yurts around the world. The best solution was to build interior walls that would separate the kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom from each other. He is a talented designer and had the ability to create the space in 3D using an online platform. After 10 days, the interior structure of his yurt was built and ready for decor. This stunning structure houses two full-time residents. It is complete with a full kitchen, wood stove, office space, restroom space, washer, and dryer.

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Zion Yurt at Angel Valley Ranch

This 30’ Eagle Yurt resides between the mountains in Orderville, Utah, just a few miles above the Zion National Park in Southern Utah. The inspiration behind building this yurt came from the owner’s interest in being portable, as he decided to construct the yurt on family-owned land. The yurt sits on 20 acres of property that is part of a large ranch. It overlooks the trail that leads to the world-famous Narrows hike in Zion National Park.

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This yurt is especially interesting because specific elements of the yurt are self-built by the owner! According to the owner, assembling the yurt took one day, with the help of several neighbors. The remainder of the construction was completed by the owner, family, and friends over four months. The yurt floor is built with 5 ½ inch polyisocyanurate structural insulated panels (SIPs), capped with a ¾ inch subfloor and luxury vinyl planks. The owner noted, “I do not recommend luxury vinyl plank flooring as the sun from the dome makes the flooring expand at different rates.” Fortunately, he resolved this small glitch with large area rugs. Furthermore, the walls are insulated with 3 ½ inch polyisocyanurate foam panels, cut to fit between the snow legs. The roof rafters and eagle block are homemade from a pattern provided by our Rainier Engineering team. The rafters include a 3-inch polyisocyanurate foam and a hard-faced panel – painted in a color that matches the pink sandstone cliffs above the property.

Additionally, the ceiling panels are supported by 400 one-inch square pieces of wood trim. And the walls are covered with 5mm wood paneling. The windows and doors have trimmed cedar that is harvested and milled on the ranch. Most of the lumber used in construction is from locally sourced beetle kill pine. This off-the-grid yurt is spring water fed, has a septic system, solar panels for power-source, propane heaters, and satellite internet. The owner plans on installing a wood stove this summer!

The goal is to raise a yurt in a secluded location, where guests could experience the therapeutic views of the pink cliffs and mountains from the yurt deck. The owner built this yurt around the same time that Airbnb became popular. The yurt now includes a master bedroom, a murphy bed in the family room, two beds in the loft, a bathroom with a shower, a full kitchen, and sleeps up to eight adults. If you're interested in spending a weekend getaway in this magnificent yurt, visit their Zion Yurt page.

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We are all wondering - how did the owner hang these incredible corded lights throughout the ceiling of the yurt? The pendant lights hang from the standard bracket mount round ceiling electrical boxes that penetrate the polyisocyanurate insulation panels.

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We invite you to take a look!

Are you even more interested in raising your own yurt? Our team will supply you with everything you need, including yurt configurators for both the Eagle and Raven yurts!

Don’t miss the next two sections in our yurt series that cover: shipping, the platform, plumbing and electrical, and the interior!

FAQs

How long does it take to build a yurt? ›

The Basics of Building a Yurt

Some smaller yurts can be finished in just a few hours by experienced builders, while bigger ones often take a weekend to complete depending on your expertise. For larger yurts, set aside at least two days to build your new frame and to install the insulation and outer covers.

How many square feet is a 40 foot yurt? ›

Boasting a whopping 1,256 square feet of floor space, the 40' yurt is our BIG KAHUNA. popular as full-time homes (we also have a 35' yurt). family, or even your business could do with this space.

How many people does it take to build a yurt? ›

Yurts take between 30 minutes and 3 hours to set up or take down, and usually house between five and 15 people. They are usually a little over 2 meters (6 feet) high, with a slightly domed top rising another meter.

Are yurts expensive? ›

What Is the Average Cost of a Yurt? It costs around $27,000 to build a yurt. You can pay anywhere from $11,500 to $44,000 on average, depending on the yurt's size, location, and customizations.

How many years will a yurt last? ›

On average, a basic yurt will last anywhere from 8 to 15 years. The wooden frame of the yurt can last much longer than 15 years, but the weak spot is the canvas covering. It's longevity depends on the amount of solar exposure, humidity and maintenance by the owner.

Do yurts get moldy? ›

Q: Is mold growth a concern with yurts? You shouldn't have mold problems with Pacific Yurts, assuming you have proper ventilation and air circulation. However, you will need to wash the exterior regularly to remove dirt and debris. Find more information on yurt upkeep on our yurt maintenance page.

How many square feet is a 20ft yurt? ›

Dimensions and inclusions: 20 feet diameter and a height of 11.4 feet at the top. 314 square feet area.

How big is a standard yurt? ›

Yurts come in four sizes: 16′, 20′, 24′, and 30′.

How much does it cost to build a wooden yurt? ›

On average, you'll spend $35,000 to build a yurt home or between $11,500 and $75,000. That price includes the yurt, base platform, and interior finishings.

How do yurts hold up in storms? ›

Yurt Homes Are Built Strong

In general, yurts are very safe during storms. Many interconnected points in their structure, along with an aerodynamic shape, provide a high level of stability and flexibility.

Can yurts have bathrooms? ›

Though outdoor bathrooms are still a good fit for some, many prefer to install a bathroom inside their yurt. Adding a yurt bathroom can be done within a larger yurt as part of the living space or within a smaller yurt or site-built structure as an exterior bathhouse.

What are yurt walls made of? ›

The lattice wall of traditional yurts was typically made from willow, birch or poplar saplings fastened together using leather thongs. It was made in sections that would be lashed together each time the yurt was assembled.

How many square feet is a 50 foot yurt? ›

254 sq ft

Is a yurt warm in winter? ›

And sure, New England winters can get pretty cold, but with the right planning we've found living in the yurt to be perfectly comfortable and warm, even in the depths of Vermont winter. A woodstove or other heat source is a given in winter yurt life.

Does a yurt need a foundation? ›

It is essentially the base of all yurts. Most homes are built with an in-ground foundation; however, yurts are always supported by a platform typically anchored with concrete blocks and raised off the ground with wooden posts.

Do yurts leak? ›

Brand new yurt covers may leak. This might seem odd as the material is proofed for water at the factory but the material has to go through a process known as "weathering in". The leakage is, in general, hardly noticeable.

Can you put AC in a yurt? ›

Air conditioning units can be free-standing or mounted into a window using electricity or solar power. A window air conditioner may be fitted into a second entryway or a frame similar to those used to frame windows. Air conditioners dry air before releasing it into the room so they don't provide humidity.

What is the R value of a yurt? ›

The R-value for Rainier Outdoor single layer Reflective insulation is R9 and our double layer is R10. When used in combination with a decent heat source and a circular interior these values become extremely efficient.

How do you keep water out of a yurt? ›

How to Control Humidity in Yurts
  1. Because the cotton-based outer canvas of a yurt is water resistant and not waterproof, we add a layer of house wrap between the felt insulation and the canvas.
  2. If too much condensation accumulates in the felt, it may drip down the yurt or leave humidity stains in the inner liner.
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How do you waterproof a yurt? ›

A water proofing product that is very easy to apply is Fabsil Gold. It is silicone-based proofer, which is the same principle as how our yurt canvas is treated. Apply every year or bi-yearly as necessary. It can be brushed on by a brush, rolled on with a roller, or sprayed on.

Are yurts rainproof? ›

Weather Resistant

The waterproof canvas materials used in modern yurt tents hold up extremely well against a range of different weather conditions.

How many sq ft is a 30 ft yurt? ›

The price per yurt, including all standard features, varies depending on the diameter. The smallest option is 12 feet in diameter and 115 square feet, with a center height of nine feet. On the other hand, the largest option has a 30 foot diameter and 706 square feet, with a center height of just over 14 feet.

How many square feet is a 35 foot yurt? ›

Yurt Size
No. of wall panelsDiameter (ft / m)Floor Area (sq.m)
3 panels12' / 3.7m11 sq.m
4 panels16' / 4.9m19 sq.m
5 panels19' / 5.8m26 sq.m
6 panels22' / 6.7m35 sq.m
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How big should my yurt be? ›

Yurt Sizes and Set Up Situations - YouTube

How many square feet is a 25 foot yurt? ›

With a total interior square footage of 445 feet without a tree collar, or 400 square feet with, our 25-foot yurts and treehouses offer an extra generous amount of living space.

How many sq ft is a 24 ft yurt? ›

As a Little Foot Yurt Owner You Will Receive
12ft yurt24ft yurt
Square footage113450
Height of wall4ft6.5ft
Height in center7ft11.5ft
Base price$11,250$28,480
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How many square feet is a 16 ft yurt? ›

200 square feet area. A wooden lattice wall covered with canvas. Two flexible windows and a dome included.

Do yurts have bathrooms and kitchens? ›

The concept and lifestyle of yurt living provide a simple life closer to nature. But while the structure is a simple circular tent-like building lending itself to open plan living, the interiors have evolved to include interior walls, separate rooms, and even kitchens and bathrooms.

Can you live in a yurt in the winter? ›

While you may assume that yurts are hard to heat, as they lack solid walls, yurts are actually designed for energy efficiency. Today, modern technologies allow yurt owners to feel comfortable, regardless of the weather outside.

How do I make my yurt live comfortably? ›

Although your yurt is no mansion, you'll want to furnish it with several pieces of useful, comfortable items to accommodate your daily life. Consider adding a table and chairs, a bed, a bookshelf, and a comfortable reading chair. If you don't want to add a real bed, use a camp stretcher, foldaway, or inflatable bed.

Are yurts easy to break into? ›

Yurts are far more difficult to break into than a standard stick house. With the lattice work frame expanding across the walls and windows, it makes it considerably more work to breach than a common house with glass windows.

Are yurts noisy? ›

The yurts can be noisy if we experience high winds and rain and that you have to walk to the toilet you will get a little wet . Theres no queuing to use the bathroom as each yurt has its own facilities. Three of the yurts don't have electricity, (the French, Balinese and Gothic) this is part of the experience.

Are yurts safe from bears? ›

It is commonly understood that if your yurt is in bear country, the best way to avoid problems is to make sure that food is not left in the yurt in your absence unless it's completely sealed. Using a bear bag or a food safe away from the yurt (or at least under the platform) is a good habit.

Can you run electricity to a yurt? ›

Electricity Options for Yurts

Electricity may be wired underneath the yurt platform. Outlets may be installed onto posts at the perimeter of the yurt or into the floor. If interior partition walls are constructed, wiring and outlets could be added into them as well.

Where do you put a bathroom in a yurt? ›

Bathrooms and Kitchens

Venting is most often directed through the yurt wall and plumbing lines are generally brought up through the floor. Occasionally, yurt owners will choose to put their bathroom in a second yurt, either attached or detached, or even in a separate wood frame structure.

How do you connect two yurts together? ›

Direct Connection – Two yurts can also be set adjacent to each other and connected without the hallway. This could be done by securing the two-door frames together with short sections of plywood and connecting the top covers together with additional fabric.

What direction does a yurt face? ›

The yurt, oriented with the door facing south, is crossed by the cardinal axes, and the central pillars represent the connection between earth and sky. It is therefore important to respect this very strong and universal symbolism.

Do yurts have a hole in the top? ›

The domed or conical roof of the yurt has a circle at the crown with rafters radiating down to meet the walls. There's usually a hole at the top for a stove's chimney or, in more modern yurts, a skylight.

Do yurts lock? ›

Most yurt companies will offer doors that lock. If you're able to use electricity you could install an alarm system or motion-activated lights.

Is it hard to put up a yurt? ›

While yurts are not complex structures, they do require some general carpentry skills to build and set up. If you are a beginner, purchase a yurt kit to easily build your structure. If you're comfortable with carpentry, search online for yurt building plans, and make each piece of the structure yourself.

How much does it cost to build a wooden yurt? ›

On average, you'll spend $35,000 to build a yurt home or between $11,500 and $75,000. That price includes the yurt, base platform, and interior finishings.

How much wind can a yurt withstand? ›

Even Pacific Yurts' largest yurt can be enhanced to withstand roof snow up to 100 pounds per square foot and wind up to 142 miles per hour.

Can yurts have bathrooms? ›

Though outdoor bathrooms are still a good fit for some, many prefer to install a bathroom inside their yurt. Adding a yurt bathroom can be done within a larger yurt as part of the living space or within a smaller yurt or site-built structure as an exterior bathhouse.

What kind of foundation do you need for a yurt? ›

The base for your yurt deck can be concrete footings, piers or sonotubes. To support the beams under the deck, we suggest precast piers and 4x4s. You'll want to insulate the yurt footprint, then complete the deck with plywood or osb. Finished flooring can be installed on top of this layer.

Does a yurt need a base? ›

Most homes are built with an in-ground foundation; however, yurts are always supported by a platform typically anchored with concrete blocks and raised off the ground with wooden posts.

Do yurts have bathrooms and kitchens? ›

The concept and lifestyle of yurt living provide a simple life closer to nature. But while the structure is a simple circular tent-like building lending itself to open plan living, the interiors have evolved to include interior walls, separate rooms, and even kitchens and bathrooms.

Is a yurt warm in winter? ›

And sure, New England winters can get pretty cold, but with the right planning we've found living in the yurt to be perfectly comfortable and warm, even in the depths of Vermont winter. A woodstove or other heat source is a given in winter yurt life.

How many square feet is a 16 foot yurt? ›

200 square feet area. A wooden lattice wall covered with canvas. Two flexible windows and a dome included.

Are yurts bear proof? ›

It is commonly understood that if your yurt is in bear country, the best way to avoid problems is to make sure that food is not left in the yurt in your absence unless it's completely sealed. Using a bear bag or a food safe away from the yurt (or at least under the platform) is a good habit.

Are yurts noisy? ›

The yurts can be noisy if we experience high winds and rain and that you have to walk to the toilet you will get a little wet . Theres no queuing to use the bathroom as each yurt has its own facilities. Three of the yurts don't have electricity, (the French, Balinese and Gothic) this is part of the experience.

Can yurts handle snow? ›

A yurt is like a tent, sure—but it's a tent with lumber framing and modern engineered structural supports. It's a tent that is specifically designed to withstand realities like wind and snow. So the short answer to the question is, Heck yes a yurt roof can support snow. And it can support a heck of a lot of it.

Are yurts hot in summer? ›

One note: you will need more BTUs to heat a yurt than you would to heat a similarly-sized traditional dwelling. When summer comes around, you want to stay cool. In many climates, a yurt in the shade that has a dome lifter, ceiling fan, and plenty of windows for cross ventilation will stay comfortable.

Can you run electricity to a yurt? ›

Electricity Options for Yurts

Electricity may be wired underneath the yurt platform. Outlets may be installed onto posts at the perimeter of the yurt or into the floor. If interior partition walls are constructed, wiring and outlets could be added into them as well.

Can you put plumbing in a yurt? ›

Can I install electricity and plumbing in my yurt? Yes! Electrical and plumbing can be run to any location under your yurt!

Where do you put a bathroom in a yurt? ›

Bathrooms and Kitchens

Venting is most often directed through the yurt wall and plumbing lines are generally brought up through the floor. Occasionally, yurt owners will choose to put their bathroom in a second yurt, either attached or detached, or even in a separate wood frame structure.

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