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Good morning! I ran across a hand written chart this week that David and I had compiled a couple of years ago when comparing the cost of the type of yurt we wanted between several different companies.
I do have to say up front, that it was difficult to get an exact comparison, because some “bells and whistles” were available with certain companies and not with others, while another company might have had something different to add that performed a similar function. That being said, we narrowed it down to three companies that were able to offer all of the yurt “bells and whistles” we will want when we buy one. Here’s how the tally came down:
- Ranier Yurts – A 30 foot yurt loaded with extras was $26,673.00. That’s including the insulated structural panels for the deck which were $5,000.00. These panels weren’t available with the other companies we checked.
- Colorado Yurt Company – A 30 foot yurt with this company, major bells and whistles included, was (at the time of research) $14,793.00. They also had a cool roll up wall option with matching size screens that we thought was really neat. We read good reviews on this company.
- Pacific Yurts – A very well known company that also had good reviews. Their 30 foot yurt with all of the custom add-ons we wanted came to $16,300.00. One interesting thing this company offers is the extra sunlight insert for the top. This is a swath of translucent fabric in addition to the clear dome that allows for extra light. Great if you like all the light you can get, or if you are an artist who needs this light flow for your work.
While they all had unique features and seemed like good companies to go with, obviously the Colorado Yurt Company was the most affordable. The insulated structural panels for the deck offered by Ranier Yurts were something I’d read about that came highly recommended. However, their overall cost was something we couldn’t justify at the time. Perhaps a hybrid of the Colorado Yurt Company yurt, and the Ranier Yurts insulated panels might end up working for us.
To tell you the truth, I almost tossed the analysis chart when I found it, as the information was still in my head about who the more affordable company was, in our opinion. But as I remembered all of the research David and I had both put in back and forth between web sites and product literature to come up with this information (like I said, it wasn’t easy with some of the features being so different), I thought perhaps the results of our efforts would be of help to someone researching the same alternative housing option. This is an open comment posting, so anyone from the three companies is certainly welcome to post what they feel would be helpful information. And of course, so is any individual. Happy yurt searching!