Yurt Cost Comparison

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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!

Comments

  1. Mike says:

    I think all three companies make good yurts, but the comparison is not really apple-to-apples. Ranier’s 30′ yurt is good for 115 psf snow loading with the standard design, and 165 psf snow loading for the high load kit. Neither resorts to using center posts.

    The last I checked, the 30′ Pacific Yurt was only good for 40 psf or so, so there’s a huge difference in strength. Even with the central support column, it still doesn’t approach the Ranier yurt.

    That doesn’t mean that PY and CY don’t make great yurts. It just goes to explain one of the reasons for the price difference.

    – Mike

  2. myscha39 says:

    Hi Mike.

    You know, in all the reviews I gave, I either hadn’t gotten to the load difference, or had forgotten about it over the craziness of the move across the continent.

    Great point you made! Thanks for posting it, because as I said, it is very difficult to get an apples to apples look at the various companies with all the subtle and not so subtle differences in features.

    Thanks again for taking the time to comment.

  3. Mike says:

    You’re welcome. I’m a big fan of everything Rainier has to offer, particularly the snow loading and the option for opening double-paned glass windows, but completely not a fan of the price. It looks like you get what you pay for with all three manufacturers, and all are decent values. It’s just a question of how much you want.

    We’ve decided to get a miniHome Duo from Sustain design at http://sustain.ca . It costs a lot more, but this is going to be our full-time house, not a getaway. As a result, the yurts ended up costing almost as much once we added in all the services and interior goodies. In the end, we wanted something we could finance, as well as roll-in and roll-out, without any foundation.

    Good luck to anyone making a choice. Yurts are an amazing use of material, and it’s nice to see all the options we now have.

  4. myscha39 says:

    Those look cool. And apparently still slightly nomadic as a home choice?

  5. Mike says:

    Yes! Nomadic! We may never move from where our next residence is going to be, but we still like the idea that we could move at any time. Not only is it a sense of freedom, regardless of whether or not we actually move, but it’s also a good reminder of what is permanent. In the end, life is impermanent, and there’s no way to freeze anything into place. A big stone house might feel permanent and secure, but it simply can’t stop change from happening. People will die, businesses will close, careers will change, children and friends will come and go. Safety and security come from being in tune with ourselves and the universe, and making good choices as a result. We’re looking forward to living in a structure that serves as a constant reminder of both the impermanence of all things, and also the power of choice.

    Plus, we love the property where we’re going to live, and didn’t want to put down a permanent foundation if we didn’t have to. Yurts without floors work on the Mongolian steppes, but our local codes have issues with that, and we also think it would be nice to have a clean and warm floor. There are also tax benefits.

    So the yurts inspired us to tread lightly and be at least theoretically nomadic.

  6. myscha39 says:

    Choice is cool. And you are totally right, change is always coming . . . whether we want it to or not.

  7. Troy says:

    Hi,
    I’m going through the same frustrating experience of comparing yurt manufacturers and was happy to come accross the information you posted.
    Did you end up purchasing from Colorado? If so, are you pleased with it?
    I’m looking to put a yurt on my cottage property on Georgian Bay in Ontario. I was only looking at Yurtco.com, Pacificyurts.com, and YurtsofAmerica.com before I read your posting. YurtsofAmerica beats them all on price, which is important to me considering it is a temporary solution(probably 5-10 years). However, I do want make sure its of high quality. Every company claims to make the best yurts.
    Any further info or advice you can offer would be greatly appreciated.
    Cheers,
    Troy
    BTW. That link by Mike to sustain.ca was very interesting. It’s about time that city’s changed their zoning bylaws to allow structures such as minihomes.

  8. myscha39 says:

    Hi Troy.

    We are still in the middle of deciding what we are going to put on our lake lot up here in Northern Maine. We’d like to ideally start with a yurt and then hold out for more of a lodge type structure.

    Every time we think we’ve narrowed in on the decision, something else raises its head as a side issue we hadn’t thought of yet. Like the lack of need for a pole in the middle of the Ranier yurts when you upgrade for increased snow load. It’s quite a bit more money though.

    When it’s a possible / probable that you are going with it as a temporary solution, the first inkling is to always go cheaper. However, having moved as much as we have, I’ve learned that 5-10 years can feel longer than you think.

    I’m also considering the various deck plan options available which will consider the need to have the sides dropped down and insulated so that the under the yurt pipes won’t freeze. Not sure what’s available that’s also easily disassembled for a possible future move, even if it’s only across the lot / yard.

    The other thing that Ranier offers, although I find it a bit pricey considering there’s got to be a way to figure out a DIY option is the insulated floor panels. Maybe those are only as important if you aren’t going with the dropped insulated sides?

    If you are looking for additional information, there are other link compilations under the alternative housing section of this blog. The link is on the upper right. Feel free to browse to your heart’s content. It’s a tougher decision than it at first appears, isn’t it?