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How Much Does a Yurt Cost?

Do you have a piece of land on which you’ve wanted to build a glamping getaway home but are unsure what kind of dwelling to construct? If you’re interested in something that will provide more than four walls and a roof over your head, you may want to consider building a yurt. Yurts have been around for centuries and have a lot to offer in terms of function and form. But how much does a yurt cost?

The cost of a yurt will depend on a few different factors, including the size of the yurt, the materials used to build it, and any special features or additions you want. We’re diving into all these factors so that you can get a better idea of how much it will cost to build your yurt.

What is a yurt, and how much does a yurt cost?

Basic Yurts Cost Less to Build
This is a very basic and primitive yurt. These types will cost much less than fancier yurts with more features.

Yurts are portable, round tents that nomadic people have used for centuries. They are still used today as temporary or permanent homes and for camping and other outdoor activities. Yurts can be purchased or rented, and the cost varies depending on the size, material, and features of the yurt.

The average cost of a yurt is between $1,500 and $5,000. Yurts can be made from various materials, including wood, metal, and fabric. The most expensive yurts are usually wood and have more features, such as electric lights and plumbing. These can cost upwards of $20,000 or more! However, yurts made of less expensive materials, such as metal or fabric, are typically around the $5,000 price point but may not be as durable or comfortable. They’ll also lack some basic functionality you might be looking for.

So, it goes without saying, it’s very difficult to give a precise cost of a yurt without knowing exactly what features you’re looking for. However, we’ll break down various costs associated with the construction. This should give you a rough idea of what you’ll probably end up spending.

Basic yurt construction.

Yurt Walls with Pallet Flooring
Using an inexpensive underflooring such as pallets is an easy way to keep costs down for the construction of your yurt.

The most significant cost associated with yurts is the initial purchase price. You may decide to build your own from scratch or start with a kit. Each have their own pros and cons and the cost to build your yurt will vary greatly between the two.

However, there are other costs, such as setting up the yurt and maintaining it over time. For example, if you plan to use your yurt as a permanent home, you will need to factor in the cost of insulating and heating the yurt in the winter.

If you’re considering purchasing a yurt, be sure to do your research and compare prices from several different manufacturers. Yurts are a significant investment, but they can provide you with a unique and comfortable living space that will last for years.

Mainly, handy people can assemble a yurt independently, but you may want to hire a professional if you are not confident in your ability. Building a yurt can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, depending on the size and complexity of the yurt. The average cost to hire a professional to assemble a yurt is between $1,000 and $3,000, depending on the complexity.

Insulation.

For those that live in areas with harsh winters, you will want to factor in the cost of insulating your yurt.

This can be done in several ways, but the most common variant we’ve seen is using a material called “reflective bubble insulation.” This type of insulation is placed inside the yurt walls and ceiling and helps to reflect heat into the yurt, keeping it warm in the winter.

The cost of reflective bubble insulation is typically around $0.50 per square foot. For a 18′ yurt, the square footage is around 250 square feet. For that, you will look to spend around $125 to insulate.

Staying comfortable with heating and cooling.

Our favorite way to heat and cool a yurt is with a mini split air conditioning system. These efficient systems can be installed for around $2,000 – $3,000. The best part about mini-split systems is that they can heat and cool your yurt, making them a great all-in-one solution.

While the mini split sounds wonderful, a wood stove is a way to go if you want a truly off-grid solution. It will provide heat in the winter, but you can also cook on it and use it to heat water. Wood stoves are typically around $1,000 – $2,000. Of course, this won’t cool your yurt, but fans and other cooling solutions are relatively inexpensive.

Flooring.

Laminate Flooring in a Yurt
Laminate flooring not only looks good but will last a long time. And, it is not that expensive.

There are many flooring options, but one of our favorites is bamboo. Bamboo is a sustainable material that is also very strong and durable. It can be installed for around $5 – $10 per square foot.

Another popular option is laminate flooring. Laminate is less expensive than bamboo, but it is not as durable. However, it still looks good and can be installed for around $2 – $4 per square foot. You can probably install it yourself if you’re feeling handy.

Carpeting is also an option, but it is not as durable as bamboo or laminate and will need to be replaced more often. Carpeting is typically around $1 – $2 per square foot and is not a traditional flooring choice for yurts.

Windows and ventilation.

Chances are you’re going to want to take in the views from your yurt, so windows are a must. The cost of windows will vary depending on the size and type of window you choose. Expect to pay around $200 – $300 per window. If you go with higher-end windows, you can expect to pay closer to $1,000 per window.

Ventilation is also essential in a yurt to allow fresh air to circulate. The most common type of ventilation is a screened opening at the top of the yurt. This can be opened and closed to let fresh air in and keep bugs out. Screened openings typically cost around $100 – $200, but most yurt kits are included.

Doors and entryways.

While most kits include an entryway, the door is often not included. You can expect to pay around $200 – $500 for a door, depending on the size and type of door you choose.

Remember, this will be the main entryway to your yurt, so you want it to be both functional and stylish. We recommend choosing a door at least 36 inches wide to allow for easy furniture moving and 80 inches tall for a little extra headroom.

Other considerations when purchasing or building a yurt.

Depending on how much time you’ll spend in your new shelter, you’ll want to consider how comfortable you want it to be. Some people choose to live in their yurts full-time. Although, others may only use them for weekend getaways or extended camping trips. They might even lease them on Airbnb or VRBO.

If you plan on using your yurt as a full-time residence, you’ll need to factor in the cost of a kitchen and bathroom. These will add to the overall cost of your yurt, but they are necessary if you want to live comfortably.

When adding a bathroom, you should expect to pay around $1,000 – $3,000 for a basic setup. This will include a toilet, sink, and shower. Of course, you can spend more if you want a nicer bathroom with a bathtub and tile floors.

A kitchen will also add to the cost of your yurt. However, it is possible to keep the cost down by choosing a more basic setup. A kitchen will typically cost around $2,000 – $5,000, depending on your chosen appliances and features.

You should also factor in furniture costs when budgeting for your yurt. You’ll need at least a bed, couch, and table, but you may want more depending on the size of your yurt. Plan on spending around $1,000 – $2,000 on furniture for a basic setup.

Final thoughts on the cost of a yurt.

All in all, a yurt can be a relatively affordable option when compared to traditional housing options.

Depending on how much you want to spend, you can have a basic or luxurious yurt. Basic yurts will have fewer features whereas a luxury yurt will have all the amenities of a regular home.

If you’re looking for an alternative to traditional housing or are interested in camping but don’t want to give up all the comforts of home, then a yurt may be perfect.

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