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How Much Does A Yurt Cost?

Typical Range: $11,500 - $44,000

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Yurt Home Costs

On average, you can expect to pay about $27,000 to build a yurt home. Depending on size, location, and several other features, that average can range from $11,500 to $44,000. That includes about $2,000 to $5,000 in labor, $6,000 to $30,000 for materials, and $3,000 to $7,000 for the base platform.

Homes come in all shapes and sizes, and there has been a movement of late into non-traditional living spaces. Yurts are among the increasingly popular styles. They can hardly be called non-traditional, though the tradition from which they come may be unfamiliar in the U.S.

The structures are highly customizable. That makes them useful as homes, offices or storage spaces. It also makes construction costs range widely. They are eco-friendly, comparatively inexpensive, and easy to build.

Cost to Build a Yurt

Line ItemCost Range
Labor$2,000-$5,000
Materials$6,000-$30,000
Platform$3,000-$7,000
Delivery$500-$2,000
TOTAL:$11,500-$44,000

Yurt Kits Prices

The price for a kit ranges between $6,000 and $30,000. These kits contain all materials for construction of a pre-designed space. Compare that with more custom construction, where materials alone range between $8,000 and $20,000.

Kits are available in various sizes, ranging from about 10 feet in diameter on the low end to more than 30 feet on the high end. Building with a kit may be more expensive than buying all of the materials separately, but it is often more convenient. It is typically designed to fit building and zoning regulations.

Most companies offer optional upgrades to their models that may increase the cost. Functional upgrades may include extra roof protection or better insulation. Glass windows or French doors are more decorative.

Average Cost of a Yurt House by Size

Diameter in FeetSquare FootageCost
10115$11,500-$25,000
14155$15,000-$28,000
20314$16,000-$32,000
24452$18,000-$36,000
30106$20,000-$40,000
30 two-story1412$30,000-$44,000

Your project budget will largely depend on the size of the home. It will always be round, but some options have two stories.

Delivery Costs

The price of delivering materials ranges between $500 and $2,000 because of their bulky nature. For permanent or semi-permanent constructions, delivery costs may be an important factor. Many homeowners purposely build them in remote locations. Delivery to these areas will add to your construction costs.

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Yurt Price List

Construction ComponentsPrice
Platform$3,000-$7,000
Insulation$1,400-$3,000
Structural Reinforcements$1,000-$5,000
Stove Flashing$200-$600
Rain Catchments$500-$3,000
Custom Doors$500-$900
Glass Windows$1,500-$5,000
Roofing$500-$1,500

The overall range of $11,500 to $44,000 is so large because of the many customization possibilities. This structure runs the gamut from simple to ornate, from small and portable to large and permanent. In addition, building costs depend heavily on design. A simple wood and canvas space with a 12-foot diameter is going to be less expensive than an upgraded unit 30 feet across.

In any construction, costs will include:

  • Wood for the walls and rafters
  • The roof ring
  • Canvas or other flexible covering
  • A door frame and door
  • Two bands that wrap around the outside, which are essential for holding the whole thing up

Upgraded yurts may incorporate:

  • Insulation installed along the insides of the walls and roof
  • Structural reinforcements
  • Heavy duty roofing
  • Stove flashing
  • Rain catchments.
  • Custom doors and windows

Yurt Platform Costs

The structure must sit on a platform, which ranges from $3,000 to $7,000 in most cases. That range includes the price to hire a land surveyor at $300 to $700, who can recommend exactly where you should build.

About 40% of platform costs are labor. Materials tend to be wood or composite decking materials. Composite is more expensive but requires less maintenance and tends to last longer than wood.

Insulation

Expect to pay between $1,400 and $3,000 to insulate the walls and roof. This step is all but necessary for cold-weather camping or living in a yurt in cold climates. In either case, a simple canvas covering provides little protection from low temperatures.

You can find different types of protection, but it's most common to budget for radiant heat barrier insulation. It differs from traditional alternatives in that it is designed to reflect heat rather than absorb it. That provides it with a much lower R-value than traditional insulation.

Structural Reinforcements

Depending on the building area, it might be a good idea to reinforce your structure at an extra material cost of $1,000 to $5,000. That might include larger rafters or studs around the perimeter. Another common reinforcement method includes compression ring-to-rafter brackets to strengthen the structure.

These houses do not rely on stakes or ropes to stay standing. Their structural integrity comes from resistance working in several different directions. The different parts work against one another, making the unit much stronger than one might expect. In severe weather climates where the walls and roof may be subjected to high winds or heavy snows, extra security through structural reinforcements makes sense.

Stove Flashing

If you plan to install a stove in your home, flashing will cost between $200 and $600. Most options utilize a centrally-located stove for heating. Flashing is usually but not always necessary as the design of the structure allows ventilation from the stove through a hole in the center of the roof. Ventilation becomes more efficient through a stove flashing. As a practical matter, sealing your vents is a good idea in most constructions. 

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Rain Catchments

A cistern system that catches and stores rainwater ranges between $500 and $3,000. In remote locations without access to community water supply, many yurt owners make use of rain catchment systems to gather rainwater for later use.

At a minimum, your budget to install gutters should be between $400 and $1,200. And you should account for the cost of a large water tank at $100 to $1,800.

Dutch Doors or French Doors

The price to add Dutch or French doors to your structure ranges between $500 and $900. This option adds both functional and aesthetic value to the structure. Upgraded doors are more common on larger, permanent houses.

Windows – Plastic vs. Glass

Included in most kits are basic plastic windows. Upgrading to glass windows costs about $1,500 to $5,000 depending on the number you install.

This alternative requires and includes framing in the price. It might significantly increase your budget because it is difficult to install glass windows in traditional flexible lattice walls. Talk to your builder about your whether this option is possible for your structure

Roofing

If you want to go beyond the basic option in your kit, a more weather-resistant roof ranges between $500 and $1,500. Typically, it's the same basic materials, but reinforced and coated to increase its durability.

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DIY Yurt Costs

Building your own structure ranges between $7,500 and $35,000 in most cases. That includes the $6,000 to $30,000 in materials for the construction itself, as well as $1,500 to $5,000 for its base platform. 

Build Your Own Yurt Cost vs. Professional Construction

The $7,500 to $35,000 for a DYI project compare favorably to professional installation, which ranges from $11,500 to $44,000 all things considered. You will only need materials for both the structure and the platform. At the same time, long-term costs could increase if the space is not sturdy enough or needs reinforced overtime. Professional construction is initially more expensive but tends to pay off in the long run.

Building on a Budget

The best way to build a yurt on a budget is to define your budget from the start. Your range can determine the size of construction, along with any extras you want to build on.

You might not need a French door or glass windows. A basic roof may suffice. And even if you require professional labor, you can chip in (like building your own base platform) to shave some money off the price.

Other than labor, materials are your biggest variables. To save costs, investigate cheaper options that don't sacrifice too much in quality, like using treated wood vs. composite for the frame or platform.

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What is a Yurt?

A yurt is a circular structure, relatively portable, that has been a dwelling in Central Asia for 3,000 years. A fully constructed yurt has the same basic shape as a circus tent, with a rooftop that slopes down evenly from a roof ring at the center to the tops of low-rising outside walls. These walls run in a circle around the base.

These structures are popular for camping because most are designed to collapse down to a portable size on deconstruction. They are not as easy to transport as tents, but all materials may be loaded onto a roof rack or into the back of a truck for relocation.

Because of their durability, they are increasingly common as homes and work spaces. They're typically made of a wooden lattice frame and wooden rafters, covered with canvas or another durable material. Unless the diameter is very large, there is no need for a center support. 

Main Uses of a Yurt

Yurts readily lend themselves to several purposes, thanks to their customizability and wide-open floor space.

  • As a home: common for thousands of years in other parts of the world, they have only recently come into use as homes in the U.S.
  • As an office: their open floor plans allow for quick and easy arrangement and rearrangement of desks and other office essentials.
  • For storage: simple construction and low costs offer benefits above a traditional backyard shed.
  • For extra living space: separate from the main living quarters, they're perfect to relax or as meeting spaces for meditation or yoga.

Benefits of Yurt Living

Yurts offer countless advantages for the right personality:

  • They are generally less expensive than a traditional home.
  • Because of their lower heating and cooling costs, they are eco-friendlier than traditional houses.
  • They do not require a foundation, so they leave no lasting impression on the ground if they're removed.
  • Their lack of a foundation may allow the owner to avoid property taxes.

They are durable, customizable, inexpensive and green. They are also interesting; if there's ever a lull in the conversation inside your home, just talk about the yurt!

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FAQs

How much are yurt living costs?

Budget about $100 to $600 per month when living in a yurt. That assumes you don't have to repay any debt from the construction. It includes power and regular maintenance.

If you don't have a cistern, you will need water supply, which increases your budget. The size of the space and insulation in the walls also factor into living costs.

Where can I buy a yurt?

Most structures come in kits, sold by companies like SimpleTerra and Colorado Yurt Company. You will need to have land first and at least a plan for building the platform. Hiring a pro can help you find and assemble the right kit.

What are the most inexpensive yurts to buy?

The most inexpensive kits are 10-foot, non-insulated constructions. They range between $6,000 and $10,000 for materials only. They're perfect if you don't want a full-time home. If you plan to live on the space, you might need to look for other options.

How long do yurts last?

The fabric lasts between eight and 15 years. The exact age depends on its quality, as well as your climate. More UV rays tend to damage it more quickly.

Most kits come with a lifetime warranty on the wood frame.

Your top or roof should last between 10 and 20 years.

Do yurts have a bathroom?

Many larger kits come with plans for a bathroom included. Even if they don't, you can easily add one at a cost of $2,000 to $8,000. If the interior space isn't large enough, you can add an outhouse or outdoor bathroom close by.

What's the cost of a yurt in Hawaii?

Similar to other locations, kits in Hawaii range between $7,000 and $15,000. With customizations and labor, your total budget will be between $12,000 and $40,000.

Hawaii is a perfect place for this type of construction. A mild climate requires little insulation, while expensive prices for regular homes make the savings more appealing. 

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