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newt 11-23-2014 10:19 AM

yurt vs house
We are a family for 4 with 2 dogs. Kids are 5 and 7. We currently own some property and are living in a 29 ft rv on the land. We have hopes to build a house some day but are considering a yurt for the interim. Do we just build the house or do we put up a yurt and build the slowly? Looking for some pros and cons to building a yurt vs building a small house. Are we just adding a step by building a yurt then house....spending money that does not increase equity. Time is an issue as well. We have been plugged into to my in laws house for over a year and are starting our 2nd winter in the camper. Let your thoughts fly and thanks in advance.

Jafo 11-23-2014 10:35 AM

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Well, first of all, where in the country will this be?

newt 11-23-2014 10:37 AM

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PA.... on our farm.

Jafo 11-23-2014 10:56 AM

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Well, the first issue will be of course, how are you going to heat this? It takes a lot of wood/oil/gas/coal to heat a yurt. While the heat is on, they are great, the minute the heat is off, they get cold. If you have access to to a lot of wood, this may not be an issue for you. For a 30 foot yurt, expect to burn all of 10 full cords, and probably more, depending on what part of PA you are in.

Obviously, the most cost effective way is to stay in your RV until the house is built, but if that is not an option, then a yurt (as small as possible) will not be a bad idea. A good quality yurt will last more than a life time, though you will have to change the roof every 20 years or so just like any other house.

newt 11-23-2014 11:07 AM

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Heat is not an issue. Plenty of wood on the farm. More than I think I could ever use. We struggle with spending 20,000 + on building a yurt and not having that $ for the house. I think a yurt would be way quicker than a house to construct. The house we plan to build would be a Timberframe using wood from the property. 1500 Sq ft or so. How do yurts do on the resale mrket or do we just keep it and make it guest living?

The yurt would have electric (public), composting toilet, and wood stove heat maybe with eletric base board back up for when we are away. Looking at a 5 yr living plan for the yurt.

Jafo 11-23-2014 11:13 AM

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They resell okay. You will take a loss, but not a huge one like you would with an RV. We sell a lot of them on the yurt classifieds on this site.

Bob Rowlands 11-23-2014 03:27 PM

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I hate to say it on this site, but without question I'd suggest building a small ranch house over an unfinished basement. You can do that while you are living in the RV. It would take you a year or so to build, depending on how experienced you are, and how many pro tradesmen you use. If it was built by pro tradesmen just a few months probably four if the house is quite small.

Keep the plan small and simple. The 3 bed 2 bath rancher is what most older American 'boomers' grew up in. They are superb homes.

Interest rates are still unbelievably low.

I love yurts don't get me wrong, but a small house is WAY better investment and WAY tougher than any yurt. BTW I've been a carpenter for 41 years and can speak with authority on this subject.

Jafo 11-23-2014 06:00 PM

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Bob, never feel like you can't say what you want here. :)

I think what newt was getting at, was not WHICH to live in, but would living in a a yurt WHILE they build their house and whether it is feasible. A lot of people have asked that question on here. I for one would rather live in a yurt for a couple years while building my house than an RV. :)

newt 11-23-2014 06:49 PM

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Thank you both. I will tally the survey to this point as 1 and 1. Both my wife and I are on the fence. We would build a 30 ft yurt with composting toilet, kitchen, loft, ect. That is a sizeable investment. We would probably skip permitting since it is not per meant which would allow for quicker occupancy. Could I get a yurt completed in a month? Deck ect.....I think. The house will take time. 3036 timberframe on a slab. Lumber From THE propety. Trees are still standing.

BTW...got the rv off Craigslist for a steal and plan to sell it when done. For the same price. We are not rv people as we have found out.

Jafo 11-23-2014 07:15 PM

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We built my yurt in way less than a month, and this was in the middle of the woods far from civilization... :)

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