love yurtsHi Guys,
I previously owned a 30' Pacific Yurt but had to sell it due to financial pressures. It was going to go up on my 50 acre rural property. I did not yet have the septic system dealt with that should be completed this january. Bought the property in sep 07.
I was bummed to say the least having to sell it, but I learned a lot about these in terms of how they are put together, how well insulated they are, how they hold up. I'll share that experience here with you all.
I paid about $10k for it and needed the money to pay bills and taxes. So off it was sold to someone who really needed it and was going through a divorce and owned a piece of land. I am glad it worked out for her. The yurt will work good with a wood stove, but feels like a tent.
Recently, I found a really nice older 24' yurt pacific for $2 grand. It did not have the insulation kit but will work well for camping and transition living on the property. It included the deck and is about 10 years old. Could not pass up at this price. I really want to panelize the interior with real insulation down the road.
I have been very fortunate as I have found the following:
A really nice 12x36' metal horse barn with two stalls. Going to frame this in and make it part of the living area outside of the yurt. Retail: $6k, bought for $2k in a liquidation.
5200 watts worth of used solar panels for off-grid use. Cost: $10k, retail about $25k. PG&E is 800' away, will hook up eventually but cost is about $15-20k. Going to mount solar panels to the roof of the barn and also extend the barn to be 36x24 or 36x36.
A 33' 1999 travel trailer with two bedrooms, propane fridge, 24' awning for $4k.
An original 1975 New in the box Meyers well pump above ground 1/2 HP jetted well pump that will do 4-5GPM at 90-100'. $30 craigslist. New is $350.
The yurt is the item completing the ability to truly get rid of the mortgage at some point and live on the land. We've camped in the trailer and we're sick of it after a day. Too narrow and I can't have a real size bed in the trailer; this means I am exhausted the following day, back is killing me, etc.
Water table is 60'.
I also have a spring that is supposed to be year round that is 1800' away.
Drilling a well: $8400 @ 200'. OUCH! An original windmill existed on the site where the spring is located.
So, just need the septic installed and I can live out there. It is going to be quite the challenge as we have 3 kids (6,4,2) ages. I definitely think that the yurt will be expanded to as we can afford it shortly. Eventually going to build a nice 2500 sq foot house on the property in a few years when things are better in the economy and financially. If nothing else, this will be a great experience not only for me but for my children, as they will learn to live with less gadgets and less television, but will have a nice playground that's already out there in the country. We will then have finances to continue to improve both our living situation and the property on a monthly basis versus burning that money in interest.
I hope more of you are willing to take this step. I am about there and I hope this is really worth it. Come this spring, a move from my primary residence will be possible. I seriously think a yurt is substantially better long term and financially than a single wide or double wide trailer. Just the permit costs for a manufactured home here are more than a new 30' yurt.