My yurt-dweling friends do it just for a few weeks at a time. The roof assemblies are really easy to make (bicycle rims are a popular center at Burning Man I believe). The walls take a lot of drilling and many stainless steel bolt sets. I think a permanent build on those would not be so bad.
One builder I spoke with (http://www.yurts-r-us.com/?) said that over 30 feet you need a crane to install the roof. I saw his big traveling yurt, a 30 footer I believe and it was super! If the web site pricing is still current, the 30 footer fully loaded is less than $10K. What a deal!
Just wanted to add that building a soild wall yurt yourself is cheaper than buy one from Pacific. Thats what really made us decide to build. Good luck
is everyone off grid here? :
ETA- I see your blog link AddysMom (awesome!!!!)
And how do you keep the mice, bugs, and other critters out?
Realizing that less is not more, because you don't want more. You have too much already. Less is best!
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Great info you all. Ya know, I want to put a Yurt on a nice piece of property in the Sierra Foothills East of San Francisco, and I love Pacific Yurts, but I really need advice about contractors for the base, deck, etc. Should I raise it up on stilts to obviate bear issues? Are there bear issues with Yurts? I know Pacific Yurts and everyone else says how easy these things are to put together, but I'm just not really confident this is true, especially if a foundation needs to be in place. Pacific Yurts did not offer me any sort of network of contractors that have experience with Yurts. They were super nice, just wish they have some more turn key solutions. I definitely want to be part of putting it together, but would happily pay someone with experience to take the lead. Any ideas?