Anyhow, living in a yurt w/ 5 kids could be crazy but it could also be a great adventure. What size yurt BTW? If you put in some nice bunk-beds for the whole family and have a nice place to be outdoors it could be easier than you think.
9,000 in savings is great from my point of view. If you could tell more about your lifestyle and where you are it may be easier to give advice about if that amount of money would be good enough.
Do you have to buy your yurt with your savings? Do you have to buy all your materials, land, labor with that money?
If so, I'd think it is a bit too little unless you're getting loans or buying really cheap land and building it all yourself. There are people who build their own houses for very little money. I think it takes a lot of time, patience, perserverance, and creativity to build super cheap like that though. We're building really cheaply because Dh has so many tools and equipment that we need.
Tell us more and we'll offer what we know.
Congrats on the discovery channel thing.
We are living in a tiny apartment right now. Going to school in Idaho. We were considering moving to Arizona, but found some perfect land in Montana that is calling us.
Once we get there I am planning on doing composting toilets, solar, propane,etc for power. We own zero tools, ecept a few srew drivers... I would love to get a wood cookstove for cooking. maybe for heating water or a solar water heater maybe. We d have to buy everything with our money. I am a professional artist and was thinking about selling pottery on eBaby to help offset the costs. I don't know I have heard that is is possible to have a bale raising party and people will come help you build for free to get the experience.
I am just scared of this whole thing, scared of failing, scared of bears eating my kids. I don't know whats wrong with me, Iwanted this for so long and now that it so close I am freaking scared out of my mind. I am scared about not having power and water and the garbage man to collect my trash, LOL.
I wish I could do something like that-- I've watched those shows with the hubby and he constantly says that I was born in the wrong time period. How in the world did you get so lucky, as to have them contact you to do the show?
You can't see it, but I'm pouting and stamping my foot-- but I would probably be in the same boat; not enough money in the beginning to get it going.
Good luck, I'll be watching for the show
Montana is gorgeous (I am a fellow Idahoan- 3 hrs from you) but you can get more/better land elsewhere for a fraction of the cost. So if you arent set on MT then I would definatly look elsewhere.
I just got a wood cook stove off of freecycle- I am just waiting to go pick it up. Once I get it and it is decent you can have it if you want. It was just going to sit in our shed until we could find the place for it. Let me know.
For tools check all the pawn shops. You can get killer deals there. If you have to make a weekend trip to boise or SLC and check out the many they have available.
Good luck with this awesome opprotunity. I am totally envious.
Just the site work to access the property and get ready to set the foundation was astronomical. The well and septic weren't no piece of cake either.
What you have going on sounds great. I would really examine the amount of time you can devote (with 3 kids and 1 on the way, we have not done as much ourselves as we thought we would) to the project, and the financial feasibility of the total project - lumber isn't gonna start getting cheaper anytime soon. Freecycle is a great idea for stuff you can find there - but then the cost of transport comes into play. I would also check out strawbale sites galore - get on the forums and find out how many folks near you would be willing to do a raising. I hope you get it all worked out as it sounds like a wonderful life to lead And I'd love to watch your process!
The basic jist was:
1) Is your land purchase going to use up your cash, given that lenders usually require a higher down payment for land?
2) Everything takes longer than you think and costs more than you think, but if you really knew that you would never start, and you're always glad you started. BUT for this project you might want to have a plan B and a plan C, especially since they're filming.
3) Why not make the documentary about making the yurt off-grid? I highly suspect that alone will take a while. Maybe if it goes well, they will come back to film "phase 2", the straw-bale house.
This sounds so fun and great and worth it. Have fun and good luck!
Mama to two sweet boys, a 7yo and a toddler .
The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift. - Albert Einstein
You can do it! It surely won't be easy but how exciting and we only have one go around
Tonya - Simple Living Mom of 5
Jill, mama to three fiery girlies and a sweet baby boy: Grace, 11.30.2005, Ayla, 3.22.2008, Norah 9.5.09, Reed 8.19.11 & dfs Gage 2.29.12 x4
Good luck and keep us updated!
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