Yes, a yurt can be a permanent home if it satisfies the life you want to live. I know individuals and families who have shifted permanently to yurt life and are enjoying it.
Well to the point that no one can say living in a yurt is a flop idea. However, you need to take care of few things if you want to build a yurt for yourself that feels like home instead of being miserable.
First look at yourself and ask are you ok with standard yurt living like Mongolian do? or you can’t imagine your life without the comfort of home.
Whatever situation feeds you well you should go for that yurt. Don’t worry many yurt manufacturers in the US can set up a yurt like you wish it to be providing all levels of comfort.
If you have money where can comfort can hide.
But try to level down your comfort if you really want to experience the joy of living in a yurt.
Can I Build A Yurt On My Property?
Yes, in some jurisdictions you are free to build a yurt on your own land without notifying the officials whereas in some states you need to go through a completely legal process which includes paperwork, requesting permits, land ownership verification, etc.
However, no matter in which state of the US you’re living you can build a temporary yurt in your backyard without permits for studio, gym, and other purposes which should not have any rooms more than one.
In building temporary yurts in your property you need to maintain some distance between your main home and the yurt, also you need to be aware of the yurt’s length, width so that it doesn’t touch the other person’s property.
Government officials can come into your home to request removing yurt if it is very near to the road and causing transportation problems to other peoples.
That’s why it is always recommended that your permanent yurt should be at some distance away from all your fences and boundaries to avoid any potential problem.
In most cases, setting up a yurt in rural areas doesn’t require any permit as it is considered more like camping and temporary than permanent.
But to build a permanent yurt in rural areas either you should have your own farming land or your property that should be large enough for building yurt.
Also if you want things like electricity, plumbing, water supply, and anything that falls under the domain of government you need to go through all legal formalities.
And you may want to have a permanent address for your yurt which you can apply via paperwork according to the laws of your state.
The address issuing process becomes a little headache when you’re in any remote area where you might also need to face the problems like no electricity.
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What If I just want to live occasionally in a yurt
Yes, you can live occasionally in a yurt and it is completely fine. Like you can buy a portable yurt and can set it up in your big backyard or at your farm far away from all the noises.
If I am at your place whenever it is possible I would go too far from all noises, in a place where nature is in its full flow and untouched by human crime on nature.
If you just spend some days or weeks in such a place trust me it has great healing qualities.
To make a yurt portable and temporary which is good for a comfortable occasional living there is not need to build the yurt’s foundation because if you do so it is considered a permanent yurt.
Infact, you should treat it like camping with yurt. If you are treating like this then you’re completely free go and camp for few weeks anywhere in your yurt.
But, it does not mean that you can camp in the middle of the road (joking).
Still, you need to keep in mind that the place where I am camping is not anybody’s private property and if it’s you can give them some money to rent this place for your yurt, then you can enjoy you’re free off days covered in nature.
Are yurts considered permanent structures? (From Technical Point Of View)
If we compared to the concrete building made up of iron and bricks then yurts can never be considered as a permanent structure because no matter how well you put your yurt, you can still dismantle it to transport the yurt to some other place unless you build it with concrete which will take the feeling of the what originally yurt made to be.
However, yurts can sometimes be considered as permanent structures not comparing to cement-made homes instead comparing to other yurts.
When your yurt is set up on deck it does not mean that your yurt is permanent however if the deck has a foundation then the deck itself is referred to as a permanent.
If you want your yurt to come under that category where people and manufacturers say it permanent then you need to build a foundation of the yurt on deck so that it is more permanent than temporary.
Before building a yurt you should be 100 percent clear about near future transportation. If you’ve any plan to move to another location then it is better to build yurt on one platform to make the dismantling and seting up the yurt to another location a easier process.
How much does a permanent and semi-permanent yurt cost
On average if you hire professionals, It can cost between $12,000 to $45,000 depending upon whether you want a permanent or semi-permanent yurt.
The huge price gap is there because of the factors such as length, height, width, style of interior and exterior, location, and some other features.
The price includes labor charge, material cost, and base platform. Among these material price takes the big chucks of about $6,000 to $30,000 depending upon the type of material you are using.
On the other hand, if you make yurt by yourself then it will cost between $7,500 to $35,000. It does not include the price that you need in long term in case if you’re yurt have not enough space or not sturdy or the reinforcement you may have to do overtime.
That’s why hiring professionals may seem to be expensive but pays in the longer run.
So if you’re here to look for can a yurt be a permanent home? Then I think we’ve already answered this and in short yes, you can live in a yurt permanently but you need to make it in such a way that it is sturdy enough to stand in different weathers (eg. Do yurts get cold in winter? or Do yurts get hot in summer?) and also fulfill the life and comfort you want.
If you’re here from the table of contents then you can scroll up to find the answers to the all-important questions that are arising in your mind related to permanent yurts.
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