Buying a yurt is easy, you just pick up the phone, give us a call, and after a few minutes of going down the list of options we are all done. A few weeks later your yurt will arrive to the exact address you gave us, anywhere in the world...but then what?
Building a yurt can be a ton of fun and turn into a huge point of pride for years to come, but it can come with some uncertainties, thankfully we understand them very well.
You will be asking yourself a lot of questions. Do I have the skills to build it myself? Where do I start? Do I need to hire help? Where do I find help? What about electricity and plumbing?
I want you take a deep breath. It’s ok if you are uncertain, but the important thing to remember is that a lot of people just like you have at one point had these exact same questions but today they are living in their own yurt.
Building A Yurt On Your Own
You can absolutely build a yurt on your own, and best yet, depending on which yurt you go with it may take you as little as a day or two.
However, there are a lot of things we need to cover if you plan on building the yurt yourself. If you have a good amount of construction experience then this is certainly something you can do on your own even if you want to get more complex, after all our yurt kits come with everything needed to put up the yurts and make them into a livable space.
If you do not have a good amount of construction experience though you may want to consider a few things. Although our yurts come with everything needed to turn them into a livable space, constructing the foundation on which to build the yurt is up to you. The reason we leave that for you to do is because every foundation is unique, and should be constructed with your exact location in mind.
In order to completely finish your yurt you will also need to set up your yurt with electricity and plumbing. You can learn more about how to do both of those from our Complete Guide To Yurt Plumbing and our in depth post on How To Set Up Electricity For Your Yurt. In the end you can do all of this yourself but you will need to do some research and expect a slower build process, but what is that compared to being able to pridefully say that you built your yurt home with your own two hands?
Build Your Yurt Home With Help From Friends
Many yurt owners have erected their yurts with the help from friends and family. This is a wonderful compromise between building a yurt all on your own, and actually hiring someone to do it.
If we spend some time thinking we can probably all come up with a few friends or neighbors we know that either work in construction or have a good deal of construction experience, I’m thinking about you “guy two doors down who built a kid’s treehouse that looks better than most actual houses”.
Seeking help from friends and family for your yurt is a wonderful way to bring some free expertise and extra hands when building your yurt. This can ensure that your yurt is built properly and in much less time. Doing this together can also be an awesome bonding experience and bring people closer. At the end of the day don’t forget that these people are coming out to help you out of the goodness of their hearts. Don’t forget to buy a couple of sixers, and order a few pizzas, I promise that people’s empty stomachs will thank you!
Hire A Professional
The last option is to hire a professional, and although at first it may not be everyone’s favorite, it has some huge benefits we think you need to consider.
It’s a professional contractor’s job to build strong, long lasting homes for families, so they are a wonderful person to at least help you erect your yurt home and do so with confidence. Contractors will also be able to bring in expertise to your build like local construction laws that you may not even have considered before and other key things like what your yurt home needs to be able to handle in terms of wind speed and snow load. These are all things that neither you nor your friends and family should be expected to know.
A contractor is also our go to suggestion if you want to build a second floor in your yurt. Building a second floor is many yurt owners favorite addition but since the walls of a yurt are not designed to handle the additional weight and stress of multiple floors, the floors need to be self supported through the installation of additional support beams or walls. While there are people who choose to do this themselves and spend a ton of time researching and learning how to do it, it may be best to hire a contractor to do that to make sure it is safe. And if you will be hiring a contractor to come out to your site for that, then you might as well hire him to build the entire thing anyways.
So where can you find a contractor to build your yurt? Well just about any licensed contractor has the skills and knowledge to build a yurt. A simple Google search should provide you with plenty of options for local contractors that can do the job. However, we want you to know that we are here for you through the entire process. If you need help finding a contractor feel free to give us a call and we will find the right contractor for the job.
At the end of the day with some research most people have the ability to build their own dream yurt. Constructing a yurt yourself with the help of friends is a wonderful way to come together and enjoy each other’s company, if it so happens that a yurt gets built during that then so be it. No matter what option you choose make sure you enjoy it, it’s not every day that you get to build a yurt.
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