We are needing to build a “guest house” or a place for people to come and stay temporarily. We can hook up to the electric and water of our own house. We can’t add it to our lagoon tho (it’s already to small and to far away) so we will have to use a composting toilet and some sort of grey water system. Comparatively, would a yurt or tiny home be more costly? Assuming they would be about the same size. The tiny home would probably be on wheels(so we can sell it if we need/want to) and the yurt would obviously be on a deck.
And other pros/cons to each?
Also, those who will stay in this yurt/tinyhome May not be super homestead-ish/crunchy. In that case would one be a better fit? I feel like a yurt would be more open and roomy. But maybe too much like a tent. Where a tiny home would look more modern but could be unpleasantly small feeling?
The canvas of a yurt can get rodent damage very quickly, especially when not occupied. Mold too depending on your climate.
Tiny houses can be made more rodent proof, but it costs money to get all those details right. Their mold issues can be slightly better, but again it depends on the details and materials.
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10 seconds of googling prices is sufficient to show that the tinyhome, built by someone else, is going to be much more expensive.
If you built one from scratch with unpaid labour, I think a 24' tinyhouse could be done for vaguely comparable cost vs a good, full featured 24' yurt bought in kit form..
In the absence of glaring flaws, the tinyhouse is a longer lived structure with much better insulation, that can be somewhat easily moved.
Flip side, the yurt is bigger, and would go up quicker..
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I don't know how much yurts cost but I built a traditional shed 16x24 partly with reclaimed lumber and got a great deal on real rafters and new roofing tin, no particle board but used all real plywood and I added up what actual cost would be if all lumber bought at big box lumber place and it came out to 75 dollars a square foot including the 600 paid for labor, just saying. that does not include any electrical or plumbing, which can be scrounged if your resourceful and near construction activity or other good resourcing places.
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