My family of 4 is looking to rent some property 4-5 acres while we buy a movable house. Originally we were looking at a 33 ft Yurt but have also ran into geo domes about the same price. Either way we would be heating with a rocket stove and live in northern iowa. We were just wondering if anyone has any experience in living in either of these structures and if one is better then the other. Right now we are still leaning toward a yurt.
I don't have experience living in either, but I would say if you opt for a yurt make sure to add in the snow load kits for it. I have an uncle in Spirit Lake area and that area of IA gets enough snow to warrant the snow load options.
Something to remember when pricing these out. They are just a shell. You still need to outfit the interior with all the necessities. Are you adding power, water, sanitation? How will you cook and what do you need to set that up. The costs rise fast when looking at all this.
An option you might consider is checking http://yurttrader.com/ which has used yurts, and often times with interior components included. I have also seen geo domes for sale there.
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We have a new yurt that we are looking at with insulation, weather proofing, windows and so on all ready to be assembled, it comes out to 11000 after getting it here and everything. Maybe they have a better priced one on there thou : thanks.We have most the stuff we need for the interior already. Most pasture land in the area we are looking at could have access to on the grid electricity. While water source would be part of finding the right property and a filtration system for drinking water. And we already have the composting toilet.
I like the way yurts look, plus they are moveable if you want to just get up and move.
I do however have experience in geodomes.
My parents had one. The best thing I like about them is they are very surviable during tornadoes ( I was in theirs when a tornado walked around it. No flat walls to hit.)
And in hurricanes, they survived intact too.
Hurricane Andrew took out so many homes. Yet one neighborhood survived it all. They were geodomes. They were all in one piece. The whole neighborhood there.
I think the roundness of it protects it more. There is nothing flat for a storm to hit. It goes around it.
I love the way domes are round and many of them have quite a lot of room in them. Especially if you have a upstair one. My parents had two bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs and one bedroom, living room, kitchen, bath and a area they could grow food.
Funny thing was when you talked to someone, it was a bit hard to guess where they were talking from.
Depends where you want to be living. And If that area had storms very much.
Both are pretty cool homes.
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