We did it!
Thanks to the guys at CampingYurts.com my family and I are officially nomadic in our yurt.
Ours is a 20' yurt, with a fire/heat-proof roof hole that will allow for a woodburning stove or a RMH chimney. It's got two windows and two doors (usually a traditional yurt have one door, but for this size Richard with CampingYurts does one on each side and just two wall latices segments). The walls are canvas, which I wanted to go with over vinyl because they breath and let in light. We did get a roof vinyl tarp for the winter months, as well as a roof dome. We plan on making our own doors sooner or later, right now they're just canvas zippers, and I'll also be sewing mosquito net doors and edging that goes up about 1.5-2' around the bottom of the walls. That's because Richard advised us that when it's hot we can raise the walls at the bottom to allow a draft that will carry up through the round in the roof. This creates a really pleasant draft on those hot days, the only problem being bugs! I have noticed that bus are way more inclined to fly out the roof than they normally would be to find their way out a door or window in a traditional home though.
For everything we bought through CampingYurts the total came to about $6000. Because they're based out of Oregon and we could meet up with them it saved us the cost of shipping. The cool thing about these guys is they offer all the parts of the yurt separately or as a package, so if you just didn't want to mess around with making the round itself, or you wanted the latices but you were down to do your own knotting, etc, they can work with any of that. The best part is that you have the support of Richard whenever you need it, which is really great for us especially since we'll be nomadic for a while and have to be setting it up and breaking it down quite a few times.
If we had done all the work ourselves and just payed for the raw materials it would have cost us about half of what we paid. The reasons we didn't for us largely had to do with time, we needed it faster than we could have acquired and assembled materials ourselves -- and the two big things that would have taken a lot of time/work/cost to figure out would have been the round and sewing the canvas. I've seen one couple on YouTube that did their own yurt all themselves and they managed to find an old sewing machine that could handle the thickness of the canvas -- the great piece of advice they gave was to always go with polyester core, cotton coated thread. They said this allowed for the strength of the polyester while the cotton would swell up with any moisture and as a result they hadn't had any leakage at their seams.
We're currently living in the yurt at places we find through Airbnb and camping sites while we search for a property we can afford and is suitable for farming where we can begin our own permaculture farm. Good luck to
anyone with similar aspirations! I highly suggest going with the yurt, they're cozy, functional, and beautiful!
Wish us luck!