OK, I want one of these, how does it work?
The purchase of a Smiling Woods Yurt involves three main steps:
- Production Deposit
- Design and Engineering
- Purchase Agreement
The first step to buying a yurt is placing the Production Deposit. When you are sure about your intent to purchase a kit, we will establish a time frame for production and connect you with the appropriate design resources to meet your needs for plans.
We regularly book our production calendar six or more months in advance. When you place a $6000 deposit this will secure your preferred production date and make sure you receive your home components in time to meet your planned building schedule. You can then apply this deposit towards design/engineering and/or your yurt order. Your deposit is refundable if you cancel your order within 30 days, minus any incurred charges.
Design and Engineering
To detail your order for your yurt package, we start either with an existing floor plan and adapt it to suit your vision or work with your designer to create a fully custom home.
The design and engineering fees are additional to the yurt purchase price and can typically be covered by your production deposit, or paid directly to the designer and engineer.
Once you place your deposit and connect with a designer, we begin working with you to define the basic layout and qualities of your home. The designer will provide a checklist to help you conceptualize the various aspects of your overall house design, then use this information to begin creating your house design. Utilizing 3D drafting software, we are able to provide accurate construction drawings and realistic renderings of your project throughout the process to assist you with decision-making, keeping you involved and informed during the process. Once the design is completed a full set of construction drawings will be created and be ready for the structural engineering phase. At this point, we will be able to provide you with a refined estimate for the project. The fees for design are additional to the yurt package and payable directly to the designer.
Most jurisdictions require a complete engineering study of your plans in order to obtain a building permit, to ensure that your home is designed safely and built specifically for the demands of its location (i.e. snow/wind loading and seismic activity). These plans include the design elements specific to your project - foundation, floor system, walls, roof, loft, decks, porches, additions, and interior walls. Smiling Woods Yurts works with a highly qualified engineering team that is very familiar with our structures.
We navigate the engineering work for you, getting your completed construction drawings from the designer to the engineers for the structural analysis, through review, and on their way to you. We encourage you to utilize our engineer, as they have worked out many of the templates and loads specific to Smiling Woods Yurts structures.
In instances when buying a yurt and a complete engineering study is not needed to acquire a permit, Smiling Woods Yurts orders the needed engineering for each wall and roof system we build to ensure they are built to handle the loads present at your site. This basic engineering is solely for the components we build for you and do not include the foundation/floor system. This minimal engineering only qualifies that the components Smiling Woods Yurts builds meet the specifications given to us by the purchaser and is not adequate for permitting when a complete set of plans and study is required.
These homes are designed as permanent structures, and generally need to be permitted to ensure that your home meets all applicable codes of your local building department. They will most likely supply a checklist of required documentation for you to submit with your permit application. This documentation will verify that the house complies with applicable structural, safety, and energy regulations. Most building permit departments require house construction plans to be stamped by a licensed engineer, as discussed above, and may involve the submission of additional items like a water availability form, energy calculations, window and door schedule, site plan, etc. Our designer offers additional permit documentation services depending upon their availability. The building permit review process can take anywhere from 2 weeks to 3 months, depending on the scope of the project and the workload of the building department. Permit fees are often required to be paid prior to issuance of the construction permit.
Buying a yurt requires some definite preparation. We recommend you get a licensed building contractor on board early in the process, either once the design drawings are completed, or even earlier to help with rough project cost estimates, building timing and logistics. The full engineered plans will generally be needed for the most accurate project bids. If you plan ahead, you can use the permit review period to line things up so that you are ready to break ground as soon as the permit is issued.
To begin, we will draft a Purchase Agreement to clearly define the exact kit we build for you. With your acceptance of the Purchase Agreement and placement of the $6000 Production Deposit, your order is confirmed and in our production schedule with established Production Start and Shipping Dates.
If necessary with the completion of design work, any changes or additions can be made with a Change Work Order. What changes can be made and when are defined in the Terms and Conditions of the Purchase Agreement.
90 days prior to your selected production start date a 50% deposit is made to Smiling Woods Yurts. This allows us adequate time to commit the necessary resources toward production of your order.
30 days prior to the production start date the remaining 50% is paid in full to Smiling Woods Yurts.
If needed, short term storage is generally available for an additional fee.
On the Shipping Date we will load your order on the truck for delivery to your site.
Please note that shipping charges are not included in the purchase price of the yurt.
Transporting your home package from our production facility to your building site, unloading, and storage at the building site are your responsibility. Upon request, we will assist you in finding a carrier, provide you with quotes and help arrange shipping logistics; however, payment for transportation, insurance of the package while in transit, unloading and storage is your responsibility. With the appropriate equipment, pick-up is available as well.
Once you have received your order, the assembly of the Smiling Woods Yurts components of your home at your building site is the responsibility of you or your contractor. We suggest that you engage the services of a General contractor who will be responsible for preparing your site, coordinating your home set-up, hiring sub-contractors and finishing the interior of your home. We recommend you get a licensed building contractor on board early in the process, either once the design drawings are completed, or even earlier to help with rough project cost estimates. The full engineered plans will generally be needed for the most accurate project bids. If you plan ahead, you can use the permit review period to line things up so that you are ready to break ground as soon as the permit is issued. Owner/builders may act as their own General contractor’s in most jurisdictions.
Included with your Smiling woods Yurt is a detailed “Set-up Manual”, detailing the best method for assembling your home.
We hope you enjoy the process of buying a yurt from us and would love to hear any feedback to better the experience for future customer