That does sound really interesting. I recently moved into a yurt while my husband and I build an earth house. Though, I don't think we are going to keep it under $100K sadly. We don't even have all the funds for it now, just enough to start. The biggest cost for us is the consenting as we share land with my very large family. If this wasn't the case we were going to move to the Far North where I have maori family and land to share there. We hope we can made do with the yurt for a good 10 years or so, having to work, raise a family and build all at once will be a juggle for sure.
In the meantime, the yurt cost $30K including platform and a few days help constructing it with the yurt builder who is local. It is 35m2 plus a deck, warm and dry. We're very happy here. It is not consented as for us it will be temporary, just while we build. But the yurt builder is working on getting the design consented with a couple in Nelson who are getting full council involvement. I'm curious how much more expensive this will be but we'll see. I can assure you the yurt is better quality that many houses I've lived in!
I'm curious, how did you get my details? If any of the above is of interest let me know.
Housing in NZ is tragic. I'm lucky several of us live here with my parents (who have no money! they gave every cent of an inherited house for the land to be mortgage free so now we have to figure out how to be 'legitimate'), but we have to build our place ourselves and I worry council won't like it taking 10+ years! It's sad the institute I'm most afraid of is council.
I've attached some photos, they were taken just after we moved in so I can take some more. Gives you a good sense of things though. It's a great space. Like I said, local builder. Most of what you see was serendipitously acquired; boards on central dividing wall/wardrobe are old fencing palingsa friend found on the side of the road, chairs from side of the road, table from opshop, draws (now with mirror attached) from side of the road. We visit the tip shop often. I tell you, it's good to have a van! And keen eyes.
I'm wondering, once you're up and going, if we should write an article about what your doing for the EBANZ magazine. Such an important issue, I'm sure we could give it a slight natural building spin to satisfy the EBANZ objective. Let me know.