Aug 202010

In this first section on building a yurt, I’ll go over site selection considerations and give you some things to consider when you are deciding what kind of foundation you will want to put your yurt on.

Some of MY reasons for selecting the site and foundation I did may not apply to you in your situation, so I’ll tell you WHY I made the decisions I did.  You may choose differently…I don’t know EVERYTHING, ya know.

…I heard that snide comment from the back of the room. I know I USED to say,”If I didn’t know it, it wasn’t worth knowing”, but I haven’t said that in…well…er…let’s just say I haven’t said it in a long time.  OK?

Anyway, I chose my site based on two reasons:

First, I already owned the land, had a site cleared where my house was before it burned, and didn’t want to cut any more trees down to accommodate a different site.

The land gently sloped away from the planned front of the yurt, and there would be little to no grading or reshaping of the land needed, leaving the site as natural as possible.

A very VERY good thing, as I wanted to build a home that had as little impact on the land as possible.  OK OK…so a TINY little bit of “greenie” is showing…

Second, I wanted to put the yurt on a crawlspace foundation…a TALL crawlspace…and this site was perfect.  Putting my finished floor about 18 inches above ground level at the closest point to the ground gave me almost eight feet of crawlspace height at the farthest point, 30 feet away.

I wanted the tall crawlspace to help with one of the few shortcomings of yurt living…space…or, more accurately, the lack of space.

I got the largest yurt made by Pacific Yurts, a 30 frt. diameter model, with 706 square feet of heated space…not a lot, even for a single guy.

It takes a LOT of space to hold a month’s worth of dirty dishes and dirty laundry…

I wanted all 700 feet of space to be LIVING space, not some of it taken up with hot water tanks, HVAC stuff, and other things that fall under the general heading of house systems. When making the foundation decisions I didn’t even know exactly what type heating, cooling, and hot water systems I was going to have, but I knew I didn’t want ANY of it within the yurt itself.

So…a crawlspace it was…

…and now I’ve got room for all that dirty laundry.

I WILL wash it…


Every month or two…I promise!

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  1. Hello,
    I was wanting to do the straw bale then realized that getting the bales “up” were too much for me so… then was seriously considering the earthbag method and I love it…would prefer this over the yurt but…need to be able to lift a lot of weight so… now, it is the yurt. I have done much wood working, have a table saw and can borrow a drill press for the holes in the lattice work. whew! NOTHING in this method seems heavy so… now the worst part, I think (won’t really know until I start), is the foundation. But I think I can handle this! And I love the yurt… the cost, putting one up will be better than having to handle heavy bags of earth and straw bales. May end up putting straw bales around the yurt during the winter.. Oh yes, probably not needed in northern Georgia so much but can still get uncomfortable in the yurt during the summer? Yes, my land is up on the mountain. I can hardly wait… and…the land is sloped the yurt some on level site and some out over the slope and have terraced gardens. And of course, let me not forget the outside shower. a garden, oh yeah…thanks for listening


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