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D'arcYurt 02-23-2017 10:16 PM

D'arcYurt's Build Thread
 
Hi everyone, my name is Jacob. This is my first post but I have been lurking in the shadows around here for a bit. I was introduced to yurts and yurt living by a dear friend and am now on my way to having my own.

Location: Michigan
Yurt: 20' Super Ger by Groovy Yurts (on order - estimated April arrival)
Occupancy: Full-time year-round

I purchased 10 acres of land out in the country last fall that has a creek running through it and mostly maple wooded with a section that is marshy/lowlands.

Currently I am working on building the platform. It will be an octagon frame with the OSB subfloor/tongue and groove flooring made into a circle followed by skirting around the exterior.

http://www.yurtforum.com/forums/memb...icture1272.jpg

The center box will provide extra support in the center for the yurt poles. I am undecided whether I want to pour concrete in the middle for the wood stove to sit on... thoughts? The other option would be to turn it into an in-floor storage compartment?

http://www.yurtforum.com/forums/memb...icture1273.jpg


Due to the unseasonably warm weather, I was able to get all posts cemented in the ground today. Next step will be to adjust everything to be level. The 4x4s are all treated lumber, the floor joists are not.

My plans:
Water source: Pitcher pump
Power source: Solar (I will go into further detail when I get there but it will be based off Jafo's setup just beefier to support full-time living)
Bathroom: 500gal septic tank/standard toilet
Heat: Wood

*I am placing this in the build forum because I intend to update it with progress on all the ancillary parts of the yurt (platform, utilities, etc) if there is a better place for this thread, mods please move it!

njtool 03-16-2017 05:44 PM

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Jacob,
I am planning on building a yurt and my first hurdle is the platform. I am looking forward to your next update to see your design.

D'arcYurt 03-16-2017 07:22 PM

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Here is the completed frame.

I used 2x4 joists and 4x4 posts. I used regular joist hangers where there were 90* angles and for the 45* angles I took L-brackets and hammered them into a ~135* angle. The joists are places 12" on center from each other. Standard decking would call for 16" on center, but that is with 2x6 joists or bigger.

The posts allowed me to build without leveling the ground. I leveled the center square, then leveled the outside "straight" face board. Lastly, I leveled each "angled" face board.

njtool, what size yurt are you planning on building? If I had to do mine again, I would place the 4x4 posts at the corner connections rather than the centers of the face boards.

njtool 03-16-2017 08:15 PM

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Thanks for the update.
I'm planning on building a 16' yurt first. If everything works out, then next year I want to build a 20' and keep the 16' for my daughter, or something.
Why didn't you use 2x6 joists? My land is pretty flat but Im worried about critters making nests under it. I've been thinking that elevating it would prevent that, but then it would mean I need more insulation.

Bob Rowlands 03-16-2017 09:24 PM

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I see 12 concrete pads in your future. lol I suggest a pad at each of the corners, and the four corners in the middle. You definitely don't need a massive pad under the stove. Sister the joists and frame it in.

Thanks for posting up the build. Good luck.

D'arcYurt 03-27-2017 09:16 PM

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The subfloor is on. I did a simple rough-cut of the circle for now. I will trim it more closely once the yurt is here so I can get more precise.

http://www.yurtforum.com/forums/memb...icture1275.jpg


I also decided to go forward with the in-floor storage compartment idea. It will be my mini wine cellar. 48"x48"x40"

http://www.yurtforum.com/forums/memb...icture1276.jpg

I lined the walls with 5/4" PVC boards I had left from a jobsite. You can see them in place in the first photo. My plan is to do the same with the floor once the yurt is in place, then glue-melt the seams, then caulk for extra guarantee.

Bob, I had several concrete peer blocks sitting around from a bridge project, so I placed them under the platform for extra support per your suggestion.

hierony 03-27-2017 09:50 PM

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Nice platform! Any insulation in there?

Seeing that hole in the ground in the middle of your yurt makes me wonder how your area is for rain & snow melt drainage--in my area it would fill up with water during the spring... But that's clay-type soils for you...

Jafo 03-28-2017 07:59 AM

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What is going in the center?

D'arcYurt 03-28-2017 10:15 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Jafo (Post 7689)
What is going in the center?

An in-floor storage compartment... IE a super secret trap door :p


The goal is to have it as a storage area for canned goods, wine... a food pantry.

Bob Rowlands 03-29-2017 10:08 AM

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My 8 and 10 yo grandsons and the neighbors grandkids dug a hole about three feet deep and four feet wide in front of the door to my yurt. Too bad they weren't there for yuh.

Platforms looking good. Have fun.

Daniel Pittman 03-30-2017 10:08 AM

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I'm planning a Yurt with no outside doors, pitched on a high deck with the entry from below. Maybe use a few shipping containers as the foundation.

2 dogs and a Yurt 04-03-2017 11:12 PM

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Hi D'arcYurt,
What part of MI are you building in? We are looking at building up in the U.P. but are leery of the building codes. Did you have trouble with permitting?
The local building department won't give us any answers and we are thinking of just going ahead and putting up a yurt without a permit but we don't want to run into issues with the county... Any input?

D'arcYurt 04-18-2017 07:39 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by 2 dogs and a Yurt (Post 7702)
Hi D'arcYurt,
What part of MI are you building in? We are looking at building up in the U.P. but are leery of the building codes. Did you have trouble with permitting?
The local building department won't give us any answers and we are thinking of just going ahead and putting up a yurt without a permit but we don't want to run into issues with the county... Any input?

I am in Sand Lake, about 30 minutes north of Grand Rapids.

I tried doing some prying into codes/regulations but noone could give me solid answers and without officially saying it, gave the impression of "just go for it". So that is what I am doing. I have 10 acres and the yurt is at the back of my property not visible from the road (which is a quiet country road anyways) so most passers don't even know it's there. Plus, so far my nearest neighbors seem perfectly okay with it :cool:



UPDATE:

My father and I put in the pitcher pump over the weekend. It just so happens to match the red of the yurt poles!



https://scontent-ort2-1.xx.fbcdn.net...74&oe=5990CA13



After ~200 gallons pumped, it still has a greenish hue to it, so I may drive it down further and see if I can tap some better water. It is currently driven down to 18'

hierony 04-18-2017 11:25 PM

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Neat! How have you been drilling your well?

In the county I currently inhabit, they do aerial surveys for property tax/rogue building purposes. There was apparently some rather clever fellow that rolled out an excellent 2D rendition of a swimming pool when they were flying over. The county then tried to get more taxes out of him for improvements to his property but were flabbergasted when they didn't find an actual pool on the ground... Hopefully your county doesn't pull some trick like that!

D'arcYurt 06-04-2017 05:47 PM

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I drove the well by hand down to 25'

Time for an update! Sorry updates will be slower now that I am in the yurt and have no internet yet.

First weekend in May, we drove up to Groovy Yurts Farm in upper Ontario and picked up the yurt! Had some great looks from the customs officers at the border haha!

https://www.yurtforum.com/forums/mem...icture1318.jpg

We began setting up the yurt around 6PM, which ended up taking us longer than expected and past dark! So we finished it up in the morning.

https://www.yurtforum.com/forums/mem...icture1317.jpg

https://www.yurtforum.com/forums/mem...icture1316.jpg

So the yurt is now up! It still needs a lot of adjustments including the platform needs to be cut down to the proper size, but it is up!

The first project has been adding mosquito netting (sorry for the sideways picture) :

https://www.yurtforum.com/forums/mem...icture1319.jpg


ALSO the third night staying in the yurt, I hear a popping sound at night so I go outside to investigate. About 15 seconds later, an oak about 30" in diameter snaps in HALF! Not uprooted, it straight up broke in half! It came approximately 3 FEET from pancaking the yurt!

https://www.yurtforum.com/forums/mem...icture1314.jpg

Jafo 06-04-2017 07:56 PM

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Wow, that oak could have wrecked your weekend lol.

Bob Rowlands 06-05-2017 12:41 AM

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lol a groovy pancake

Bob Rowlands 06-05-2017 11:06 AM

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Back in about 1980 or so my wife and I went on a hike in Yosemite national park, to an overlook in the high country. Peaceful blue skied summer day, and of course absolutely spectacular high sierra scenery. A hundred yards or so from the overlook we passed under a huge tree, maybe three feet in diameter, that was leaning over the trail. I remember thinking that sucker was gonna drop soon. Sure enough while hanging out, enjoying the view, having a snack, that tree toppled over the trail with a huge crash. *BOOM!!* Incredible!

Another time we were in Yellowstone park and hiked a couple miles in to a backcountry lake. Again, it was a beautiful day at the outset of the hike. We had reached the lake and were having lunch when the weather very abruptly changed from beautiful to nasty wind and rain storm in maybe fifteen minutes, and rapidly intensified. The wind was like hurricane force as we beat feet back down the trail hauling @$$ to the car. We were leaning into it and buffeted about. Really weird. Lodgepole pines were crashing down in the forest all around us to where we were actually concerned about getting hit. Sounds funny but it wasn't funny at the time.

Also, had a large whirlwind which is a mini tornado, come roaring up on our house. The noise rapidly intensified in a few seconds I thought a jet was about to crash. We live right next to the AF Academy airfield. I jumped up as the roar went straight over the roof of our house. Never heard anything like this, ever. Not knowing what it was, I ran to the dining room window and saw the funnel had just jumped off the roof and was spinning like a 100 foot tall top wobbling to the east in our backyard, DIRECTLY towards my yurt. It hit it. The yurt jumped up a foot, the cover instantaneously expanded like an atomic bomb went off in side, and then did the reverse sucked tight to the frame. All in an instant. This was before I built the deck the yurt sits on. Wall lath were broken, yurt cover OK. Good thing I had the yurt anchored to concrete piers in the ground otherwise it would have been the second yurt destroyed by Ma nature.

Lastly, last year our house was hit by lightning. *BOOOOOM!!!!* The bolt hit the roof, eleven feet above my wifes head. She was soaking in the bathtub at the time. Absolutely amazing.

Also, got caught in an electrical storm climbing 14ers with a couple friends here in CO. Within a few hundred yards of the summit our aluminum pack frame was singing, rocks were singing, all body hair standing straight up, blue crackling glow everywhere. Lightning bolts hitting within a hundred yards, no lag time for crack boom it was instantaneous I could see the strikes. I just curled up in a ball and prayed I'd see my family again. That was singularly the most terrifying experience of my entire life. Emptying a cylinder full of .44 mag slugs over a Grizzlies head in Alaska backcountry came in second. lol

trihartsfield 06-13-2017 04:11 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Bob Rowlands (Post 7912)
Back in about 1980 or so my wife and I went on a hike in Yosemite national park, to an overlook in the high country. Peaceful blue skied summer day, and of course absolutely spectacular high sierra scenery. A hundred yards or so from the overlook we passed under a huge tree, maybe three feet in diameter, that was leaning over the trail. I remember thinking that sucker was gonna drop soon. Sure enough while hanging out, enjoying the view, having a snack, that tree toppled over the trail with a huge crash. *BOOM!!* Incredible!

Another time we were in Yellowstone park and hiked a couple miles in to a backcountry lake. Again, it was a beautiful day at the outset of the hike. We had reached the lake and were having lunch when the weather very abruptly changed from beautiful to nasty wind and rain storm in maybe fifteen minutes, and rapidly intensified. The wind was like hurricane force as we beat feet back down the trail hauling @$$ to the car. We were leaning into it and buffeted about. Really weird. Lodgepole pines were crashing down in the forest all around us to where we were actually concerned about getting hit. Sounds funny but it wasn't funny at the time.

Also, had a large whirlwind which is a mini tornado, come roaring up on our house. The noise rapidly intensified in a few seconds I thought a jet was about to crash. We live right next to the AF Academy airfield. I jumped up as the roar went straight over the roof of our house. Never heard anything like this, ever. Not knowing what it was, I ran to the dining room window and saw the funnel had just jumped off the roof and was spinning like a 100 foot tall top wobbling to the east in our backyard, DIRECTLY towards my yurt. It hit it. The yurt jumped up a foot, the cover instantaneously expanded like an atomic bomb went off in side, and then did the reverse sucked tight to the frame. All in an instant. This was before I built the deck the yurt sits on. Wall lath were broken, yurt cover OK. Good thing I had the yurt anchored to concrete piers in the ground otherwise it would have been the second yurt destroyed by Ma nature.

Lastly, last year our house was hit by lightning. *BOOOOOM!!!!* The bolt hit the roof, eleven feet above my wifes head. She was soaking in the bathtub at the time. Absolutely amazing.

Also, got caught in an electrical storm climbing 14ers with a couple friends here in CO. Within a few hundred yards of the summit our aluminum pack frame was singing, rocks were singing, all body hair standing straight up, blue crackling glow everywhere. Lightning bolts hitting within a hundred yards, no lag time for crack boom it was instantaneous I could see the strikes. I just curled up in a ball and prayed I'd see my family again. That was singularly the most terrifying experience of my entire life. Emptying a cylinder full of .44 mag slugs over a Grizzlies head in Alaska backcountry came in second. lol

Not sure I would want to hike with you!


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