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Old 06-13-2017, 04:10 PM   #1
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Wanted to share for general interest. We raised our Two Girls Farm yurt in the spring of 2015 on a strawbale foundation which was inspired by (and got input from)

Groovy Yurts

. The foundation felt super stable and the

insulation

was amazing. This spring (so, 2 years later) we moved the yurt to its new location on its spiffy new, raised platform. I was really excited to see how the strawbales looked under the floor. Here are a couple photos of what we found. They look as good as new! To me, this is an exciting discovery for our NH yurt community-- a cheap, eco-friendly foundation that could stand up to years of our weather means someone can get their yurt and then save up for the equally big cost of a platform for a couple years.

view of uncovered foundation

straw condition up close

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Old 06-14-2017, 09:35 PM   #2
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Awesome! When I took apart my first strawbale platform, it didn't look that great--but then the wood & straw was exposed to a couple months spring weather... Good to know there probably isn't anything growing in my current straw foundation

Also curious, it almost looks like there's a 6" deep drainage channel just outside where the straw meets the ground. Was there a drainage ditch?
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Old 06-15-2017, 05:26 AM   #3
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That's scuppered my plans for a wooden platform, by virtue of being a far more practical idea. Thanks
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Old 06-15-2017, 04:11 PM   #4
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Also curious, it almost looks like there's a 6" deep drainage channel just outside where the straw meets the ground. Was there a drainage ditch?
Yep. I can't remember how deep we originally dug it-- a foot down maybe?-- but the ditch went all the way around the yurt and had a drain (and by that I mean another ditch running downhill ) off to the right side into the woods. We had the whole ditch filled with woodchips that I tossed a bunch of borax in to keep the mice and ants at bay.
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Old 04-02-2018, 08:15 PM   #5
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missed your post... Thanks so much for sharing!!
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