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Strawbale Yurt Platform and other ger input

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Hi there!
This is my first post so I hope I do it right!
Calling out to other yurt dwellers: I have a 20' traditional Mongolia ger (yurt) coming in a couple of weeks and am going to make a strawbale and plywood platform. I'm looking for input from others who have made a strawbale platform on tips, tricks, what went right and what you wish you would have done if you did it over... I ordered 12 3/4 inch pine plywood boards (my partner thinks we will need 1 more but on a yurt forum someone else mentioned it took 11.5...) , and have 125 strawbales waiting under tarp. I will be placing the bales inside of a winter pool cover, then the plywood on top. Still open to suggestions for the outer ring of the platform, how to connect the boards securely and really any other input you may have! :)
Also, what are your ingenious space saving tips and tricks? I'll be living in it full time with my partner and our toddler so being tight and organized as possible is a definitely a priority!

P.s. I'm on the south shore of Nova Scotia and would love to connect with others around here who live in yurts!
 
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Megan, welcome to the forum.

It sounds like you already know more about this than I do.

This sounds like a great idea.
 
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A Groovy Yurt, by any chance? We've been living in a 6-wall (22ft) Groovy Yurt for 6 years. We were lucky to acquire 8" styrofoam panels for our floor, so I can't help you out in the flooring department. I would suggest getting some hardware cloth to keep critters out of the strawbales.
Attaching a skirt rim around the floor would probably require a bunch of metal brackets. If your strawbales can be shaped really well to match the circular plywood, you might be able to use nylon strapping and a ratchet strap to snug a plywood skirt tight. We did that. We used two layers of thin plywood ripped into 12" strips with the joints staggered. The 8" styro was covered and the remaining 4" rose up above the floor to hold the walls and felt in place. Using the ratchet strap to hold it all in place, we gradually tightened it as we position the plywood properly. Once everything was in place and snug, we put short screws into the two layers of plywood (below floor level) until everything was one solid circle. A bunch of metal brackets between the skirt and flooring would ensure that it stays in place.
Somehow, I doubt any of that made sense.  
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