The Straw Bale Yurt Bible — 11 Comments

  1. Hello,

    Any tips or pointers for building this on post and piers?? I have a yurt with a permanent post and pier foundation with concrete piers going 2 feet down and 1.5 feet wide. I want to take down the yurt and build a strawbale and since the floor is already round use the layout I have…Thanks for any direction as my husband and I will be doing this ourselves and inlisting our 16 year old son and any friends we can have come help.

    • This would be extremely easy to do since you have the piers and floor to raise the bales off the ground.

      Tips include: download Matt’s Myhrman’s free strawbale PDF Build it With Bales

      Ideally you would use one layer of gravel bags before stacking the bales to help protect the straw from moisture damage.

      Use tightly compacted bales, not loose bales.

      Build a ‘ladder bond beam’ on top of the bale wall. Attach the roof to the bond beam.

      Insulate the floor and ceiling well and you’ll have a near zero energy home.

    • Around a few hundred dollars. Prices for materials vary considerably so check local prices. Try to get good bales from the field right after harvest. Try to borrow a trailer, etc. and haul them yourself because shipping is usually expensive. Bales are easily water damaged, so ideally you’d build the straw bale yurt as soon as possible and get the roof on. You could get the main structure up in two weeks with 1-2 helpers if you’re in good health. Use gravel bags to raise the bales off of the ground. Please document everything and share with others.

  2. These are my favorite type of projects — super low cost, sustainable, energy efficient, practical, local materials, owner builder friendly (simple, fast and easy to build). Go to rural areas you’ll find thousands of innovative structures not unlike this one. Most are off the beaten track back in the boonies.

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