Once you have chosen the style of yurt, the next most important feature is the floor. After a great deal of research, I chose SIP (structured insulated panels) panels for insulation and portability. I drove 10 hours round trip to Denver, Colorado to pick them up. I was not happy when I realized that the plywood only covered one side. Now, I had the additional expense of more plywood. The tongue and groove pine flooring came with my yurt. As you can see, the platform is elevated. Would I have needed the $1000 worth of SIP panels + the additional plywood if I had chosen to place it directly on the ground? ....probably not. The platform is a totally non permanent structure. There was no concrete or digging used. I think coming from Florida originally, I just felt better elevated! In hind sight, I would place it on the ground and let mother nature assist with insulation.
I do live in a flood plain, but I am set back quite a distance from the river. Currently, it is a river of rocks with the drought!
This was the second location of the yurt. We chose to move the yurt from the first location and we had raised it 90%, but it just was not right. Yves from Groovy Yurts helped raise it the second time and we recorded it. This was invaluable. Once the platform was prepared, it took an afternoon with Yves and 2 other people to assist and one to record to complete raising it. Once I find the pictures of the felt panels being washed and dried, I'll post those. They had pack rat and moth damage. I sewed all through the winter with them on my bedroom floor. Once completed, my thumbs were numb for two weeks from pushing the rounded needle through the felt! It was an incredible sense of accomplishment to have touched every aspect of my future home.