In 1976 I sold my first Green yurt to Bran and Moria in Ca. on Greenfield Ranch. I milled the lattice 2x2 frames from downed fir trees on my 54” head rig sawmill. I bought one of the first Skill Battery (White) 12 volt drills. l hooked it up to a car battery and drilled holes for 40d rail spikes and washers to pin the lattice wall and lattice roof frame pairs together. Ran a 1/8” galvanized cable thru the roof and wal frames at the top of the wall. I set this up for them for $300 total including my wood ,cable and spikes. They did the rest and lived happily in it for decades. Moria still lives in her yurt as Bran left us a few yearrs back to umpire softball games and play horse shoes in the after life. They used cleaned carpets as a liner and safe foam in a case of cans for insulation and tree seal coating and some green paint to make their cozy hobbit like yurt. Then years later they shaked the roof and sided over the wall and used redwood bark as a perimeter for their stump like entrance and perimeter foundation…….Brilliant
Bran and Moria at their their home 1976 and below after their addition in 2013
Needless to say I have evolved these green designs, sold my sawmill, sought after sustainable lumber from local sawmills harvesting responsibly and developed an affordable hybrid green frame panel yurt. Read below for the particulars and product development that has taken place over the past 35 years in California., and in Baja with green Hybrid designs.
Hopland green subdivision built in 1986 below left with earth friendly materials and recycled newspaer fire proof roof insulation and fireproof ceramic finished O.S.B. from row cropped Aspen with resin glues as siding and sheathing with bamboo floors and old wine tank 2x trim. Across the street from the Real Goods Solar Living Center. - David Raitt