A couple people have asked recently about the base we made for the insulated hexayurt. Turns out I took a bunch of pictures of the process, so here is a big gallery of base pictures.
Every point of the base has a leveling pad. It is made of an 8-10″ bolt or section of redi rod welded to a square steel plate, and a nut and washer for adjusting the hight. The hexagonal connector rests on the nut+washer, and gets lifted or dropped by tightening the nut underneath.
We thought that sometime we may want to put several hexayurts togeather, and so designed the connectors to be fully modular. every point of the hexagon + the base gets a connector, and then lines get drawn between connectors with 2x6s. that gets subdivided into halfs, and then inlayed with 2x4s in the middle for de-bouncing. This process could carry on, with more connectors and spokes, but that hasn’t happened to us yet.
For our build, we needed an insulated floor to go with the insulated walls and roof. So Styrofoam and plywood sip it is. If you are building a warm weather yurt, a thick enough floor to effectively bridge the gaps that the under frame leaves is all you need. If you don’t need portable, screw it down and you can save some thickness too. But if you are building permanent, than this connector-based build may be overkill.
Dimensions.. we had them
But I don’t at the moment. The basic theory is that you are making a 8′ edge hexagon out of triangles and struts. If I find our drawings, I’ll post them, if you do some drawings, you can send them to me to share here.
This base was designed for portable, temporary installation. It worked, but the amount of effort is pretty high for any installation that lasts less than half a year. If you are going to build permanent, there are easier ways. If you are going very temporary, use a foam yurt.
Here are the pictures, annotated as clearly as I can at this hour of the night. Feel free to ask for clarification.