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I am very excited to announce our first building workshop.  We are preparing 3 new building sites for construction.  In order to make it more economical, we are in the process of saving for 2 or more 25′ yurts.  We have to buy in bulk to get the green roof and to cut down on the astronomical shipping cost.

So, in the meantime, we have reached an agreement with one of the worlds leading authority on Cord Wood construction to host a hands on workshop here at Eureka Yurts in Eureka Springs Arkansas.  Richard Flatau will be hosting the workshop.  Space is limited and these usually fill very quickly.

Here is the Workshop schedule from Richard’s web site

If your not familiar with Cordwood construction, check this out!

If your not interested in the Workshop but are interested in learning more, you can pick up Richards definitive reference here

Can’t wait to see you here!!!


Praise and Glory To GOD for sending his son to save the world.

Merry Christmas!

Blake, Melissa, Bear, Bella and Jenna.

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It has been quite an adjustment moving from a 2900 sq foot suburban home with 2.5 car garage, fenced backyard with a dog run, outdoor kitchen and sports court to 930 sq ft self built cabin.  The things I miss?  GARAGE! Holy Moly, I have forgotten how much nice it was to have a simple garage.  Also, miss a guest bedroom, fenced yard, and my favorite Chinese take out.

Well, one problem solved!

Having 3 Great Pyrenees, it is quite a chore to walk them 4 times a day.  Rain, sleet, or snow, they need to exercise and do their business.   And their ‘business’ can really pile up!

So the requirements:

Goal 1: Safe and Secure, Always, Always.

Goal 2: Low/No maintenance.

Goal 3: Self Service.

Goal 3: Ascetically pleasing and fitting in with the rustic theme.

I have always been in awe of AstroTurf dog runs.  But the cost of 13$ a foot plus installation was way beyond my budget / benefit balance.  I did my research and made a lot of phone calls and finally found my answer.  Reclaimed Turf. For about 0.75 cents a foot (delivered), I bought turf that was salvaged from the University of Missouri Western State’s football field.

So after 3 trips to Kansas City, we finally had all the turf.  So now what??  Very long story short, after wrestling with a 30 ft 2000 lb anaconda, I finally got it down. Woot! (Sorry, Juan).

Turf Beginnings

looking down the slopeTurf positioned fence poles in

Terry always laying down on the job

Turf under the deck to provide shade

Next step, build the ramp from the deck to the yard.  I called in my trusty carpenter and his sidekick and in 2 days we had the ramp in and it was all down hill.  Or, maybe too downhill??!? What??

Ramp Construction

The next week we had 3 days of torrential downpour.  And, with the 12 percent grade and the circular drive sloping toward the back yard, the water tunneled under the turf and cut a gorge under the turf.  When I un-seamed the turf, it looked like the Colorado river cutting through the desert of Arizona.


So, I bought some more 5/8ths base rock and had a friend regrade the driveway and put in a small diversion ditch to channel the water away from the the back yard.  I filled in the Grand Canyon and seamed up the turf.

The final product:

Finish from deck Finished from yard