Before setting up the yurt, we had to build a platform. The platform is raised slightly off the ground. My husband chose to build it on pine "stumps" instead of concrete and two-by-fours, which we both rejected as being horribly ugly. The stumps ended up looking adorable, very "rustic" and saved us about $300.
These photos are from the early stages of platform set-up. My father-in-law, who sacrificed many of his afternoons and evenings to help out in the whole process, took them.