Ranja Dean has designed and completed a gorgeous cordwood outhouse at their homestead near Homer, Alaska.  Her husband Jeff helped with the building. 

The cordwood outhouse is next to the BnB near their exceptionally gorgeous homestead.  

The door (below) is absolutely over the moon and stars :0)

Below is a throne fit for a queen (or king)!

The Yak and Yow barn is also a work of art (you get the picture).  Ranja and Jeff have a very serious skill set. 

To learn more about their tours or how to stay here on your next Alaskan adventure visit



As is evident from the picture above, this is a meaningful and wonderful land of enchantment! 

The barn houses livestock (Yaks and Yows–the Yak moved away) and makes one think this would be a very nice place to lay one’s human head at night. 

I personally like the way they used the cordwood infill on the bottom and board and batten on the top.  There are many interesting curved and circular motifs throughout. 

The timber framing is especially attractive and functional.   Thank you to Ranja and Jeff for their permission to show their artistic gifts. 

Should you wish to learn how to build a cordwood cottage, cabin or home, please visit www.cordwoodconstruction.org   While you are there, click on the pictures, read the brief articles, check out the latest workshops and newsletter and if you are interested click on the Online Bookstore to see all the cordwood literature available in print, video and ebook format.

If you have questions that aren’t answered on the website you can email me at richardflatau@gmail.com  

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Readers have requested a brief bio, so here goes:

“Richard & Becky Flatau built their mortgage-free cordwood home in 1979 in Merrill, Wisconsin. Since then, they have written books, conducted workshops, facilitated the 2005, 2011 and 2015 Cordwood Conferences and provided consultation for cordwood builders.  Cordwood Construction: Best Practices DVD,  Cordwood Construction Best Practices (print) and Cordwood Conference Papers 2015 are the newest publications available from their online cordwood bookstore.   www.cordwoodconstruction.org

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