Anchoring posts in a post framed building for cordwood construction is a very important install.  Not only does it keep the post from “walking out of plumb” during construction, but it also stabilizes the keyways, top plate and window boxes.  

Having a damp proof membrane under the post is also important to prevent rot and moisture wicking into the cordwood.   I would suggest builders use a sheet of ice-and water-shield on the foundation all the way along where the cordwood will be placed. 

The middle double posts are tamarack and the 16″ x 16″ corner posts are white pine. 

Below is a good example of an anchored post frame with the truss room in the attic installed and the whole building braced. 

One way to apply a damp proof membrane. 

Using wedge anchors and sleeve anchors or rebar is very helpful in setting the posts square, level and plumb. 

A grade beam is one of the very inexpensive ways to have a foundation that won’t move.  It also allows for any type of flooring you might choose. 

Framework, block to keep the cordwood “up” off grade. Electrical is “run” where there will be no mortar or danger to the wiring. 

An attractive cordwood wall with random placement of logs.

Having a motorized vehicle for lifting heavy loads can be a blessing. 

Here comes the sun!  

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