Bryan and Lois Pratt of Woodland Park, Colorado have built one of the finest cordwood homes in the world!   This 12 sided, two-story beauty is breathtaking in its construction and has an unfettered view of Pike’s Peak.

Bryan and Lois planned for many years to build their masterpiece. Not only do they have a gorgeous home, but they run many side businesses that dovetail with their lifestyle.  



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The kitchen is functional, beautiful and has views of the surrounding mountains.

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Bryan sent this green bottle end picture as a greeting to all his friends on the morning of the Winter Solstice. 

The compression ring holds up the rafters.  This means there is no need for a central bearing post. 

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Here is a Christmas photo of Bryan, Lois and their son.

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Looking out the deck one sees Pike’s Peak!  Bryan says the fireworks on New Years Day are quite spectacular. 

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Not ones to sit on their laurels, they build and market, PV solar, solar hot water installations (the ones on the roof) and a high altitude greenhouse designing business that allows them to harvest vegetables in the cold, dry climate.  The greenhouse is all in white (for shade on a hot summer’s day).  If you wish to learn more, please visit their website at

Should you wish to learn how to build a cordwood cottage, cabin or home, please visit   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 and ebook format.Cordwood Construction Best Practices Front_Cover_-_CC_Best_Practices small pixels If you have questions that aren’t answered on the website you can email me at  

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 Workshop DVD,  Cordwood Construction Best Practices (print) and Cordwood Conference Papers 2015 are the newest publications available from their online cordwood bookstore.


Here is the best-selling Cordwood Workshop DVD.  It has been getting rave reviews for its incredible detail, clear instruction and how it breaks the cordwood tasks into manageable sections.  There are 30 menu items from foundation, framing, electrical, plumbing, wall building, materials, special effects, bottle bricks, best practices, drone views of outstanding cordwood and so much more. Order yours today.

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