A beautiful cordwood cabin done the “right way” using Best Practices. The owner’s were meticulous and made sure every part of the cabin was done properly.  This cabin is built upon a walk-out, full basement.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The cabin rests in the middle of 320 acres of hardwood and conifer forest.   It provides bountiful recreation, hunting and relaxation.


This 28′ x 36′ cordwood cabin was built on a full basement.  The engineer made certain the foundation was able to handle the significant weight of a 16″ cordwood wall.  An 8′ high cordwood wall weighs 500 to 700 pounds per lineal foot.  So every four feet you have a ton of weight sitting on your foundation.  Sierra Exif JPEG

. NOTE: People have been asking about the plans for Cordwood on a Basement. This cabin’s basement specs are featured in an article in Cordwood Conference Papers 2005 available at https://www.daycreek.com/dc/html/paypal_flatau.htm OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The cordwood posts are red pine & cedar and the cordwood infill is pine, cedar  and aspen.  The basement was “capped” with a floor and the framework was added to the wooden sub-floor. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Boo Boo the bear cub walks across the central rafter log. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The heavy timber framing makes for a very attractive cabin.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The sliding glass doors are attached to a large deck which overlooks a small spring fed pond. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

A view from the loft. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The cabin boasts four bedrooms and a loft sleeping quarters. It also has an indoor sauna and grid inter-tie.

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 and ebook format.Cordwood Construction Best Practices Front_Cover_-_CC_Best_Practices small pixelsIf you have questions that aren’t answered on the website you can email me at richardflatau@gmail.com  

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 and Cordwood Conference Papers 2015 are the newest publications available from their online cordwood bookstore.   www.cordwoodconstruction.org