Tom & Mary Barchacky built this beautiful cottage garden shed in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The entire building was made with recycled materials. For example: the shake shingles were repurposed from a garage. The large front window came from a dumpster in an alley in Milwaukee.The Eastern Red Cedar cordwood infill was destined to become firewood and was donated by a arborist neighbor. The front door was nicely handcrafted from materials lying about the Barchacky garage. The green side door came from a second hand building store. The timbers were reclaimed from an old barn. This lovely cottage garden shed was inspired by the D. Stiles book Sheds. The Barchacky’s spent an afternoon at an open house at our cordwood home in Merrill. Then we communicated through phone and email. The red center of Eastern Red Cedar is very attractive and smells like a hope chest. I asked the editor of Backhome Magazine if he would like to have an article about this DIY project. The rest, as they say, is history!
This became one of the most popular articles in Backhome’s history and has been used extensively in their advertising.
This is a close up of the truss derrick they built to place the hand-made trusses on the top sill plates.
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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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