mortgage-free-landscape-photoNew Pioneer Magazine published a four page article on DIY Cordwood Cottages.  The editor allowed me to place the article in various social media sites to encourage the idea of natural building.   The article details the building of cordwood cottages, cabins, classrooms and homes.


The second page talks about how we built our mortgage free cordwood home.

NewPioneerarticle2The next page details the advantages of being mortgage free.


The last page shows a cordwood sauna and a cordwood garden shed built after attending one of our two-day cordwood workshops.


This article is reproduced with permission from New Pioneer magazine (  If you wish to find out more about Cordwood Construction visit and read a few of the many instructional articles about many unique and interesting cordwood buildings.

The article is available online in a larger print format at: or you can press Ctrl and + to increase the size of the text.

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.

If you have questions that aren’t answered on the website you can email m  

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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.”

The cover of the new Cordwood Construction DVD