Drafted by Rob Pichelman


When applying for a building permit it is necessary to provide the municipality with detailed house plans. Most of the time you have the option of providing plans from an architect, engineer, draftsman or yourself. If you are handy with drafting, then, by all means, find out if you can DIY. If you can’t, here are your options:

  • Architectural Plans: These usually cost thousands, but are very well received by bank and code officials.
  • Engineered Plans: These have close to the same clout and cost about the same, but have the advantage of having the engineer working with the building inspector on stress tolerances and the like.
  • Draftsman: These plans are acceptable for many code/inspection departments. The often cost a fraction of what architects and engineers charge. If you can find a draftsman that is familiar with cordwood, you can save yourself some serious money.

As luck would have it we have a local Draftsman who lives in Merrill, Wisconsin and he lives in his own cordwood home. So explaining the cordwood part is not necessary. He has had many of his plans approved in Wisconsin and many other states. Rob Pichelman has a large file of code approved plans that you can look at to see if any of their features fit your ideas. He will modify any plans to meet your desires and will work with the code officials to satisfactorily answer their questions.

Order existing Cordwood Construction House Plans in 11″ x 17″ ($10) at our online bookstore Click Here

Here is Rob’s contact information:

Rob Pichelman
N2701 Snow Road
Merrill, WI 54452

Home: 715-536-1386 (BEST OPTION)
Cell: 847-363-1598

Drafting Prices

  • $495 per standard set of drawings
  • Two story plan add $100
  • $25 full set of prints and shipping
  • Phone, email, text for instructions
  • Includes: Set of photos for code officials.

What You Get

  • 24″ x 36″ finished set (tubed)
  • PDF file via email if needed
  • CD or Flash Drive upon request
  • Phone, email, text for instructions
  • Floor plan examples available upon request


Below are a few samples of Rob’s work. If you see something you like, send him an email or give him a call.