Artie Zimmerman built a gorgeous cordwood home near Zachary, Louisiana.  He kept a tuned-up chainsaw in his truck ready to cut wood at a moments notice.  Lo and behold he gradually put together 12 full cords to build this cordwood beauty.

His ranch style home is made of Eastern Red Cedar and is 1350 sq. ft. 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath, with a metal roof.   The wood for the ceiling is a mixture of woods native to Louisiana.  Note that the exterior vertical posts 12″ x 12″  are pressure treated to help withstand the hot, humid climate.

(Below) The pressure treated posts will eventually hold a porch roof.

The interior is finished with a gorgeous array of woods from the area.

Clever design and use of recycled material lend a beautiful charm to this home.

The backside of the home has a large window that provides excellent views of the surrounding countryside.

The splash back on the bottom set of logs will eventually be remedied with gutters and downspouts.  Thank you, Artie, for sharing your success with cordwood construction.  Your story will undoubtedly be an inspiration for others. 

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, video and ebook format.

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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.

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