This is an outstanding example of a cordwood treasure hidden away among the lakes, rivers and ski areas of Portage, Wisconsin.  “This handcrafted, one-of-a-kind home is nestled in a secluded wooded setting, located 3 mins from I-39, within view of Cascade Mountain ski area & mins from the Wisconsin River. This home exudes a very relaxing vibe. An eco-friendly, sustainable home incorporating permaculture ideals by using locally sourced, indigenous construction materials. Highly energy-efficient structure with passive solar, passive geothermal, wood, shade, etc. Features incl: Amish Craftsmanship (with FLW inspired design), Green Roof, 32″ thick cordwood walls (which translates to R-48), in-floor radiant heat power by a wood stove or hydronic heat. This cordwood masterpiece would make the perfect BNB.

This tiny entrance is reminiscent of how Frank Lloyd Wright would make his entrances to homes rather low and dark and upon entering the guests’ eyes would rise up to the glories of the inside. This is such a home.”

There is a large living roof on one side. 

And a huge cantilevered shed roof on the other.

  • Type: Single-Family
  • 1,767 sq. ft.
  • Year built: 2008
  • Heating: Radiant
  • Lot: 6.71 acres
  • Price $400,000  (no longer for sale)

The inside is filled with 32″ cordwood walls (which gives an R-value of 48), wood, rocks, stone and hand-cut quarried stone tile floors.

The wood cookstove is state of the art. 

The ceilings are pine and the timbers are joined with metal brackets.  

The kitchen is built for entertaining and spectacular views.


There is a game room for kicking back and relaxing.  Many of the stones come from the nearby Wisconsin River.

The entryway is sturdy and makes a strong statement. 

The loft has three bedrooms.

The bathroom has enough room to stretch out and get clean.

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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  2005, 2011 & 2015 Cordwood Conferences and provided consultation for cordwood builders.  Cordwood Construction: Best Practices DVD (2018),  Cordwood Construction Best Practices 2020 (print & ebook) and Cordwood Conference Papers 2015 are the newest publications available from their online cordwood bookstore.

The Cordwood Workshop DVD is like taking a workshop in your own living room.

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