Curt and Annie live in northwestern Wisconsin.  They have built a good life by working with the natural resources at hand. Gardening, foraging, harvesting, building, heating with wood, conserving, and improving their land are all important parts of their journey.   They are involved in their small community and Curt coaches baseball and is considering running for the local county board.  


Here is the beautiful 16-sided, post & beam framed, 16″ thick cordwood home they built in 2005.  It boasts a living roof with a masonry heater in the center of the home. 

Recently they started a native plant business called  Bean Brook Nursery They raise hardy, indigenous stock that will survive and thrive. 

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The 16″ thick window box is great for plants and mementos.


They built a gorgeous practice building (first) which serves as a guest house.


Winter in the Northwoods can be long and cold, but they fill their larder and their freezer with food from their garden and the surrounding forests. 


New entrance addition to the homestead. 

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.

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

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.


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