Cordwood Party House (in Germany) by Kati Schenk.

Kati hails from Germany and built this cordwood beauty. Kati commented, “The house is 5 meters x 5 meters (16′ x 16′).  The walls are made of peeled, split, and dried Larch (Tamarack).  The walls are 25 cm thick or approximately 10 inches.  

This cordwood building is going to function as a Cordwood Party House.  All the neighbors are excited to visit and hang out.

Kati states that she built the walls and made the plans, all by herself.”  

It shows good planning to prepare a safe way to heat the building. 

The triple wall chimney is code-compliant for installing a safe wood-burning stove. 

Framework with a “hip” roof, braced and ready for the next step. 

Bracing the framework is the key to keeping it square and putting on the roof.

The rows of brick helps keep the cordwood high and dry. 

Beautiful door and hinges along with brick and a partial stackwall design. 

Fine chairs for party time in the Party Hut!

It’s always good to have a safe and efficient wood stove. 

This is a corner post.  Notice it has been cut on a right angle so the cordwood fits right up to it and the outside looks like a round timber.  This method keeps more R-value in the walls. 

This is an excellent way to stain posts, level posts, and set the posts.  

The foundation has double rebar and insulation underneath. 

The Party House fits very well into the neighborhood. 

A clean and well-organized building site. 

The bricks are used to keep the cordwood high and dry.  Kati used sawdust mixed with lime for her insulation in the center cavity. 

A damp-proof membrane (rolled roofing) is used to keep moisture from migrating “up” the walls. 

The first rows of cordwood are being built. 

Windows are being installed in the Cordwood Party House!  What fun!

A clever little washstand.  

Soaking the tamarack in a borax solution for rot resistance and insect repellant. 

Using an Alaskan-style SawMill to cut dimensional lumber for the cordwood hut. 

Should you get interested and want to build one that is warm and energy-efficient?  Want to learn from others’ mistakes and not have to repeat them?   Then you should get a copy of Cordwood Construction Best Practices.

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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 instruction for thousands of cordwood builders.  Cordwood Workshop Video (2017),  Cordwood Construction Best Practices (2017), and Cordwood Conference Papers 2015 are the newest publications available from their online Cordwood bookstore.

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