“Matchmaker, matchmaker make me a match, find me a catch, catch me a catch…” That is precisely what is going on with Clarke Snell’s hybrid cottage. One wall is cordwood, one wall cob, one strawbale and one earthen plaster, topped off with a living roof.
The cob wall and living roof (top). The cordwood and strawbale wall (bottom).
Cordwood and cob play very well together.
So do strawbale (balewall) and cordwood (in this instance in Manitoba, Canada, the cordwood is double wall.
This how the strawbale and cordwood look when they meet in the corner of the room.
This is cordwood in the kitchen in the lovely Cannon home in Antelope Valley, Manitoba, Canada.
Sigi Koko has added a cordwood green house/sunroom in a strawbale and earthen plaster home in West Virginia.
Below is a cob and bottle wall greenhouse with excellent framing.
Windows and wooden framing make for astounding light and views.
Cordwood and bottle bricks brighten up the walls.
Should you wish to learn how to build a cordwood cottage, cabin or home, please visit www.cordwoodconstruction.org 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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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.” www.cordwoodconstruction.org
Here is a jpeg of the new Cordwood Construction DVD cover available at https://cordwoodconstruction.org/