Some details about the project from the owner/builders.

We built this in 2018. It is 24′ round it took 1-1/2 yrs to finish. It is located in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire.  It has 36-inch roof overhangs.  The cordwood is pine, we used pine sawdust for insulation  It has a compost toilet and a loft. 

     We used rebar vertically in the logs for stability.   

     Windows came from Habitat for Humanity ReStore.  $225 total.  Door frames are 3 inches thick and        made of pine

A lovely, welcoming, hand-painted screen door.

The half-round window is a centerpiece of the kitchen.  The live-edge countertop slabs are mighty fine-looking as well.  

The cordwood infill is nice and tight with small mortar joints. 

A white Vermont Castings wood stove gives off welcome heat. 

A compost toilet and sink in the bathroom. 

A beautiful door with a great painting of a bear on the commode. 

Every home must have two doors for safety, here is the back door. 

Is anyone up for a game of checkers?  Note the wood stove “legs” for the table-top. 

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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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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