Sandy & Angelika Clidaras built their cordwood dream home north of  Montreal, Quebec in the early 2000s and wrote about it in a blog and authored articles in the Cordwood Conference Papers 2005 and 2011.  Sandy even came and spoke at the 2005 Conference in Merrill, WI.  He has helped many wannabe cordwood builders with advice and assistance.  A wonderful vacation is a phone call away.  Sandy was super helpful in giving directions on using closed cell foam for insulation for the White Earth Cordwood Home.

The Cordstead near Montreal, Quebec, Canada is offering an experience in cordwood living.

  He and his lovely wife have now opened up their home and cordwood buildings as a form of  “see what it’s like to live in a  cordwood setting.”    Here is how Sandy explains it:

The Cordstead overlooks a pretty lake and has many fine views of the surrounding area.

“We’ve been very busy with our final detailing of the Cordstead (our retirement Cordwood Dream Home) and now have the last phase of our Cordwood building ” Littlestead” completed.

Enjoy your breakfast in the beautiful dining area and see what a round cordwood home “feels” like.

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With Littlestead complete, we have the opportunity to offer folks who are considering to build with Cordwood the possibility to experience a short-term stay in a Cordwood home environment. This may be an important experience to help future Cordwoodies decide if the Cordwood building journey is suited for them. The Cordstead is located north of Montreal, Quebec, Canada in the Laurentian Mountains. 
For those interested in this experience more details are available on our site
The Cordstead is a registered Airbnb.   The Cordstead Airbnb

Take the paddle boat out for a ride or have a lovely breakfast on the lakeside lawn.

  Thank you, Sandy, for sharing your wonderful 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.Cordwood Construction Best Practices Front_Cover_-_CC_Best_Practices small pixelsIf 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 Workshop DVD,  Cordwood Construction Best Practices (print) and Cordwood Conference Papers 2015 are the newest publications available from their online cordwood bookstore.