Kit & Jesse are building a 768 sq. ft. tiny cordwood home with a sleeping loft for their family of four. Using best practices, they have radiant in floor heat, post and beam framing, 16-inch cedar cordwood infill and an R-value of 50 in the roof.
The log end that appears to be levitating has been drilled out to accept a wiring receptacle. Then it is temporarily attached to a 2 x 4. It will become part of the kitchen wiring above the countertop. The timber frame uses 8 x 8’s of southern yellow pine with 6 x 8-inch tamarack post on the inside to complete the 16″ wall. A dormer has been added to the 10/12 pitch roof to provide space for the two room-in-the-attic-truss bedrooms.
The wiring is 14-2 attached with wire staples to the center of the post. Work parties with friends and family help to speed the building process. Nearly 100 bottle logs have been made. Some have special family momentos.
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Posts anchored properly to the FPSF.
Sawdust for the mortar mix. soaking in the far barrel and draining in the near one. Jesse used a pressure treated 1 x 8 on the bottom of the post to prevent moisture wicking into the post above. He will also place a shingle between this post and the slab. One of the many advantages of a post and beam framework with roof attached is the functionality of being able to store materials under cover. A window box (buck) is attached to the post and the top plate. This will insure that the window will always be able to be opened.
More pictures will be added to this post as the building continues. Stay tuned.
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“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
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