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Galleries of Cordwood Homes, Sheds and Cabins — 5 Comments

    • You need an abundant source of suitable wood and a chainsaw. This works in certain areas. In the far north you’d want to add exterior insulation.

  1. Craig from Maine, check out Rob Roy’s website on cordwood house building. He explains how to build, warns to NOT seal the wood (it needs to breathe), and is one of the world’s leading experts. He has lived in a cordwood house for over 30 years. I remember reading about his home in the Mother Earth magazine back then. I have studied many different styles of building over the years and plan to use cordwood for one of my outbuildings once we are ready for our move.

  2. I love the look :)

    I like the simplicity, it seems very easy to cut logs to a particular length and stack them.

    But I’ve heard they shrink and can rot if untreated, or something like that. I wonder if the cut logs are better to be left out to dry for a year, or maybe dunked in polyurethane or something ?

    A home like this would be great if you buy wooded property, I bet :)

    It seems easier than building a conventional log cabin.

    (I like easy and affordable, it’s a tough economy and I’m no carpenter LOL)

    Keep up the good work !
    Craig

    • Most of these homes are in or near Wisconsin where lots of wood is available. It can be a good option for some. I would use rot resistant cedar wood that was carefully dried under cover for 2 or more years. Build wide roof overhangs to keep water and snow off the walls.

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