Roundwood Loft Construction — 8 Comments

  1. Hello,

    How wide is this building? I would like to do the same thing possibly using thick bamboo. The diameter of my proposed building is 20 foot I’m diameter. Each pole will obviously be shorter as it moves closer to the wall. But Can the bamboo or any other wood be structurally sound when spanning that length (20 ft). If so what diameter pole are we talking about? I don’t want a post in the center of the room. But also don’t want my loft collapsing.

    • The room pictured was about 20 feet wide, and the poles used were about 6 to 8 inches in diameter. Most bamboo poles would not be adequate as 20 foot joists.

  2. Hi there,
    We’re thinking about doing a loft like this in one of our rooms. We have an unidentified variety of either cedar or juniper, on our land in Oklahoma, that we would like to use. Do you know anything about building with that type of wood? I’m curious to know if it’s strong enough to support a loft and whether other builders would recommend any drying/curing process for juniper or cedar.


    • Both are strong and will work fine even without drying. Peel off the bark to get rid of insects, etc. Coat the ends of the logs with varnish to reduce cracking.

  3. What a great way to lower costs and add character to a project. Thanks for posting this blog! We will continue to follow and look forward to reading more innovative ways to reduce costs on other projects.

  4. I just love all of this information. Thanks for posting it, Owen. So many choices to make, different ideas and only one house. *sigh* :-)

    • Ha. That’s why it’s good to build small houses. You can have several different designs. Actually, I think I would get bored building one giant house. Make the process an adventure and gradually add on (including separate stand-alone structures).

      I also want to add how roundwood will greatly affect the final look. If the house is all plaster inside and out then it gets boring. The wood provides a great contrast.

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