Monday, July 5, 2010

Cordwood Lodge/ My World

A round house built of cordwood construction in Ontario's cottage country

Here, cordwood (short lengths of debarked trees) are laid crosswise with a mixture of mortar and insulating materials - such as sawdust or paper sludge - in between.  Of course, the longer the logs, the better the insulation qualities.

Believe it or not, there are remains of cordwood buildings buildings in Greece and Siberia that date back a millennium so this is not a new idea.

Closer view of roof and chimney




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50 comments:

Small City Scenes said...

There are some old cordwood cabins on Camano Island. I like them and a good use of end rounds. MB

Ann said...

I always wonder why people like rotund buildings. So you don;t knock into corners? LOL

I have a fascination with rotund buildings too.

Tracy said...

What a neat looking building. Looks like a nice peaceful quiet place to stay, too.

Cezar and Léia said...

wow everything is different, tiles, roof, windows...Beautiful picture!
hugs
Léia

Jan said...

This is a new type of construction, to me. Unique and lovely.

Betty said...

Amazing!!!! I would love to see the inside.
Hugs ♥♥♥

Jarart said...

I love it. I do wonder how you would hang a painting on a curved wall though.

Leora said...

What a lovely house. And an ingenious building method. I like the details of the top.

Dave said...

very smartly built...
excellent photos.

Sylvia K said...

What a wonderful and fascinating post for the day! I've never seen a building like this and your photos are terrific as always. Thanks, too, for the information, always makes the photos that more interesting! Hope you have a great week!

Sylvia

cieldequimper said...

Ancient crafts in th 21st century: just too good to be true. And it's gorgeous, too!

Carver said...

I thought it was stone at first. Has a fairy tale feeling to it.

I also love your damselfly shot in the post before this one.

VioletSky said...

I've always wanted to live in a round house!

ladyfi said...

What an amazingly beautiful building. Looks like a mosaic. I would never have guessed that it was wood.

Dani said...

These are very beautiful shots..
Have a sunny Tuesday!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

EG: What a fine place with a neat shape.

Annie said...

What a marvelous house. I've never heard of cordwood buildings.

Al said...

That looks like an amazing building. I've certainly never seen anything like it so I learned something new today. Thanks for sharing!

Starnitesky said...

How fascinating! I have learnt something today!

George said...

This is a beautiful and interesting building. I didn't realize that cordwood buildings lasted so long.

VALKYRIEN said...

What an extraordinary fun and beautiful building! Love it!

Louis la Vache said...

hee hee...
Well, you wouldn't have to worry about dust build-up in the corners...

mactheweb said...

I helped build a cordwood house once. The rough log ends on the inside provide a good anchor for plaster. The outside needs no paint. The result is a bit rustic but the technique is so simple and inexpensive that I wonder that it isn't used more.

Oh, nice photo, too. ;-)

J Bar said...

I always love seeing different shaped houses so this round house is brilliant.

Jacob said...

It may not be a new idea but this particular kind of structure is new to me. I think I like it!

Sorry about the heat. It's actually cooled down nicely here - we've had some cloudy days and quite a bit of rain...we're happy campers for the moment. But it won't last!

Lesley said...

Interesting looking house. Makes me wonder what rooms all those windows are for. (hard to imagine a floor plan!)

Adrienne in Ohio said...

What a fascinating structure!

Icy BC said...

That's a wonderful building! It would be a wonderful place to relax!

lisaschaos said...

I love this style of building! Wouldn't mind having one myself. :)

Shammickite said...

What an amazing house, I love it! So different from anything I have ever seen before.

Sheila said...

This is the most unusual home I've seen in awhile - i would be interested in seeing hwat the inside looks like and how it's decorated. thanks for visiting my blog!

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shots of the cottage. Lovely facade.

Wren said...

I love this - I want to find that house and move in.

SandyCarlson said...

Looks like a neat place. Thanks for sharing this!

Rose said...

I would love to see this for real...

LDH said...

Wow ~ how interesting!

Gaelyn said...

I love this idea. The look is marvelous. And I'll bet the insulation is great.

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

This is what dreams and imagination are made of. Wow indeed.
Cheers,
Melbourne Daily Photo

Lara Neusiedler said...

beutiful photos and an interesting place to visit!

Indrani said...

Love the place, it has wonderful feeling, I am getting it through your wonderful shots.

Luna Miranda said...

amazing construction! love your photos.

mrsnesbitt said...

Looks a cosy, well planned home.

B SQUARED said...

Very interesting!

ksdoolittle said...

I am in love with that cottage. Is it a newer construction? Or as old as it looks? ~karen

Birgitta "foto CHIP" said...

What a beautiful house! And it was interesting about how it is constructed :)

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wncmountainliving said...

Cool use of building materials. Great looking house too.

Rebecca said...

LOVE this little place.

noel said...

aloha,

very unique idea, i wonder what keeps the wood from being attacked by critters?

love the building, very cool

Jenn Jilks said...

That is wonderful to know! I found the same idea in a small artist's studio nearby. http://mymuskoka.blogspot.com/2009/06/muskoka-lakes-art-tour.html (It is in the video!)

Mike Rafalko said...

Round building's are known to be a place of wealth and wisdom

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