Cordwood homes are fantastic Green building ideas which are unique, creative and inexpensive. Cordwood building or cordwood masonry is a term used for a natural building method that uses cordwood, or short pieces of debarked tree logs. The wood is laid up crosswise with mortar mixtures creating an unusual, but functional, durable, and very attractive wall design.
Cordwood walls are 12 to 24 inches thick, and in cold areas like northern Canada can be 36 inches thick. Cordwood eco homes are charming and have unusual visual appeal. The unique Green building is cheap and easy to construct. The simplicity, maximization of interior space and inexpensive materials make cordwood homes ideal for low-budget projects.
40 to 60% of the cordwood wall design is wood; the rest is a mortar mix and insulating fill. The walls are warm and beautiful showing off sections of logs and adding additional interest to the exterior wall designs and home interiors. Lushome presents Green, creative, incredibly cheap ideas to build cordwood eco homes featuring original and sustainable design.
Green building technology allows creating mortgage-free, energy-efficient and beautiful eco homes which define an exciting trend in sustainable design. Cordwood offers an excellent alternative to traditional garden houses, sheds, summer kitchens and cottages while saving money.
The mortar mix can contain an insulation material, sawdust, chopped newsprint or paper sludge. Cordwood wall design can be load-bearing or created within a post and beam framework which provides structural reinforcement and creates additional visual interest.
Cordwood Green building is an economical alternative with fantastic potential. The Green technology can recycle split firewood, utility poles, split rail fence posts and logging slash for natural and cheap cordwood building materials.
Many different types of wood can create eco homes while adding unique character to cordwood house design. The best materials are rot-resistant woods, – Pacific yew, bald cypress, cedars, and juniper. Douglas fir, western larch, Eastern White Pine, Spruce Pine, Poplar, Tamarack, Western red cedar and Monterey pine are perfect cordwood wall design materials also.
Less dense woods are superior for Green building because they shrink and expand less than dense hardwoods, like elm, maple, oak, and beech. Properly dried and stabilized to the external humidity wood are perfect for creative and unusual wall design. Logs are ideal for building walls because they limit expansion and contraction of house design elements.
1. Exterior wall designs
2. Cordwood home interiors
by Ena Russ
last updated: 17.10.2016