Cordwood Cottage Garden Shed in Green Bay, Wisconsin

Tom & Mary Barchacky built this wonderfully attractive cordwood shed in the city of Green Bay, Wisconsin.  It is a building that was an idea that morphed into a project that became a work of art.

Tom and Mary Barchacky built a beautiful cordwood shed in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Tom and Mary Barchacky built a beautiful cordwood shed in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

The building is made from all repurposed and recycled materials. The door was made from used lumber, the window was found in an alley in Milwaukee, the shingles are recycled and reused.

The arched door was hand built with recycled lumber and the cordwood was infiled around a temporary "bent" board.

The arched door was hand built with recycled lumber and the cordwood was infiled around a temporary “bent” board.

The cordwood infill is red heart cedar and was free for the taking from a neighbor who does tree pruning.

Red heart cedar has a beautiful undulation to the perimeter of the log and the center has a reddish tinge.

Red heart cedar has a beautiful undulation to the perimeter of the log and the center has a reddish tinge.

Tom used a block and tackle “truss derrick” to raise his top plate and roof trusses.

Tom used what he terms a "truss derrick" to place his top plate and trusses on the framework.

Tom used what he terms a “truss derrick” to place his top plate and trusses on the framework.

The building has a pleasant appearance and blends in well with their property.

Nicely done!

Nicely done!

Backhome Magazine published an article on this wonderful garden shed and now they use the cover for advertising.

The cover of Backhome Magazine about the Barchacky Cottage Garden Shed.

The cover of Backhome Magazine about the Barchacky Cottage Garden Shed.

The article is published on my website www.cordwoodconstruction.org  Go to Articles on the menu bar and then to Cottage Garden Shed from the drop down menu.

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Richard Flatau
Merrill, WI  54452
Flato@aol.com
715-212-2870
“A house built of logs will look like none other, for it will glorify the stick.”  -Frank Lloyd Wright
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5 responses to “Cordwood Cottage Garden Shed in Green Bay, Wisconsin

  1. I’ve not really seen walls built like this before now, but I love the look to them! Can I ask how the wood holds up to damp and wet?

    • The cordwood walls are made of short log ends (12 to 16 inches long). These softwood log ends are embedded in a mortar matrix with an insulated center cavity. When a log face gets wet the tissue (xylem and phloem) act like straws to transpire the moisture away. This is the reason that, as long as best practices are used with cordwood (large overhangs, no splashback, proper mortar recipe, maintenance, good softwood dried and solid) the walls will last for hundreds of years and not rot. If you live in an insect prone area, we suggest you treat the log ends with a natural, non-toxic preservative like borax.

  2. This is a great tip especially to those new to the blogosphere.
    Short but very precise information… Thank you for sharing this one.
    A must read article!

  3. Howdy! This post could not be written much better!
    Reading through this article reminds me of my
    previous roommate! He continually kept talking about this.
    I’ll forward this article to him. Pretty sure he’ll
    have a very good read. Many thanks for sharing!

  4. I could EASILY live in the garden shed, especially if loft/tiny staircase were added!

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