Going Bananas for Cordwood in Quebec

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Sebastien Demers built a beautiful two story cordwood home near Ste. Onesime, Quebec in 2009.   Here are some pictures and an explanation of “the build” from Sebastien himself.   The half round/half rectangle floor plan also has two interior gardens and a banana tree flourishes there and produced 30 pounds of bananas last year.

This is the front of the half round, the rectangle is in the back.

A whole bunch of bananas!  30 pounds!

The masonry heater, tile floor and indoor garden areas.

The post and beam framework cross-braced with roof applied and ready for cordwood infill.

 

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Sebastien suggests building a 3D scale model first.  Note the two indoor garden plots.  Genius!

Sebastien built his own doors.   What a beautiful looking entrance.  Note the shelves on the outside for keeping keys or packages up off the snow.  This is Quebec remember:0)

The masonry heater supplies warmth for 24 hours at a time.

Sebastien offers advice on what to do when building your cordwood home:

1.  Read everything on the subject.

2.  Take a workshop.

3.  Build a practice building.

4.  Make a 3D scale model of your building.

Here are a few facts and figures from Sebastien:

Sebastien Demers Ste Onesime, Quebec.

“My best suggestions would be to take the time to do it, by : – reading; – visiting houses: – Workshops; – Experimenting, idealy with a test building; – Alot of planning and asking questions – Making a model of the house. It takes alot of time, but this time is so much worth it when it comes to the real construction!

And some details

  • I used 16″ logs, cedar.
  • Insulation is sawdust with a bit of lime.
  • Next to the kitchen, there is à root celar whitch is 3´ underground and it communicantes from the inside. It is 12’x12′
  • The house is a half circle (40′ in diameter) annexed to à 15’x40′ rectangle. All of it is on a flaoting slab, Heater by water.
  • The structure is made from beams that come from an old barn I recycled.
  • There is also à living roof.
  • Let me know if you need anymore details.
  • Almost forgot… There are 2 inside gardens in the circular part of the house. They are simply holes (about 10’x20′ x 3’deep) in whitch i did not pour concrete.
  • I have a banana tree that gave me 30 pounds of bananas, 2 years ago

As you can see a very beautiful and very functional cordwood home was built with patience, research and planning.

For additional information on Cordwood Construction and to read articles and visit the Online Bookstore go to  http://www.cordwoodconstruction.org

Or email me, Richard Flatau, at richardflatau@gmail.com

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