Cordwood in the Mountains: Idaho Base Camp

I received a delightful email from Whitney about her cordwood project at Idaho Base Camp. Whitney said, “I’d like to invite you to check out our cordwood cottage progress here in the Big Lost mountain range 26 miles east of Sun Valley Idaho…”

Here’s a video of our foundation being built ūüôā

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Idaho BaseCamp is an Environmental Eco-Retreat Center 26 miles outside of Sun Valley, Idaho, dedicated to education, creative expression and the development of a sustainable relationship with nature. Our aim is to expand the understanding and create a working consciousness for the environment, community and Self. .  Part of our master plan is to have several examples of sustainable building.  This cordwood cottage is our first permanent structure to go up on the land, where up to now, we have only had yurts.

We broke ground on this project on May 7, 2013 and since then have been learning the process along the way, and building from below the ground up with the help of MANY friends, the Cordwood Construction facebook page, and BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS.  This has proven to be an incredible community building process and are so grateful for everyone who has helped, from lending their truck to fill with shale, to cutting wood and hauling it to the site, laying logs and mortar, taping bottles together, framing windows and doors, and so much more.

Sawdust was donated by the local sawmill.  All of our wood came from Stanley, 60 miles away.  Our tongue and groove roof was recycled from a house in Ketchum.  The logs have all been bucked up on our very own land.  Our doors were recycled from the Sun Valley Center for the Arts.  The windows from a house in Ketchum.  The tin for the room came off of a house in Ketchum.  Our beams were recycled from a recreational Mud Run in Hailey Idaho.  Shale was gathered from the hillside across from Basecamp.  Plywood was recycled from a landscaping job site in Ketchum.  Even our concrete mix came from Idaho-a little town called Paul about 120 miles away.  Our hard foam insulation for the roof came from a poolhouse re-model in Ketchum.  The tires the make up the bottom half of our North wall were donated by the Sun Valley Auto Club.  All of the bottles came from local bars and restaurants in Ketchum and Hailey.

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