South Carolina Cordwood Cabin







A home with cordwood walls in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Photos courtesy of Luke and Amy Metzger.

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  • Reply john January 14, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    Awesome cabin home, the foundation and framing are impressive and makes it look to survive nearly anything nature has to throw at it. Nice design as well, that front porch is great and makes me want to spend a few hours a day there in a comfortable chair.
    I am confused over how i feel about cordwood used in building though…what i like are the lighter overall coloration of the cabin both inside and out, what i don’t like are the mosaic pattern, the amount of cement or fill material between the cordwood, and the potential for that fill material to expand and contract with the cordwood leaving cracks in the walls. Perhaps that last is not an issue or there may be a fill material that allows for expansion, but i’m not familiar enough with the method to know for certain. Another similar product are walls with glass or plastic bottles…it just looks too much like something built from garbage instead of more common materials.
    Funnily enough i am very much in favor of alternative construction materials such as straw bales, adobe, mud bricks, etc…maybe i just don’t like mosaic patterning.
    Overall a beautiful cabin, one the owner should be quite proud of…and the best example of cordwood used in construction i’ve seen to date.

  • Reply mike January 14, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    How many square feet is this house?

  • Reply Lisa January 14, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    John doesn’t like the mosaic patterning from the cord wood, but I do! I’m not a fan of log cabins but this is different but still uses the warmth of the wood colors, which ties in perfectly with the wood used elsewhere. And I like how it mimics the stone work underneath the porch. However, John may have a point there about cement cracking. I, too, don’t know enough about how these materials will work together to weather the weather. We’d have to ask someone who knows. Otherwise, very nice cabin!

  • Reply just so January 15, 2014 at 5:18 am

    What a beautiful example of common materials turned into functional art. Light, airy, and understated simplicity.
    A bow to nature and architecture. Form and functional harmony…a combination hard to come by.

  • Reply Nancy February 5, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    I dont understand the tyvek wrap. If the cordwood forms the wall where is the tyvek wrap fitting in?
    Is the wrap in between two layers of cordwood?
    Or did the builder not understand that it was to be built of cordwood and took the wrap down later?
    love the look and would love to hear later about how it holds up as mentioned by the previous posts.

  • Reply Sukey July 20, 2016 at 7:39 am

    U should check out the Russian guy that owns the chelsea soccer club, his yacht.. hell there are some countries navies that are env5uos.i00 some odd feet long, 2 chopper pads, another boat that u can launch ohhhh and your standard anti-air defense system

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