Today I am featuring a house from my home country, Canada. And yes, it is round.
Take a look at this unique green-built home near Owen Sound, Ontario:
Doesn’t the roof look like it is growing blonde hair?
That is a “living roof” – the kind of roof where you can grow grass and bugs, and mostly weeds. Birds can nest in there and critters can paw and burrow. So much more eco-friendly than asphalt shingles!
The house is actually made from cordwood construction – literally pieces of de-barked wood that are stacked like a pile of firewood and mortared into place. This method of building goes back a long way and is most commonly seen in Nordic countries, eastern Canada and the northeastern United States. Basically, places where it is cold and they have access to a lot of trees.
The round shape of this house maximizes the interior space, while minimizing exposed exterior surface area, similar to a dome house. Cordwood homes, however, can come in all shapes and sizes.
The cordwood masonry sort of resembles stonework from a distance…
But up close, you can see that the walls are actually made from pieces of stacked wood:
As you can imagine, the exterior walls are very thick – ranging from 12 to 36 inches!
The kitchen in this house is a nice mix of vintage old and rustic new:
I adore the old-fashioned stove and antique hand-pump beside the sink!
You can tell that a lot of care and attention went into the building of this home.
Even though this round, cordwood home is extremely masculine and substantial, I could see myself living here… but I’d probably plant some flowers on the roof to soften it up a little.
What about you?