Feb 23-06

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2006: February: Feb 23-06
Cordwood home    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by George & Paulette Beveridge
Built-in stairway    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by George & Paulette Beveridge
Log shelves and imbedded bottles    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by George & Paulette Beveridge
Marble and insulator face    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by George & Paulette Beveridge

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 03:00 am:

Not your typical log home, this house being constructed by George and Paulette Beveridge is a real eye catcher, with it's different shape and composition. The first floor is round, the second floor octagon and to top it off, there's a barn style roof. George tells me it's called a Timber Frame Cordwood Home and for those of you asking, cordwood is firewood that's sold by the cord. This one is built with 16 inch cedar logs that are put together with a special mortar mix containing lime and sawdust for insulation. There's a center log, standing in the middle of the house which acts as the center-post and ties the timbers into the walls. The home is heated with an outdoor wood burning furnace and in floor heat besides, so it should be nice and warm. George and Paulette added a touch of decorating flair by including old Copper Country bottles in amongst the logs, a decorative face fashioned with marbles and insulators, then to greet you at the door, their initials formed by colored bottles. You can't see all the unique features here, but if you click on over to their gallery, you can view the stages of construction in this slideshow. Enjoy the tour!

By John (Johnmich) on Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 04:55 am:

Very interesting to look at but what would it be like to actually live there? Does anybody live in it now?

By Chris Allen Anderson (Wood) on Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 06:06 am:


my dream is similiar. there is another great cordwood home almost completed at lily pond on your way out to mcclains, tom and marcy's home/business. the smell of wood is simply awesome!! they remind me of homes depicted in fairy tales. i'm very jealous right now.

hope all is good. -wood

By Smfwixom (Trollperson) on Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 06:10 am:

What a unique house! Thanks for the slideshow, too.

By P.Weed (Pweed) on Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 06:41 am:

Is it a kit home?

By Margaret, Amarillo TX (Margaret) on Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 07:22 am:

My goodness, that is unusual.

By Tammy Ziemnick Foster (Tzfoster) on Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 07:38 am:

I have heard some Bootjack residents trying to describe what this looked like, but the photo does it more justice than their explanations. I've heard that one wall inside is made of the bottom of glass bottles, too. It's beautiful and I bet that John and Joey have a lot to do with building it too, not only George and Paulette.

By gary lankfer (Gimmel) on Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 07:42 am:

there is a barn built this way at the end of the sturgeon river road south of chassel.

By JOHN AND ANNE KENTUCKY (Username) on Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 07:46 am:

Awesome!!What a great idea.I would think that this would be a very enviro-friendly house.I wonder what will happen when the logs dry out and shrink.Although I would guess that they have probably thought all this out before they started.I have been saving bottles to make a small poultry shed in a similar manner.

By JARMO ITÄNIEMI (Japei) on Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 07:47 am:

Magnificent house project!!!

By Marlys Bacon (Stonewood) on Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 07:52 am:

There are at least eleven recently built cordwood homes in the greater Keweenaw area (plus the remains of some very old ones, or even old cordwood structures converted into modern homes.) You can see a picture gallery of many such homes built by their owner-builders at http://www.daycreek.com/dc/html/allthingscordwood.htm

All of us who live in them love them dearly! Perhaps because we have invested so much of ourselves into them, choosing our sites, finding our materials, creating our personal designs, and doing the heavy work. In a way, they are art.

Marlys Bacon
Calumet Lakeshore

By Dotsie Salani Stewart (Suna) on Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 08:44 am:

Looks like a Giant Bird House.

By tom ghering (Tomgheringtcmi) on Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 09:28 am:

http://www.michmarkers.com/startup.asp?startpage=L0983.htm You might want to visit this website about a home made of bottles

By John Preisler (Jpreisler) on Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 09:53 am:

looks very cold with all that concrete

By Nate (Nalwine) on Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 10:22 am:

This house is a work of art!

By WishingIWasInDaUP (Sur5er) on Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 10:32 am:

George and Paulette, What an amazing home. Congrats on achieving your dream home in the Keweenaw :)

By JAD, Oscar, MI (Jandalq) on Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 11:09 am:

This type of structure must be quite old. About 7 miles north of Menominee on 577 stands the old "Bohemian" Hall. Part of the structure is cord wood. It has been there ever since I remember & I'm pushing 78. With the in-floor heating and thick insulation the beautiful showpiece above must be snug and warm. It's a dream house! Congratulations to the builder. Question: will it settle any more than a regular log home? And, if yes, how do you take care of that

By 69 TOOT (Flyindamooney) on Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 03:20 pm:

These must be creative and loving people, and their home shows it......Fantastic.....

By Ms. Katie (Mskatie) on Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 05:29 pm:

Like people I admire, young or old, new or established years ago, it's the character I love. This certainly sounds like it. I hate those awful McMansions! Lucky people. Just hope they don't close out people who love the land to, too exclusivity. Congratulations.

By Dennis Mannisto (Denmann) on Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 05:39 pm:

Is this the house in Copper Harbor, where US41 comes into town? If not, can we see that one, too?

For an alternative to daycreek.com, look at "cordwoodguy" at http://maxpages.com/woodmasonry
Caution: he has a clearly rude attitude in his posts (even forgiving his ALL CAPS text due to bad eyes.) But, his info on cordwood appears similarly hardcore, and insistent on healthy, functional, durable cordwood construction.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 10:28 pm:

Very different house. Did George and Paulette used to own the Dairy Land? Or am I thinking about somebody else? Anyway, looks like lots of hard work went into this house. I'm sure they'll love it.

Mary Drew says: No, George and Paulette didn't own the Dairyland, you're thinking of Paulette and Charlie and they still own it at present.

By Mary Lou Curtin (Marylou) on Friday, February 24, 2006 - 10:06 am:

Hi Paulette, George & family.....Don't know what we would have done without your help thoughout the years we were at Bootjack...Is your new home on another lot by your other home?...don't tell me you moved......(I hate change)....How's "Little" Judd?........Thanks again for all the help!!!....

By George (Cordwoodboy) on Friday, February 24, 2006 - 05:02 pm:

just a little more about the cordwood house. It has a metal roof and all the wood framing came off the land it sits on and has very little shrinkage.I hope you like the pictures as much as we enjoyed building it so far. george and paulette.cordwoodboy

By clinton drake (Clint) on Sunday, March 5, 2006 - 06:05 pm:

This house is awesome. I am showing the link to my dad who will be building on Sawmill Rd. He is always looking at new methods and floorplans.

By Bill Knepple (Wildbill) on Monday, March 6, 2006 - 01:07 pm:

George and Paulette,
Just a quick message, that we plan on being in the U.P. in May or June and will try to look you up. Cool house. Your cousin Bill

By Debora Starkman (Debbiebeveridge) on Tuesday, May 2, 2006 - 02:46 pm:

Uncle George and Aunt Paulette-

It is so cool to see these pictures. It has come along way since we were up last summer. Dad told me to go to this site to see your progress. All is well and hope to see you soon. You are always welcome to come see us in the Northwoods of Ely. Take care, Debbie

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