Paul Reconstructs Old Norwegian Log Houses in Iowa

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“From Paul Cutting: I’m 28 years old, and for the past six years I have been disassembling and reconstructing Norwegian built log houses around the Decorah, Iowa area. I’ve disassembled ten of these buildings and have reconstructed four of them, including additional buildings I restored for the US Forest Service in Colorado over two years. The other six buildings are stashed away in a barn for future use. This is mostly a hobby, and I’ve yet to figure out how to make a living doing this type of work.

My corner of Northeast Iowa was settled almost exclusively by Norwegians, who brought with them a very long tradition of building with logs. Nearly every house in my area built from about 1845 to 1880 was log, and several still stand. I approach owners and ask if I can take them away (usually for free) and reconstruct them on new sites. My projects are built almost exclusively with salvaged materials and have been done very cheaply, and the end result is highly original and sympathetic. This house cost me something like $20,000 to build, if you exclude the roughly two years of labor it took to build. Things are cheap if you don’t count your labor!  

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3 Responses to Paul Reconstructs Old Norwegian Log Houses in Iowa

  1. Anonymous says:

    A small Swedish Iowa house like this was moved to back to Sweden in the 50's to demonstrate life in America for the Immigrants.

  2. Dear Paul, you CAN make a wonderful living and time with these beautiful old structures!!! When I came to Nauvoo, Illinois, I became good friends with Dave Hardle and he has taken apart many long homes…and as you, has some more stored in barns and where ever. He's put them together, gather's all the history of that house….reconstructs them and rents them out to VERY HAPPY tourists that come here. check his site out. All but 2 of these are the old structures. It made such an impression on me that I only wanted to build with old logs myself….and I did it. Keep saving our wonderful past….and God bless you for doing all the work that goes into restorations.

  3. Dana says:

    This is so cool. My Norwegian grandmother was born in Northern Iowa, I would looove to have one of these homes.

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