When they were married, BIll and Martha Treichler settled on the Treichler family farm in Iowa. They hoped to put into practice Ralph Borsodi's ideas about independent living in rural America. There Bill and his father designed and built their home, a cottage using boards sawn from logs from the farm, purchased plywood, and cement. They salvaged bricks for a chimney and stone for flooring. Martha helped dig holes for footings, peel poles, and paint walls and shelves. T

The living area was continuous around a central masonry wall enclosing a small bathroom and a clothes closet. Old, soft, warm-colored bricks were laid to form a serpentine shaped fireplace. Above the copper fire hood, the wall swelled outward to meet the upward slanting ceiling. Poles radiating from the chimney to the outer walls supported the roof. On the east side of the chimney stood a wood-burning cook stove at the center of a walkway and a curved kitchen counter inside a circular wall with windows providing a wide view. The cottage entrance was between the kitchen and the dining area located in front of a south-facing bay window.

 

     
     

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