The plot is simple: Man builds cabin in wilds of Alaska, proceeding step by step from the notching of each log to the application of a sod roof
, with assorted pauses to cook hotcakes, view wildlife, or make meditative observations like "What a man never has, he never misses" and "It is surprising how comfortable a hard bunk can be after you come down off a mountain.
To the rear, the west wing has a green sod roof
, which appears to rise out of the ground with berms on either end and concrete retaining walls on the sides.
In Scandinavia and Northern Europe, sod roof
systems have seen continuous use on residential and farm structures for more than 500 years (Saeverud 2008; Herfindal 2004).
Now, Bateman enjoys watching them roll around on the sod roof
of their new home.
The romantic vision is the sod roof
and grasses" says Reed, "but the most durable plant is the sedum plant" a humble succulent.
Suddenly things I originally thought puzzling made sense, and I set out tso see examples of every one (including the sod roof
on the pool filter room and the organic garden and greenhouse).
Irvin Goodon was born in 1933 in the Turtle Mountains of Manitoba, one of eight children raised in a one-room log house with a dirt floor and sod roof
It has a large central fireplace, living sod roof
and a "welcoming stone" set in the maple hardwood floor.
Payback periods ranged widely depending on the component; less than seven years payback for the open plenum HVAC system and more than 20 years payback for the planted sod roof
The only expense for our animal coop was the cost of the pond liner for the sod roof
(note the rubber sheet sticking out in the photo), which cost $300.
Armed with little more than an axe, a grubhoe, a saw, and a spade, they built a small log cabin with a sod roof
to house the family and started clearing a patch for a garden.
A green home doesn't necessarily need a sod roof
or solar panels," Styczynski adds.