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.
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).
This "quarry" gave me stone for the walls of the root cellar and provided a solid support for the sod roof
The romantic vision is the sod roof
and grasses" says Reed, "but the most durable plant is the sedum plant" a humble succulent.
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
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).
It has a large central fireplace, living sod roof
and a "welcoming stone" set in the maple hardwood floor.
A green sod roof
to reduce the urban heat island effect;
Supported by steel and concrete, the deck originates at the wine cellar dug into the rock face, works its way up to the main riving level, flanks both sides of the pavilion, meanders through intimate gardens, and then leads to the sod roof
, which doubles as the lawn for the main house.
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.
A green home doesn't necessarily need a sod roof
or solar panels," Styczynski adds.