January 6, 2009

Sod Roof...


Traditional Green Roof

When my mother was young and growing up in what is now my house, her father built a large garage/workshop in our backyard. He used whatever materials he could to put it together. Old roughly hewn cedar beams, scraps of wood, sheet metal...old wooden boxes.
I love that sort of thinking; you can do whatever you put your mind to... However, the garage is now in such disrepair im under the impression that its not only an eyesore, its also become unsafe.
This winter through spring, my husband, father, and I intend to repair and rebuild it into a space that can sometimes be used as a garage (if i hold onto my 1972 beatle), but that will most times serve as a woodworking shop. And what used to be my grandaddy's workshop (he was devoted to an antique Chevy Truck named Jezebel), will be rebuilt as my brand new green house. And i couldnt be happier about it.
Right now i havent any money for the project, as we are putting all available funds into rebuilding our 1950's kitchen... But I am beginning the research to find if a sod roof is a plausable feat... something we can undertake with much elbow grease and minimal funding.
I am, and have been for some time, facinated with the idea of a living roof... Of replaceing some of the displaced greenery on my small bit of land. Trust me, if the funds were available I'd have my entire house done with a sod roof.... But those are notions of dreamland....

Well, i am going to get back to my research, and will be posting more inspirational green roofs here to keep myself motivated... If you have created a living roof yourself, and have any helpful information, that would be greatly appreciated!

4 comments:

Kat said...

You should check out these people, they do green walls and roofs...
http://www.mossacres.com/

The Oak Leaves said...

i have wanted to order moss from them in the past... i sort of forgot about it... i contacted them for more info, thanks!

Summer said...

Here's a solar-powered biofuel station in Eugene, Oregon. The roof of the pump island is solar panels and over the store is a green roof (inside they sell typical convenience store food, but most of it is organic). It's rad! http://www.sqbiofuels.com/

NanaBeast said...

If you're still in need of moss roof information I came across "Build a Green Roof" on the WIRED website: http://howto.wired.com/wiki/Build_a_Green_Roof

Here's hoping your dream roof comes true.

Denise Leavens
aka The Nana Beast