“It’s been ten years since we designed and built our house, so it seems appropriate to start an occasional series about it all. Building your own house has to be one of the most exhilarating and exciting things anyone can do in their lives. (It’s also expensive, exhausting and stressful too, but we wont go there for now…)
Hobbit House with Amazing Green Roof – Off Grid Straw Bale Cabin
“Video tour of an incredible hobbit house cabin that is completely off-grid. It is built with straw bale walls and limestone plaster, log roof rafters and support columns, and a stunning green roof with a glass dome in the centre to bring in a lot of natural light.
Art of living in a Dordogne tiny mud home with living roof
“In a small forest in France’s Dordogne, self-taught carpenter Menthé built his home with a living roof and mud walls, plus hand-carved wood from the surrounding forest shaped according to ideas from 16th century French architect Philibert de l’Orme. The result is a charming and very cozy home that fits perfectly into the woodland.”
“The sod house or “soddy” was a successor to the log cabin during frontier settlement of Canada and the United States. The prairie lacked standard building materials such as wood or stone; however, sod from thickly-rooted prairie grass was abundant. Prairie grass had a much thicker, tougher root structure than modern landscaping grass.
Underground Ferrocement Homes
“Truly Green Architecture: Earth Bermed with Living Roofs for low maintenance, quiet, safe and very long lived buildings.
LiveRoof Living Roofs
“LiveRoof® combines the best features of all green roof systems:
• Natural Function/ Natural Beauty of built-in-place systems
• Speed of installation of modules
• Prevegetation of carpet systems
• Plant diversity of 65mm – 150mm of soil.