Not too long ago, the idea of sod roofs conjured images of traditional, pretty homes in Scandinavia and Iceland. Now, their popularity means they also conjure up images of city lofts and modern homes.
There are plenty of options for green roofs, from elaborate trees to native flowers. Sod, however, can be an especially affordable option, and its clean-lined look complements many different housing styles. Like all green roofs, sod helps extend the life of the roof, cuts energy bills, and helps with storm runoff. It also, of course, adds green space to the neighborhood and provides a sanctuary for birds and insects.
- The 2 Bar House in Menlo Park, California was built to be both environmentally friendly and budget friendly. From Dwell.
- A rooftop in Soho is now a gorgeous oasis thanks to Dub Studios.
- Mark Merer's grass-topped studio in England is based on his work developing eco-friendly, sustainable architecture with the Swinomish Tribal people of Fidalgo Island in Washington State.
- A black-hued summer home in Norway looks chic topped with a sod roof. From Bo Bedre.
- A cozy, traditional cottage in the Faroe Islands from The Travel Blog.
(Images: 1. Dwell, 2. Dub Studios, 3. Louis Porter for Mark Merer via Arch Daily, 4. Andreas Mikkel Hansen for Bo Bedre 5. Arwen Joyce for The Travel Blog)