Sod Roofed Cellar

Sod Roofed Cellar

I’m pleased that this 9×12 root cellar turned out to exhibit such a harmonious blend of building convention and natural materials. The 8″ thick poured concrete foundation walls and slab floor are set against clay plaster and a sod roof. The sharp and...
Root Cellar

Root Cellar

We framed the roof of the root cellar today, and had an outstanding day building. The roof is made of oak and pine we bought from a beautiful country sawmill near Jordan Lake, NC. The heavy frame will be supporting a 12″ thick green roof that will be continous...
Pretty black for a green roof…

Pretty black for a green roof…

Green roofs are somewhat deceptive. The plants may be green, but under all that lush growth often lies a dead black petroleum based waterproof membrane. Some green roofs even have multiple layers of perforated polyethylene drainage mats, rigid foam sheets,...
Piedmont cob

Piedmont cob

  The building is set on a south slope for maximum solar gain and it’s slightly burmed into the hill, which will help to moderate temperature. We built on a rubble trench which combines drainage and footing functions. It took a¬†few days to set the first...