Ever Wondered What Is the Main Purpose of a Green Roof? Click to Find Out.

Ever Wondered What Is the Main Purpose of a Green Roof? Click to Find Out.

This beautiful tiny "Cabin Title 15" is nestled in the sand dunes on the northern coast of Denmark. The tiny cabin fits in perfectly with its landscape, the living roof making the tiny home environmentally friendly and a part of nature.

The tiny cabin with its sod roof might make some people think that it is a historic home, but the fully glazed gable tiny cabin gives it away as being a much younger and modern tiny home. Sod has been used as a roofing material for hundreds of years in Scandinavia. It remained the most common roof type in rural areas until the late 1800s, when it was gradually replaced by tile and later metal. In recent years there has been a revival of interest in traditional building methods and materials, so sod roofs are making somewhat of a comeback. That coupled with the concept of green roofs has led to sod being used on newer homes, such as this one built in 1987. While the materials used to build sod roofs are literally dirt cheap, it is a very labor intensive method to build and therefore costs more unless you do the work yourself.

The dirt and grass on top of traditional tiny cabins does add some insulation but the main purpose of the dirt roofs is to hold down the layers of birch bark that actually provides the waterproofing. In newer construction, the birch bark is usually replaced by asphalt felt and a dimpled plastic drainage layer. That is likely what was used on this house, judging by the metal drip edge visible below the sod layer. Like the tiny homes before it, this small house is recessed slightly into the ground and has short sidewalls to deflect the often harsh coastal winds over the roof. This type of tiny house building is very practical and energy efficient, but it also fits perfectly into its grassy landscape, which is what architecture should try and achieve.Inside the lovely tiny cabin wood lined interior is cozy with a roughly 430 square feet of floor plan. The short sidewalls of the tiny cabin mean that the only windows are on the gable ends, but the living areas window wall ensures that there is plenty of light to fill the tiny cabin. Inside the bedroom and bathroom are in the back corners of the tiny cabin, with the bathroom accessed through the bedroom. The tiny cottage is currently for sale with an asking price of approximately $195,000.

On this tiny house site you will all sorts of tiny house plans and tiny homes for sale from all over the world. There are also plenty of tiny house inspirations and ideas for you to take a look at. Some of the tiny house designs you will see on this site include; timber frame house plan for sale, a River Road timber frame house by architect Nir Pearlson has two bedrooms in 800 square feet of space; C3 Cabin plan for sale, this C3 Cabin by Vandeventer and Carlander has one lofted bedroom in a compact 16 foot by 22 foot tiny space for sale; Minim House, a modern tiny house, the Minim House is a 235 square foot studio cottage designed for maximum efficiency. It would be ideal as a garden cottage or granny flat or as a tiny vacation cottage; a Woodsy tiny cottage plan for sale, a woodsy tiny cottage by architect Cathy Schwabe with two bedrooms in 840 square feet of space; Owl Tree Cabin, a tiny cabin that feels like a treehouse. This tiny cabin has a compact kitchen and bathroom on the 225 square feet on the main level plus a loft bedroom.

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