|Photo by Living Roofs Inc. of North Carolina|
Alan brought up the topic of small, lightweight green roofs for residential applications, sheds and garages.
Kudo's to Alan and Living Roofs Inc. of North Carolina! See his note below the photographs.
Homeowners are extremely interested in green roofing and are always interested to know if they can transform their own roof into a living, breathing system.
Unfortunately, buildings in the southeastern United States are not built for the same structural load capacity as northern buildings simply because we do not receive as much snow.
Sometimes, the cost to retrofit an existing structure for increased load capacity can outweigh green roof advantages and homeowners are sent back to the drawing boards.
Living Roofs, Inc., a green roof design and installation company based in Asheville, NC, has recently launched SHELTER to give homeowners another creative option for greening backyard space.
These architectural drawings contain all of the necessary information required to build a DIY green roof garden shed…or art studio…or children’s playhouse…or even a man cave!
The plan sets contain construction and green roof details, a complete materials list, and a very useful green roof resource list. These are professionally rendered documents, so load capacities have been taken into consideration, and they have been designed small enough to bypass building codes. Whether you wish to build the exact design or use the plans to modify and tweak your own design, they are a perfect introduction to back-yard green roofing and offer homeowners an outlet for some green creativity.
There are two designs: a more traditional gabled roof and a single-sloped, more contemporary roof. The single-sloped roof comes in a 4” inch version and a 6” version, which allows for a more diverse plant selection of flowering perennials and grasses.