Home designs employing a living or green roof are known collectively as Garden Roof designs. Sod and living roofs home plan designs have been an integral part of humans’ indigenous life since prehistory. Northern Europeans combined birch bark with a top turf layer of meadow grasses as insulation. Native Americans and settlers of the mid-west built with prairie sod. Some were complete sod homes.
Terra Homage™ garden roof home plans integrate the latest in modern building materials, science, and technology combined with artisan craftsman and construct embracing living and natural native plant life into the home site plan. The master of the modern living roof homes, architect Malcom Wells is the “father” of garden roof earth sheltered homes design. Whereas an earth sheltered home may be constructed subgrade with a foot or more of soil above, garden roof plan designs are lighter in weight and are used as the “fifth plain of design”, a roof top terrace, captured areas for outdoor living space. The green roof design attracts important pollinating insects, adds oxygen to our air, helps cool the micro-climate, adds thermal insulation, is safer in storms, and is esthetically much more pleasing. The green roof can also harbor beehives, goats, chickens, herb and vegetable gardens in a safer place from predators as well as storing rainwater in cisterns. We are now integrating “living walls plans” into the home site and garden plans. These beautiful living topiary type sculptures are the next evolution in arbors and trellis historically used in home plan designs.
A Terra Homage™ garden roof home plan can be the next phase in your own personal evolution to a more inspiring and sustainable future.