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Building a log cabin with a turf roof in Australia Follow the steps from start to finish. Made from Aust. Cypress Check out Related PostsGrass sod roof on ecological low energy eco friendly, sustainable house by www.milessampson.comSustainable Off-Grid Home Design – DIY energy efficient green passive solar and affordable!Mowing a GRASS ROOF on a Norwegian cabin – Klippe gresset på hyttetakSustainable Micro Straw Bale Cabin with Passive Solar Green RoofARDEX WPM 615 TPO Roofing Membrane – Environmentally Friendly, Energy Efficient Green Roof SystemMaking a simple green or grass roof on log cabin playhouse

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  • Deirdre Mackenzie 4 years ago

    Hi, can I ask you who makes the steel or aluminium piles and joists? Never seen that before.


  • BaberJacks 4 years ago

    time to mow the roof haha

  • Ethel Pepper 4 years ago

    Here is a sill question. Do you ever have to mow your roof?

  • HappyandAtheist 4 years ago

    great work , a real inspiration. Thank you

  • jannevellamo 4 years ago

    @1982FMJ If the building is properly made, that is, off the ground and with a roof that actually keeps water from dripping down the walls, it needs absolutely no chemicals at all. Chemical companies would probably suggest coating the whole thing with cyanide or arsenic, though. If they could make money selling you paint made out of plutonium, they would. In my country these things have been made for a thousand years or more with no need for any but natural paints used for aesthetics only.

  • pkauto 4 years ago

    There is no chemical protection treatment as this timber is naturally rich in tanins.
    Cypress Macrocarpa has a very pleasant smell.

  • iwantosavemoney 4 years ago

    nice job looks great

  • analogboy3 4 years ago

    Wow. I never expected to hear Icehouse on a video about building a cabin. Nice suprise!

  • pkauto 4 years ago

    When calculating weight remember to double the dry weight allowing for water saturation not to mention snow (where applicable)

  • pkauto 4 years ago

    Thanks for your comment. This was my first video so I apologize for text sometimes being unclear.
    I did a lot of experimenting with a smaller roof before building the cabin and found you need a minimum of 100 mm of soil although in Norway many cabins are using moss .Other than superb insulation the soil also contributes to keeping the logs tight. I would use as much as the strucyure and footings can handle safely. Cheers

  • ZenithRadio 4 years ago

    Never mind I found it Icehouse Great Southern Land…you forget a lot as you get older.

  • ZenithRadio 4 years ago

    What's the song? I cant remember

  • pkauto 4 years ago

    I agree to an extent, however i wouldnt call 150 x 300 milled timber as boards and every corner (saddle notched)
    is done by hand.If we had modern tools to simplify this type of construction 100 years ago I think we would have used them. The critical work is the notching which as mentioned was painstakingly done by hand.
    Even in Norway these days the chainsaw is widely used.
    Appreciate the comment.

  • chessbruno 4 years ago

    Nice. Really nice work, but this is not a log cabin. No ax, no log cabin. Enjoy it for what it is, a pre-fab bunch of boards- not a log cabin.

  • pkauto 4 years ago

    Thanks for your inspiring comment!
    All excess water not absorbed by the soil is guided down both sides onto garden beds and trees( which thrive ). Im in northern victoria

  • amiri001 4 years ago

    I admire your work specially doing it together with your family and friends..You guys deserve the best!!!

  • mightisright 4 years ago

    Nice job. Norwegians have lived in turf roof houses for over a thousand years, mostly for the insulation.

  • DrLsw 4 years ago

    oh thats cool i want to buy a peice of property and build a cabin on it with woods and cows so i can just get my own food im saving up for it now so when i move i'll have enought money to buy the property. you must spend alot of time in that cabin i like how its got the stones and trees next to it

  • pkauto 4 years ago

    Firstly its environmentally friendly , second it has extremely good thermal properties . Its a nice feeling having a living roof over your head
    Many countries , I believe Germany and China are among those promoting this type of roof construction.

  • DrLsw 4 years ago

    nice cabin. but why a grass roof?