Places– of Charm

If we want to be eco-friendly, we can plant a garden on a roof.  The photo below is a living wall of a residential home belonging to Paul and Cicek Bricault.

Some companies exist that provide do-it-yourself green roof kits. For larger scale residential projects it is best to hire a professional green roofer. There are many items that need to be taken into consideration when planning a green roof. Load bearing capacity, state of the existing shingles or membranes and micro climates to name just a few.  Roof gardens on the tops of large urban buildings have been in existence for decades.


9 thoughts on “Places– of Charm

  1. Bob Hedges

    Structure has to carry the load and prevent leaking. If plants cover the exterior walls, the owners wouldn’t want roots burrowing through. This is an inspiring idea.

  2. Thank you, Bob, for sharing that much needs to go into the structure. Mary Alice, the first photo above might be the home you were referring to. The Bruicault couple used a Canadian consulting firm, ELT, for their green systems.

  3. Wade Coleman

    Ah, suburban life. Getting all jazzed up about something new is what Californians do best. Have to admit though, we do have fun.

  4. Janessa Breckenridge

    You’re a traditional guy, Wade. With a roof garden, you could pitch a tent on your roof and save time driving.

  5. Bob Hedges

    I am guessing Wade would save money driving up to Big Bear with his tent. A roof garden needs a sound membrane-moisture barrier, expensive! But sustainable construction is appealing. With a passive cooling and a rainwater recycling system, I think I’d enjoy being a suburban farmer.

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