Small Green Roofs is the first book to focus on small-scale and domestic green roofs. More than forty profiles of small and domestic-scale projects of all shapes and sizes include green roofs on sheds, garden offices, studios, garages, houses, bicycle sheds, and other small structures, as well as several community projects. For each project, details are given for design, construction, and installation, as well as how-to tips on how the roof was planted and cared for.
For readers looking for inspiration when hiring a contractor or taking the adventurous step of building their own, Small Green Roofs provides the knowledge and encouragement to make it possible.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2011-05-30
- Reviewer: Staff
Whether in the urban jungle or a pastoral countryside, a hard rooftop presents an opportunity to improve drainage, increase biodiversity, and create microhabitats. With 40 small-scale examples of green roofs, from sheds to houses, this informative manual will inspire and inform. The authors, hailing from the U.S. and U.K., bring together a wealth of professional, academic, and personal experience in living roofs. This lavishly illustrated book reviews the basics of design and installation—building structure, weight of the roof, drainage, growing medium, irrigation, and plants—with the bulk of the pages devoted to real-life examples. The projects include a garden shed that was beautified by Dunnett with a variety of flowering plants, a city rooftop retreat, and a commercial-scale organic farm in New York City. Structures from the U.K., New Zealand, and a host of locations within the U.S. demonstrate that green roofing is a flexible technology that can be applied to a range of climates and serve many purposes. For homeowners, landscape architects, and engineers, this is a great overview of projects that won't break the bank. (May)