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Highgate Garden RoomContemporary House Exterior, London

Tony Murray Photography

Contemporary bungalow extension in London with a green roof. —  Houzz
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Sarah Alcroft added this to Ask an Expert: A Beginner’s Guide to Green Roofs24 March 2015

What is a green roof?A green or living roof is simply one that’s covered in vegetation. It can be a full-blown garden – known as an ‘intensive’ green roof – but the classic set-up we’re used to seeing on residential properties is a shallow expanse of low-growing plants, or an ‘extensive’ green roof. Extensive roofs are made up of a series of layers: a protecting layer covers the (waterproofed) roof, followed by a drainage board, which contains lots of little cups – rather like an egg box – to hold the water. Next there’s a filtration layer, a substrate layer, then the vegetation. The plants are either supplied as individual plugs or as a blanket of vegetation that can be rolled out.Green roofs are often seen on new builds, but they can also be retro-fitted onto some existing roofs, too. And the surface doesn’t have to be flat. ‘Even 45º roofs can have greenery: they simply have special supports to stop the plants sliding down,’ says Simon Berry of Natures Balance, who designed the shape and exterior finishes of this garden room.

Natalie Wain added this to Houzz Tour: A Glorious Garden Room Emerges From the Woods in Highgate9 July 2014

‘We decided pretty early on to make the building as green as possible,’ says Lester. The ‘eco’ roof was fundamental to the design, allowing the building to transition seamlessly from the garden to the woodland beyond without appearing too bulky or obvious. It’s also popular with local wildlife, which can be spotted from the main house. Sunken foundations further minimise the building’s impact on the space.

Jo Simmons added this to Outdoors: Gorgeous Garden Rooms You’ll Never Want to Leave23 April 2014

Think bigAn unused area of this London garden has been transformed into a relaxing, sustainable leisure space, integrated with the woodland beyond. The single storey structure has a sitting room, gym, sauna, shower and relaxation area, all wrapped around an outdoor hot tub. Sounds like my kind of shed…See more of this garden room

What Houzz users are commenting on:

Pip Christou added this to My Project17 April 2022

Clear roof strip for over clothes cupboards

eleanor_ewings added this to extension 21 March 2021

this has everything I want. pleached trees, full height glass doors a green roof a glazed section in roof, material finishes - a spa would be nice!

HU-412016895 added this to My Project12 February 2021

Like the trees on the left. Good screening. Generally quite soft!

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