Mill Valley CabinsContemporary Garden, San Francisco
Photos by Joe Fletcher
General Contractor: JP Builders, Inc.
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Add a green roofWhy not literally make your house ‘green’? No, not by painting it, but by swapping the standard tiles for a gorgeous green roof. You’ll need to start with a flat or low-slope roof, as the greater the slope, the more complicated the system becomes – so, again, this could be one for a planned kitchen extension, a garden room or even a shed.You can choose from a very low-maintenance option – sedum – which you inspect twice a year, or a more elaborate version as shown on this Californian cabin, where native shrubs have been planted to create a green mosaic.A green roof not only gives wildlife a new home, reduces water run-off and improves your amenity space, it will also look beautiful. Tempted? Read a beginner’s guide to green roofs
What are the benefits?There are so many benefits to having a green roof, it almost seems rude not to order one immediately. Very pleasingly, they increase biodiversity. ‘Our wildflower roofs include 38 species of wildflowers and grasses, which attract insects such as bees and butterflies,’ says Tom Storrer of Sky Garden.They also help to mitigate flash flooding. According to The Green Roof Centre in Sheffield, up to 75% of rainwater is runoff in urban areas, thanks to so much of the ground being sealed by buildings, paving and roads. ‘The green roof system holds a lot of water, which the plants absorb, helping to prevent flash flooding,’ says Tom. ‘The plants also help to purify rainwater, as they absorb a lot of toxins,’ he adds.