Viking Turf Houses In Iceland

Discussion in 'Off Grid Living' started by deMolay, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. deMolay

    deMolay Monkey+

    Very interesting way the Vikings survived in Iceland without trees for lumber or cement for building. These homes were mostly heated by body heat alone.
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  2. deMolay

    deMolay Monkey+

    A little more construction detail.
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  3. TnAndy

    TnAndy Senior Member Founding Member

    Ya work with what you got. I heard never buy a place that didn't have rocks, because you wouldn't have anything to build with. Well, mission accomplished.......

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  4. deMolay

    deMolay Monkey+

    Beautiful work. My Grandfather was a Stone Mason trained by an Irish Stone Mason. Some of his walls are still standing well over 100 years. He also had his own lime kiln and made his own lime. He passed in 1952, but his monuments are all over the countryside where he lived.
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  5. Bandit99

    Bandit99 Monkey+++ Site Supporter+

    We called them 'Sod Houses' here in the states. I have never seen one but apparently many were built in the Midwest.
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  6. SB21

    SB21 Monkey+++

    I’ve never actually seen one either , but as Bandit said , they were built mostly in the mid west, and I’ve heard there’s a few still standing as a testament to their durability. Would be interested in seeing one someday.
  7. deMolay

    deMolay Monkey+

    Picture of an American soddy. What a beautiful sturdy home. Actually looks better on the outside than the Icelandic model.

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  8. Wildbilly

    Wildbilly Monkey++

    The only complaint that I ever heard about soddys was that dirt constantly rained down from the roof. You had to modify your eating habits if you wanted to avoid eating dirt.
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