For Sale: Historic Danish Home Made of Natural Roof Material
In the olden days, building materials in certain places in Denmark were so scarce and so the locals had to make do with whatever they have. A certain island called Læsø happened to be rich in seagrass… eelgrass in particular. This is how the grass-roofed homes came to be. They proved to be extremely durable, and they provide excellent insulation, they even compare to today’s insulation technology. This sustainable material is also fireproof and non-toxic and the roofs have proven to last for hundreds of years.
In the present time, the lack of building materials do not pose a problem anymore, and modern, concrete houses are the norm. However, Læsø is still preserving their local tradition, and 19 eelgrass homes remain in the area.
One of them is for sale at $414,000. Standing in the midst of old apple trees at 1,076 square feet, it features 6 rooms redesigned in a rustic farmhouse style. And get this… a total of 35 tons of eelgrass were used to restore and refresh its roof!
The extended farmhouse has six rooms tucked into the cottage’s traditional framework. The kitchen and living spaces receive an abundance of natural light. Rustic touches such as colorful farmhouse doors and exposed ceiling beams add an old-world charm to the interior. The cottage is located on large lot of land filled with ancient apple trees and is just minutes away from a beautiful beach.
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