Iceland’s tiny turf houses are cute and cozy


Iceland’s turf houses are a weather-savvy architectural design. These little cottages keep out the cold brilliantly. The houses are made of a layer of flat stones to serve as the foundation, then typically have a wood frame over which squares of turf are piled.

The layers of turf make the house look like it is rising up from the ground, and the only exposed wood is the doorway. The doorways are often decorative and provide a bit of color and character to an otherwise camouflaged home. The superior insulation offered by the turf also helps the homes with energy efficiency as it takes little heat to make the interior toasty. Plus, unlike structures made of stone, wood or metal, there is hardly any way for warm air to leak out or cold air to leak in.

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