Sod House

The sod house or "soddy" was a corollary to the log cabin during frontier settlement of Canada and the United States. The prairie lacked standard building materials such as wood or stone; however, sod from thickly-rooted prairie grass was abundant. Prairie grass had a much thicker, tougher root structure than modern landscaping grass.

Construction of a sod house involved cutting patches of sod in rectangles, often 2'×1'×6" (600×300×150 mm) long, and piling them into walls. Builders employed a variety of roofing methods. Sod houses accommodate normal doors and windows. The resulting structure was a well-insulated but damp dwelling that was very inexpensive. Sod houses required frequent maintenance and were vulnerable to rain damage. Stucco or wood panels often protected the outer walls. Canvas or plaster often lined the interior walls.

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L'Anse Aux Meadows - Settlement
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Addison Sod House - History of Site
... This sod home was used by James Addison and his family 10 miles (16 km) north of Kindersley, Saskatchewan, Canada and 6.5 miles (10.5 km) east on Highway 21 ... Sod houses were a popular construction choice in the early 1900s by the early homesteaders to Saskatchewan ... Similar to an earth sheltering type of houses ...
Heman Gibbs Farmstead - Sod House
... land in 1849, Jane and Heman Gibbs built a small, one-room, dug-out sod house where they lived for 5 years while farming the land ... The house was 10'x12' and built with logs and featured a sod roof ... This design kept the house well insulated in the winter and cool in the summer ...
Notable Sod Houses
... Sod houses that are individually notable and historic sites that include one or more sod houses or other sod structures include Iceland Skagafjordur Folk Museum, Turf/Sod houses of ... Arbaer Folk Museum, Canada Addison Sod House, a Canadian National Historic Landmark building, in Saskatchewan L'Anse aux Meadows, the site of the pioneering 10th-11th century CE Norse settlement ... Register of Historic Places (NRHP), included a sod stable Dowse Sod House, near Comstock, Nebraska NRHP-listed and operated as museum Heman Gibbs Farmstead, Falcon Heights ...

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