A clever Swedish couple have built a greenhouse around their home!
The couple, Marie Granmar and Charles Sacilotto have created a haven from the intense Swedish weather, where winter can last up to 9 months of the year. This protection from the weather allows them to save on heating, which in an ordinary Swedish house is usually switched on in the middle of September and stays on until May. They use a wood burning stove for the additional heating they require and are working towards harnessing and storing the additional solar energy during the summer months for use during the winter months.
The greenhouse floor area is double the size of the house itself, meaning they have garden areas surrounding their house. Planted with fruit and vegetables they are also able to grow items that need a Mediterranean climate to thrive.
The greenhouse roof opens automatically once a set temperature is reached so that they and the garden do not become too hot. The house has a balcony and a roof terrace which means star gazing and enjoying the sunshine can be appreciated without the element of coldness usually associated with such activities in this part of the world.
This idea to build a house within a greenhouse is not the first of its kind – their inspiration came from “Naturhus” (Nature House) in Stockholm which was built in 1974.