Wrap Your Home in a Greenhouse?

House Inception – Observe a Very Unique Architectural Living Arrangement

Have you ever thought of a practical reason to build a house inside of another house?  Well, one family built their house in pretty much that fashion – well, inside of a greenhouse, that is.

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According to them, “this is a normal greenhouse.  It’s like any greenhouse you can buy on the market.”  The Nordic climate makes the greenhouse’s effects very much appreciated by the family living inside.

A few years ago, they reconstructed the exterior of the house, knowing that they didn’t have to worry about rain on the wood, considering the glass structure around their house.  No rain or wind makes it simpler to take care of.

First they had the greenhouse built, and then they built and enlarged the house inside the greenhouse.

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Don’t worry too much about summertime – they made preparations so that they could open up enough of the glass panels to let the heat out.

They don’t need a sloped roof inside the structure, so their top floor is just open to the “outside,” becoming a terrace roof that the family can play on.

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Find all that and much, much more in the article and also video.  Check it out below!

The average temperature in Stockholm in January is -3°C (27°F). For Marie Granmar and Charles Sacilotto it can be much warmer thanks to the greenhouse that blankets their home.

“For example at the end of January it can be -2°C outside and it can be 15 to 20°C upstairs,” explains Sacilotto. He was inspired to build a house-in-a-greenhouse through his relationship with architect Bengt Warne who began designing the first Naturhus (Nature House) in 1974*.

The footprint of the greenhouse is nearly double that of the home, leaving plenty of room for a wrap-around garden, and since inside the bubble it’s a Mediterranean climate, the couple now grow produce atypical for Sweden (e.g. figs, tomatoes, cucumbers).(don’t miss the fantastic video on page 10)

The favorite spot is the glass-covered roof deck. Since there’s no longer need for a roof, the couple removed it and now have a large space for sunbathing, reading or playing with their son on swings and bikes.

The greenhouse isn’t the only novel point to the Granmar-Sacilotto home. They are also completely independent from city sewage.

Built by Sacilotto- an engineer by training-, the sewage system begins with a urine-separating toilet and uses centrifuges, cisterns, grow beds and garden ponds to filter the water and compost the remains.

Source: Live Outdoor

Be sure to go to the next page to check out the video of their home!


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