Family wraps home in greenhouse to warm it naturally

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Sacilotto and Granmar House in a Greenhouse
Stockholm, Sweden – Charles Sacilotto and Marie Granmar

If a greenhouse protects plants from the cold weather, why not use it to keep your home warm, too? This concept, unusual as it may seem, is what keeps the Sacilotto-Granmar household a lot warmer during the extremely cold Stockholm months without increasing energy consumption!

Sacilotto and Granmar House in a Greenhouse

This house-in-a-greenhouse idea was inspired by architect Bengt Warne who designed the first Nature House in 1974.

The original plan was to build their own ‘Nature House’ from ground up. But after finding it very difficult to look for an empty lot Charles Sacilotto and Marie Granmar decided to buy a summer house on the Stockholm archipelago. With Warne’s design in mind, Sacilotto built a 4 millimeter glass enclosure around the house.

This resulted in a home that can have a very different, more agreeable temperature than its cold surroundings just using the natural, solar energy. As Charles Sacilotto shares, “For example at the end of January it can be -2°C outside and it can be 15 to 20°C upstairs.”

And because they are living in a greenhouse, the family is able to grow produce not very common in the country such as tomatoes and cucumbers! They also have an outdoor living area to enjoy at the top since the house essentially no longer needed to have a roof.

But the greenhouse is not the only thing to admire about this home. It also has its own, independent sewage system built by Sacilotto himself who is an engineer by training.

Take a tour of this home by viewing the gallery, and learn more about it by watching the video tour below!

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