Heating a home can be expensive, especially in places like Sweden, where it’s cold for long stretches of the year. And with our reliance on coal and oil for energy, staying warm is very rarely “green.”
That’s why one family in Stockholm came up with a completely brilliant plan to save on their heating bills while eliminating the need for traditional fuel. Not only is their solution resourceful, but it’s actually quite lovely!
The only thing is that their solution is quite… strange… to say the least.
In the cold winter months, there’s nothing quite like setting the thermostat to a toasty warm temperature and relaxing inside. But keeping the heat on for too long can cause energy bills to skyrocket, and no one wants to pay those kind of prices—no matter how comfortable they feel! That’s why Stockholm, Sweden, residents Marie Granmar and Charles Sacilotto found a fascinating way around it…
Stockholm is known for its long, cold stretches of winter. Residents who live there need to make sure their heat is in perfect working condition or else they’ll be in for some brutally frigid nights. Marie Granmar and Charles Sacilotto, however, went above and beyond to stay warm.
The inside of the couple’s home looks pretty normal at first glance. Well, the interior does, at least. But there’s something that makes their house incredibly unique. Can you guess what it is?
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Believe it or not, their home is actually inside an enormous greenhouse! How incredible does this look? The heat from the greenhouse keeps the house warm all year round, so they pay hardly anything to heat it.
Charles came up with the unique idea with his friend and architect Bengt Warne who originated this fascinating concept in 1974. Bengt had developed dozens of these types of greenhouses before helping Charles and Marie with theirs.
Following Bengt’s unique design, the men covered the summer home in four-millimeter-thick glass. The square footage of the greenhouse is just about double that of the home, so there is plenty of space to walk around.
Because the physical house doesn’t ever come into contact with rain or snow, the wood siding didn’t need to be treated with any special chemical to prevent rot. The untreated wood stays looking fresh all year round.
Even though the home is completely enclosed in the glass-walled greenhouse, there are plenty of sliding doors built into the sides so the family can access their outdoor spaces. They knew they would need constant access to the outside world.
One of the perks of living in a greenhouse is being able to grow food! The family grows all sorts of vegetables, which saves them a good amount of money on grocery shopping. Plus, it gives them the peace of mind that everything they’re eating is totally organic.
How amazing is this house? Would you want to live in something like this if you had the opportunity? Watch the entire video below for an in-depth look at how this home-inside-a-greenhouse works. It’s absolutely fascinating!
It may be unconventional, and it was quite an undertaking, but this couple really seems to love their home, as they should! Plus, it’s great for the environment.
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