There is the old good saying that goes like this: Those who live in a glass house shouldn’t throw stones. But nothing has ever been said about fruits and vegetables. There is one family in Sweden for whom living in a glass house has become a reality. Well, kind of. What they actually did, is that they built a greenhouse around their home!
Charles Sacilotto and Marie Grammar were willing to find a way out from the cold winters they are faced with in Sweden, and they wanted to do it in an environmentally friendly way. So they came up with the idea to build a greenhouse around their home, as the most likable solution. That way, they are able to heat their home and grow their own food.
Charles, who is an engineer by trade, got his inspiration to fulfill this activity from his mentor, Bengt Warne, who is a Swedish architect. He built this house about 10 years ago and it cost him about €80, 000, but the environmental and economic benefits from it are really great.
The house is nicknamed the Naturhus (Nature House) and it is surrounded by 4mm panes of security glass. Charles is certain that this glass is pretty safe, and even if it did manage to break by any chance, it is made to fall in small pieces, therefore not hurting anyone.
The heat in the house is planned to come from the sunlight that enters through the windows, and the heat through the night can be kept by the residual heat leftover. The extra benefit is that they will also be able to grow their own garden year round. .
The Benefit of the Greenhouse
Because of the harsh winters that affect Sweden, growing fruits and vegetables is enabled only from April to early October, which is a really limited timeframe. But this couple will be able to grow them in their greenhouse any time they want!
Different types of food like cucumbers, figs, grapes, herbs and tomatoes that are not likely to grow in Scandinavian winter, can be found in their greenhouse. Plants are right next to fruits and veggies, and on the plus side they are known to be good for purifying the air and removing toxins. Anyways, making the place prettier doesn’t hurt too.
As mentioned above, Charles is an engineer and therefore he built a way to collect rainwater for their personal needs as well as for the plants. Furthermore, the sewage system, including a composer for their garden was designed and built by him too. That way, he made it sure that they’ll always be fertilized and recycled back into their own ecosystem.
It seems like living in a greenhouse can make winter easier to handle. And who knows, maybe someday it will be possible for all of us to live in such a house, but until that happens, we’ll have to continue bundling up and huddling next to the fire.