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Free heating, fruit and clean air all year round: why did the Swedish couple build a greenhouse around the house

The family saves on heat and grows food at the same time.

Here and hereafter – screenshots from the Kirsten Dirksen YouTube channel

Marie Granmar and Charles Sacilotto have been living in a real bubble since 2015 . The couple erected a greenhouse around the house, which retains heat even in frosty weather.

Usually in Stockholm it is cold 9 months a year, but at home at Marie and Charles the temperature does not fall below 15 degrees Celsius even in the bitter cold. Thanks to this, the family can grow Mediterranean fruit in Sweden, which does not grow in the country due to the harsh climate.

For example, at the end of January there may be -2 degrees Celsius on the street, and we have above +20 degrees Celsius.

Marie Granmar built a greenhouse around the house

According to Marie Granmar, an ordinary family in Stockholm turns on the heating in mid-September and does not turn it off until mid-May. However, due to the greenhouse, the steam does without artificial heating for three months out of nine, and also reduces energy consumption to provide heat. Any additional heating provided by the sun or wood.

Tomatoes, grapes and other fruits and vegetables not grown in Sweden are grown in the greenhouse

The greenhouse was made of tempered glass with a thickness of 4 millimeters. The couple first bought a house, and then decided to build a greenhouse around it. The project cost the family about 10 thousand euros .

In summer, the greenhouse automatically opens if it gets too hot. Since the greenhouse covers the house, the roof was no longer needed and the family built a terrace instead. There, the couple play with their son, read, sunbathe and grow plants.

Terrace at the house of Granmar and Sakillot

Granmar noted that she is immune to the “winter mood” experienced by many of her friends during the cold winter. No matter in the snow or in the rain, she wants to sit on the balcony of her roof terrace and look at the stars or catch the rays of the sun.

It can be hot in summer, but this is not a problem, because we open the windows and enjoy the heat. We love the sun!

Marie Granmar

Since the size of the greenhouse is almost twice the size of the house, Granmar and Sakillotto have enough space left for the distressed garden. There the couple grows figs, grapes, tomatoes, cucumbers and herbs.

According to the woman, growing something in Stockholm is “not easy.” She noted that this requires “all the extra energy that you can get.”

Therefore, in addition to saving on heating and food, steam also collects rainwater and uses waste from the toilet system as fertilizer. In the future, the family plans to develop a system that will collect solar energy in the summer and store it until spring.

If you want to be self-sufficient and not depend on larger systems, you can get it and live anywhere you want

Marie Granmar

Spouses from Sweden are not the first to build a house in a greenhouse. They were inspired by the example of local architect Bengt Warne, who built Naturhus in Stockholm in 1974. The house also allowed to reduce energy bills by 50%. Since then, several similar projects have been implemented in Sweden and Germany.

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