Megan Mayer 2/18/2016
In January, the average temperature in Stockholm, Sweden, is 27°F (-3°C). Marie Granmar and Charles Sacilotto decided to upgrade their summer home so that it is also a comfortable place to live in the winter. Around their summer house they built a larger greenhouse, using the energy from the sun to heat up their home in a natural way.
Charles was inspired to build this house-in-a-greenhouse by his relationship with architect Bengt Warne, who began designing the first Naturhus (Nature House) in 1974. Their internal house is now easier to take care of because they do not have to worry about it being affected by rain or wind. The greenhouse they built is like any other normal greenhouse. They have left enough space between the house and greenhouse to be able to grow a garden all around them. Since the greenhouse creates basically a Mediterranean climate inside, Marie and Charles are able to grow produce that normally can't survive in Sweden.
They also get to have a roof deck, open on the inner house and covered just by the glass roof of the greenhouse. They can sunbathe, read, or play with their sun up on their terrace. They also have panels they can open in the summer so that it doesn't get too hot. Their unique home is a creative way to live comfortably with their natural environment.