Family wraps home in greenhouse to warm up Stockholm weather

Family wraps home in greenhouse to warm up Stockholm weather

The average temperature in Stockholm in January is -3°C (27°F). For Marie Granmar and Charles Sacilotto it can be much warmer thanks to the greenhouse that blankets their home.

“For example at the end of January it can be -2°C outside and it can be 15 to 20°C upstairs,” explains Sacilotto. He was inspired to build a house-in-a-greenhouse through his relationship with architect Bengt Warne who began designing the first Naturhus (Nature House) in 1974*.

Originally Sacilotto looked for an empty lot to build an entirely new Naturhus, but he eventually settled on an old summer house on the Stockholm archipelago. Using Warne’s design, he covered the small summer house, plus an addition, in 4 millimeter glass. The footprint of the greenhouse is nearly double that of the home, leaving plenty of room for a wrap-around garden, and since inside the bubble it’s a Mediterranean climate, the couple now grow produce atypical for Sweden (e.g. figs, tomatoes, cucumbers).

The favorite spot is the glass-covered roof deck. Since there’s no longer need for a roof, the couple removed it and now have a large space for sunbathing, reading or playing with their son on swings and bikes.

The greenhouse isn’t the only novel point to the Granmar-Sacilotto home. They are also completely independent from city sewage. Built by Sacilotto- an engineer by training-, the sewage system begins with a urine-separating toilet and uses centrifuges, cisterns, grow beds and garden ponds to filter the water and compost the remains.

* In the video, Granmar mentions architect Bengt Warne’s influence in the 1990s since this is the date he reached a larger audience with his book release.

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  1. Super Liegebeest on July 13, 2021 at 2:21 am

    I think u make back the money for the greenhouse in a couple of years, less heating less maintenance on the house. Grow some fruits en vegies,some marijuana haha maby u need to replace a lot of windows after a hail storm but my grandparents had greenhouses that stood up for at least 40 years.

  2. tara mceown on July 13, 2021 at 2:23 am

    I like the idea but it echos and it’s kind of like having bars on the windows looking out to nature through the metal frame of the greenhouse. But great to grow fruit and vegetables year round

  3. Slonaut on July 13, 2021 at 2:23 am

    Compost toilets would’ve been a lot simpler and cheaper. Free manure for the plants. And 30-40.000 L of water saved per person, per year. 🙂

  4. RCPERIOD on July 13, 2021 at 2:24 am

    linseed oil on the siding… not strik a match.

  5. John Le on July 13, 2021 at 2:24 am

    Thermal mass heater is what you want

  6. Marlene Cardinahl on July 13, 2021 at 2:25 am

    Hey that was my idea

  7. angela_maria Enache on July 13, 2021 at 2:25 am

    What about in the summer? Is not to hot inside ?

  8. Jeannette Hibbert on July 13, 2021 at 2:25 am

    My man and I are debating if this would work in Canada.

  9. Nanette Sage on July 13, 2021 at 2:26 am

    So I am curious. If they were to have, perhaps put another layer of the greenhouse on the INSIDE, creating a pocket in the walls. Would that offer a larger amount of warmth in the winter and additionally reduce the heat in the summer? Potentially giving them a more equalized temperature throughout the year?

  10. khatuna sichinava on July 13, 2021 at 2:29 am

    This is a very interesting project. What material did you use in the window frames? Is it glass? In greenhouses as I know they use
    cellular polycarbonate. and In summer, when the temperature is high, how do you balance the inside temperature? Thank you

  11. Tourmaline on July 13, 2021 at 2:30 am

    I wonder how they prevent birds from smashing into the windows.

  12. Carole Huft on July 13, 2021 at 2:30 am

    Thank you for sharing I love that they are bi language couple like my great grandfather spoke German and English and my grandmother Gaelic

  13. Rory McInerney on July 13, 2021 at 2:30 am

    Is there any info on who designed it? I’m in Canada and would like to do something similar and wrap it around my tiny home.

  14. Red Cloud on July 13, 2021 at 2:31 am

    I thought about this many many years ago…long before I had money. lol Love your house!

  15. freshpootube on July 13, 2021 at 2:31 am

    Kids: Mum can we go outside?
    Mum: You are outside.
    Kids: No really.

  16. Josh LH on July 13, 2021 at 2:36 am

    Massive starting cost I would bet.

  17. h7opolo on July 13, 2021 at 2:36 am

    7:42 good question, i was wondering about that.

  18. Fat Cat on July 13, 2021 at 2:37 am

    Prey for no hale storms

  19. Gayle-Heather Condo on July 13, 2021 at 2:38 am

    You know if you put wind turbines meant for houses across the top off the greenhouse
    You could easily keep it warm in the winter by lining the windows with heat strips and not worry about extra electric usage
    Still using mother nature to keep greenhouse at a constant temperature year round

  20. haydeh abdolahian on July 13, 2021 at 2:41 am

    Wow wow 😯

  21. Miloje Nikolovski on July 13, 2021 at 2:43 am

    This is not a green house, how many raw materials are used for one house for one family, wood, metal, glass… how many energy is used to produce this house and now we save energy, we use what nature offers… regards.

  22. Taurus11 on July 13, 2021 at 2:44 am

    So when it snow,I guess it heavy and there may be fish the glass can it safe .🤔

  23. Queen Consciousness on July 13, 2021 at 2:45 am

    This is absolutely smart!!!!

  24. Dan Driscoll on July 13, 2021 at 2:48 am

    If they would start drinking the water, tiny amounts to start, they would become immune.

  25. Rachel Caruana on July 13, 2021 at 2:48 am

    How does this compare to an earthship? Perhaps putting an earthship into a greenhouse could be cool! Or shall I say… warm (;

  26. Anon Anon on July 13, 2021 at 2:49 am

    Next they’ll be putting a ship in a bottle 😉

  27. Andrew Lankford on July 13, 2021 at 2:50 am

    Do you ever worry about people throwing rocks?

  28. trust in god on July 13, 2021 at 2:51 am

    I am a young man from Iraq , my ambition is to marry a girl from Sweden who is interested in sanctuaries and crossbreeding plant seeds .I am fully prepared to travel to Sweden .

  29. Ciprian Todoran on July 13, 2021 at 2:54 am

    Wow factor 9 out of 10!! It is something you can do anywhere – just wrapping a greenhouse around a summer cottage will do the trick.

  30. Jon on July 13, 2021 at 2:55 am

    Add one btc miner and you are warm for life

  31. All Of Us on July 13, 2021 at 2:56 am

    Wat a lot of energy to make all that glass and aluminium.

  32. Eu So on July 13, 2021 at 2:58 am

    Respect from Siberia! Good! Nice 👍

  33. Andrew Lankford on July 13, 2021 at 2:59 am

    I wonder if you have problems like moisture buildup.

  34. Daniela Bravo on July 13, 2021 at 2:59 am


  35. Orbitty Jetson on July 13, 2021 at 3:05 am

    I bet that child owns zero baseballs, basketballs, or hockey pucks.

  36. Rosemary Bourne on July 13, 2021 at 3:10 am

    A follow-up video would be nice …..5 years later now

  37. María Beatriz Espinosa on July 13, 2021 at 3:11 am

    El único problema es cuando los pajaritos pasan y dejan sus huellas…(Little bird footprints???). Such a high standard of living is falling down…

  38. Erin Pelletier on July 13, 2021 at 3:11 am

    Such a silly question, but what did they use for a greenhouse? They said it’s not like none on market. Does the fair companies sell it or just shared the story as well.

  39. Anis Alam on July 13, 2021 at 3:11 am

    would a septic tank be sufficient, to deal with the toilet solids?
    the water then can be recycled to the green house, for the trees.

  40. Zer Setzung on July 13, 2021 at 3:12 am

    Any mould issues?

  41. Giorge Leedy's Snapshots on July 13, 2021 at 3:13 am

    It would be ideal for a hostile planet. On Earth, if you don’t like your surroundings, you can move. I would definitely move before living in a bubble. This house is not for me.

  42. GameSnippetsUK on July 13, 2021 at 3:14 am

    Imagine being on the roof terrace during rain….. dreamy

  43. Gavx Online on July 13, 2021 at 3:15 am

    For the low low price of 80k euros / 100k USD, you too can put a giant greenhouse around your home.

  44. h7opolo on July 13, 2021 at 3:17 am

    wonderfully thorough and fascinating system.

  45. Denise Chavis on July 13, 2021 at 3:17 am

    No fresh air

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  48. SpacekidKat on July 13, 2021 at 3:18 am

    omg id get so claustrophobic there

  49. MysticWendy on July 13, 2021 at 3:18 am

    Wow that looks amazing. But… Is there any mold in the house now?

  50. Puppy on July 13, 2021 at 3:19 am

    Perfect for my plants!

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