Eco-Tiny Homes! A Greenhouse is built around a house to warm it naturally!
You won't believe what can be done with Eco-Tiny Homes! A Greenhouse is built around a house to warm it naturally! It's like nothing you've seen before; it completely changes the way this Swedish family lives. I've never seen anything like this Eco tiny house before. Imagine living in a tiny house that is surrounded entirely by a greenhouse. It seems a bit surreal at first, but once you watch the video about the whole project, it makes sense, as a way to keep your tiny home warm and energy efficient all year long.
For most people in northern climates, the winter months can be cold and dark, and that means finding creative ways to stay warm, for some that means wearing more layers of clothing, for others that might mean having a wood stove inside that adds additional heat. But this idea is most likely one of the most unusual ideas that you will come across for keeping warm during the winter. Building a greenhouse around your already existing tiny house as a way to heat it up, is a big project, but this project by a family who lives near Stockholm, Sweden was a wise move. The family renovated an existing summer home and added a greenhouse structure outfitted with single pane glass around it. This interesting concept was first thought of by Swedish architect Bengt Warne in the 1970s and was called Naturhus, which translates to Naturehousing. The video on the site gives us a glimpse into how the self-sustaining home works.
Marie Granmar and Charles Sacilotto, are the owners of this unique tiny home and were inspired by Warne's work, so they built their version of the Naturhus several years ago. So they found a property that already had an existing summer tiny house and built a conventional greenhouse around it. The building project cost them approximately $84,000.
The original idea behind the Naturhus was to create a type of home that would collect the sun, so the flows of nature could be best utilized to produce energy, air, cleaning water and compost in the climate of Scandinavia. The tiny home of the couple follows the same principles of this concept. They built their own centrifugal wastewater treatment system so that the solids could be separated from the urine; it would then be purified by plants and sent to the couples garden. The greenhouse also manages to lengthen the growing and gardening season of the area, so they can grow Mediterranean plants such as figs while at the same way also cutting down on heating.
The exterior spaces of the tiny house, were once exposed to the outdoor elements, are now able to be used all year long. From the outside deck to the rooftop patio, which was changed from being just a roof, to outdoor living space that can be used all year long. This Naturhus is an innovative idea that is not only an amazing way to keep the tiny house warm, but the tiny house is also protected from the elements. This type of house would not work in climates that are extremely hot and sunny, but works for tiny house and homes that are colder. It works for northern climates, and can offer a great alternative to cut down on heating bills, and to extend the growing season and be more self-sufficient. On the TreeHugger site, you will find sustainability made stylish. You will find all sorts of environmentally friendly design, technology, business, science, energy and social ideas to think about.
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