You might not think that living in a greenhouse is a very good idea, but there are actually some great ideas why this will work.
Practically, you would reduce the need for artificial light and capture a whole lot of solar energy. It also means that you can have your kitchen garden right next to your kitchen and save money on heating and lighting. You will also have the perfect view of all your surroundings from every angle in the house. Greenhouses can be eco-friendly as well as eco-cosy!
Here are five different ways that designers are making this work with success.
In the 1950’s this property which was once a greenhouse on a large estate, was turned into living quarters, albeit fairly rough. Many years later it was purchased and turned into a family home.
Because the house is really unique, everything had to be custom designed. The owners wanted to work with the space and did things like turning the linen closet into a space to occupy the refrigerator. The kitchen with it’s framed roof makes for a light, airy place and has created a balance between old and new. Much more fun than living in a square box!
It was an architect who decided he wanted a greenhouse home. His plan was to build a normal house and then build a greenhouse round it. The glass shell around the Naturhus covers about 984 square feet, providing not only a sunny area but a warm environment for plants. The structure heated by an eco-friendly wood-burning oven along with a hot masonry heater. Additionally there is a large fruit and vegetable garden sustained by the grey water and compost.
Rue Voltaire Loft
Here we find a small prefabricated greenhouse structure which makes the kitchen space in this Parisian Lift. It was originally a warehouse with 1,100 square foot open plan. The owner has divided it into six smaller sections, aptly named as a village of six small houses. The greenhouse is used mainly for cooking as opposed to growing plants and is filled with sunlight. There is a centerpiece of a large pine tree in the dining room which can be seen from inside the glass enclosure
Pennsylvania Greenhouse Patio
Inspired by a nearby restaurant, this greenhouse was built with the idea of appreciating bright colors and a unique display of antiques. The patio was constructed out of recycled railroad tires. A beautiful succulent garden connects the main house to the greenhouse and there is a wonderful 360 degree view of the six acre garden. Featured in the greenhouse are concrete floors and a large fireplace for use in the winter months.
Camouflage House 3
Here we have a glass greenhouse which blends in perfectly with the surroundings, in a lush mountainous area of Japan. Designed to live harmoniously with nature there is almost a blur between where the house ends and the garden begins. Built entirely with natural materials, it will sustain plant life in the area. Comprising two levels with wooden slat stairs to the second level, it is temperature controlled and has a distinctly Japanese look to it.
Source: CBS News