Is your house cold?

Do you spend too much on heating?

Are you hesitating between remodeling, turning down or even selling your house to solve the problem?

You are thinking of investing to solve it, but all the options do not add value to the rest of the house or to the new life you imagine in it?

You would invest money on an option that also adds a new environment and a new and better life for your home and your family?


In our Barcelona architecture firm ERA architects we have solved this problem by expanding an old house with a south greenhouse.

Chris’s house was a cold, old and humid house. Expanding this old house with an inhabitable greenhouse, Chris has achieved:

– extra space space (€ = + m2)
– climatizing naturally the old house (€ =  saving energy in winter)
– an interior winter garden (€ = winter oasis)
– maximizing natural lighting (€ = + natural light)


This project has been selected by the German publishing house Braun to represent architectural projects where light is a central aspect of design. This new book entitled The Sunny Side of Life is presented as follows:

Winter gardens are well-established elements of the architectural design of residential spaces. With their glazed structure, they absorb light and heat, offer protection from all climatic conditions, while suggesting an immediate connection to the surrounding landscape.

Through more than 40 exemplary projects, this volume shows how the concept of glass building shells is successfully interpreted in contemporary architecture. In addition to winter gardens in the classical sense as modern expansions to the residential space, multifaceted solutions of glazed facades covering entire residential structures based on the latest technologies are presented. What is more, a close look on the trend of living in greenhouse-like structures provides innovative insights into the area of ecologic sustainability and potential self-sufficiency.

Thus, The Sunny Side of Life presents an inspiring and technically informative overview of the future-ready potential of using glass in architecture.


Hope this is helpful!

Best of luck on this adventure.
See you on the next post,


Founder of ERA architects 

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