Amazing Life Nature

By Lucy Notarantonio


A couple have built their very own eco-friendly quirky home underneath a dome.

Ingrid Marie Hjertefølger, 38, and her partner Benjamin, 34, previously lived in a four-bed wooden home before building their dream home.

The three-story cob house – a building made from natural materials – sits underneath an incredible solar dome located on an island on the south of Bodo, Norway.

Ingrid, who is a nurse, was seeking an eco-friendly home where she could grow her own fruit and vegetables but it soon became apparent, it would be easier to build their very own.

The household bills have been slashed in half as they use minimal electricity and their hot water is created by solar collectors.

Mum-of-four Ingrid said: “We are a vegan family who practice a sustainable lifestyle.

“We wanted an eco-friendly home to call our own.

“We drew the house and built it using straw, clay and sand.

“We paid someone to build the Solar dome which is made from aluminium and glass.”

The couple spent £298,640 [$403,000] to build the home.

Living off homegrown vegetables and solar power, the family almost life for free – meaning every penny was worth it.

The dome’s diameter is 15 metres and 176m2 whilst the cob-house is 240m2 which is larger than a single tennis court.

Her children Julia 16, Gabriel 14, Aron, 11 and Alvin, five, now all have their own bedroom in the five bedroom home.

The rustic home also has two bathrooms, a dining room, a garage, and a deck at the top of the dome to look out from.

She adds: “We used to rent a four-bed wooden home – now we have five bedrooms and couldn’t be happier.

“We don’t miss anything about living in a ‘normal’ house.

“All of the materials used were reclaimed.

“We use less heating and eat locally grown organic food from the greenhouse.

“We have a water recycling system that turns all our wastewater into fruits and vegetables and clean water leaves the house.

“The only excess water from the household used for watering the plants.”