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This Family Lives a Surprisingly Warm and Cozy Life in the Arctic Circle

Their solar geodesic dome withstands the most forbidding and extreme weather conditions.

When you think of the Arctic Circle, an inhospitable world covered in snow and ice comes to mind. Add that to sub-zero temperatures, freezing wind, and perhaps even an abominable snowman encounter, and that would paint a perfect picture of the Earth’s icy north-most latitude.

Given this environment, most people would think the Arctic Circle is virtually uninhabitable. That isn’t quite the case, however.

The frigid, inhospitable Arctic Circle.

Source: Astronomy

One family has created a warm and comfortable home near the icy wastes, just along the far reaches of Norway.

A startlingly futuristic structure in the middle of nowhere.

If you chance upon Norway’s Sandhornøya Island, you’ll find the Hjertefølger family has built themselves a surprisingly comfortable dwelling.

They’ve been living in a three-story geodesic glass home since 2013.

Inside the futuristic “space station,” the 25-foot-high dwelling is made entirely from organic materials: sand, water and clay, among others.

Its a cob house.

Not only is the solar geodesic dome enclosing it functional, it also happens to be aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

Like a giant snow globe, only with the snow outside.

The Hjertefølger’s Solardome boasts of five bedrooms and two bathrooms for all six family members.

And a rustic living room overlooking a magnificent view.

More importantly, the dome protects them from the heavy snow, strong winds, and icy temperatures outside, while cutting down on their heating costs.

Especially in a three-storey house with many rooms.

Surprisingly, the dome also has a garden area with the perfect greenhouse environment.

The Hjertefølgers take advantage of this to grow their own green food.

Benjamin and Ingrid Hjertefølger farm apples, squash, cherries, cucumbers, melons, apricots, tomatoes, grapes, kiwis, and lots of herbs.

A green harvest in a corner of the earth that sees no sunlight three months in a year.

The interior is cozy and welcoming. It’s hard to believe the Arctic Circle is just outside its walls.

If not for the magnificent views.

The Hjertefølger family even gets to enjoy the Northern Lights display outside the clear glass on winter nights.

A sight to look forward to.

And to fall asleep to every night.

“We love the house; it has a soul of its own and it feels very personal. What surprises us is the fact that we built ourselves anew as we built the house.”

The Hjertefølger family has lived in the dome for the last three years.

“The process changed us, shaped us,” Ingrid explained to Inhabitat.

Source: Solardome UK

“Our house is amazing – we have been blown away by the magnificence of the dome and the life it is helping us to lead.”

Living in a dwelling unlike anything else.

“The atmosphere is unique. The house has a calmness; I can almost hear the stillness. It is hard to explain. But it would have been impossible getting this feeling from a house someone else has planned and built for us, or a house with corners and straight lines.” Hjertefølger said of their unique home.

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This $450,000-Worth North Carolina Farm Can Be Yours If You Win An Essay Contest

This could be your chance. Start writing!

Have you always dreamed of having your own farm? Your dream might soon come true in North Carolina, where a $450,000-worth farm is being offered to anyone who deserves it. And the catch? You need to win a 200-word essay contest!

It may sound too good to be true but that’s really how owner Norma Burns plans to give away Bluebird Hill Farm in Bennet. Burns has been looking after the farm for the last 18 years but now wants someone else to take on the responsibility.

Architect-turned-farmer Burns considers the organic farm her “everything.” However, there’s already too much work needed to keep the place in good shape and she can no longer keep up. She decided to move back to the city but not until she is certain that someone else – someone who knows what he or she is doing – will take care of her beloved farm.

This $450,000-worth organic farm in Bennet, North Carolina will be given to the winner of a 200-word essay contest.

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This House In Japan May Look Tiny And Narrow, But Wait Until You Get Inside

This narrow house will change the way you think about small houses.

When you happen to have acquired a triangular property that’s situated between a road and river in Japan, the best thing you can do is to have someone build your dream house that uses up the land as much as it could. That’s exactly what the guys at Misuishi Architects Atelier did to this tiny and narrow but surprisingly spacious Japanese home.

The house looks rather small from the outside but once you get inside, you’ll be jealous and it will definitely change the way you see small houses. The narrow house measures 594 square feet and it has two stories – not something you would expect. This is what exactly the family of three got from the architect firm. Check out the photos below.

This tiny and narrow home in Japan looks small from the outside.

It is built on a triangular property located between the road and the river.

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A Day in the Life of One of Etsy’s Top Sellers, Sara Barrett of Simka Sol

Etsy is all about handmade merchandise created by crafters. So what’s really going on behind the scenes?

Sara Barrett is a 31-year-old Etsy seller from Massachusetts whose online shop Simka Sol is a huge success. With her degree in Art and Design, Sara used her sewing and artistic skills to become one of Etsy's most prolific sellers - and she does this all by herself!

Here's what her typical day is like.

Sara starts her day off by walking her dogs and grinding up her morning coffee.

Source: Sara Barrett
She then heads to her 300-square-foot studio where she spends the first hour of her work day checking emails, checking her site, and looking at social media stats to get up to date.

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