We visit studios, secondary dwellings and sensitive backyard subdivisions around Australia to explore density done well.
- Southern success story
A Passive House proved perfect for comfortable living in the challenging climate of Dunedin, New Zealand.
- Mid-century modest
Preserving the essence of a 1950s home in Adelaide was the key for this budget-conscious extension project.
- Among the vines
An off-grid Passive House provides comfortable no-frills accommodation on a vineyard in Gippsland.
- Rich pickings
Building a new, highly efficient home in their backyard brings a Melbourne couple satisfaction and sustainability.
- Prefab prototype
A little gem of a backyard studio was the testing ground for a larger project aiming for considered suburban density.
- Living laboratory
A two-apartment development on a small block in Fremantle demonstrates an alternative to endless sprawl.
- Self-built studio
Two young designers combined their skills and knowledge to create and build this modest home in the Adelaide Hills.
- More with less
In the Canberra suburbs, this compact, energy-efficient secondary dwelling will give a retired couple the opportunity to age in place.
Ideas & advice:
- Get it right from the start
Three design experts offer dos and don’ts for your sustainable build or renovation.
- On the drawing board
Architect Ben Callery describes what can be done to turn around ageing 1990s-era townhouses with a sensitive renovation.
- Architects Declare
Why Australian architects are taking a stand for the climate and biodiversity by declaring a climate emergency.
- Design Workshop: Garage to granny flat
Elizabeth Wheeler advises a Melbourne couple on how to retrofit the redbrick garage in their backyard into a comfortable ‘granny flat’.
- Broccoli by subscription
We explore the rise of community supported agriculture in Australia.
- Fan club
Don’t dismiss the humble ceiling fan as a low energy way to keep cool in style and reduce your air conditioning use.
- Climate resilient homes
Renew is spearheading a campaign to make our homes healthier, more affordable and more sustainable.