Sanctuary issue 53

Sanctuary Issue 53


Take a look inside Sanctuary 53

Prefab & modular special

  • Profiles of six inspiring homes that make the most of prefabricated and modular construction to deliver high-performing homes while cutting building time and minimising waste
  • Just add space: Sustainable, prefab options for backyard offices and studios
  • Retrofitting advice for safer homes in fire-prone areas
  • Design Workshop: planning a fire-resilient, sustainable home on Kangaroo Island
  • The Builders Declare movement and a roadmap to making carbon zero homes mainstream
  • Design and create a native food kitchen garden

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Special feature: Prefab & modular special

House profiles

  • Eco-effective collaboration
    This young Perth couple worked with architect Sid Thoo to build an energy-efficient family home designed to lower their carbon footprint.
  • Dreams in action
    A pavilion-style home and office in Cairns makes good use of recycled materials, passive solar design and landscaping to achieve a sustainable tropical lifestyle.
  • Sideways step
    A small addition to the side of an Adelaide house brings in northern light and has dramatically changed the way the owners live in the home.
  • Riverside retreat
    This elevated granny flat on the Myall River in New South Wales used a hybrid prefab system for a fast, cost-effective build on a constrained site.
  • Signed, sealed and delivered
    Off-site modular construction provided a stress-free solution for this off-grid home on a spectacular site in the Snowy Mountains, New South Wales.
  • Urban modular
    Four stacked prefabricated modules form a spacious family home on a tight site in Melbourne’s inner suburbs.
  • Downsizing done well
    Prefabricated panels with a focus on condensation control were the right answer for a retiring couple’s new home in South Hobart.
  • Kitted out
    A young family opted for a ‘kit of parts’ prefab construction approach to create a lovely, affordable custom designed house on the Victorian coast.
  • Inspired by tramping
    A love of the New Zealand bush and walkers’ huts was behind the design of this family’s small prefabricated home in southern Coromandel.

Ideas & advice

  • Just add space: Sustainable, prefab options for backyard offices and studios
    What do you need to consider for a ‘quick and easy’ prefab backyard office or studio that also ticks the energy efficiency and sustainability boxes?
  • Beating bushfire: Retrofitting for safer homes in fire-prone areas
    Architect and bushfire design expert Nigel Bell outlines what owners of existing homes in fire-prone areas can do to retrofit for bushfire resilience.
  • A creative adventure with an old film set
    In On the drawing board, a pair of designers explain how a creative alignment with clients led to a playful design for some pre-loved buildings.
  • Design Workshop: A fire-resilient island sanctuary
    Kangaroo Island resident Mia Bertetto is planning a sustainable, fire-resilient home on a bush block with great sea views. Architect and bushfire expert Ian Weir gives her some advice.
  • Building a low carbon future: The Builders Declare movement and the path to carbon zero homes
    Jeremy Spencer outlines a simple roadmap to making carbon zero homes mainstream, the core aim of the newly formed Builders Declare movement.
  • Home-grown flavours: Designing a native food kitchen garden
    Looking to take your backyard vegetable garden up a notch? We look at what’s involved in designing and creating a native food kitchen garden.