Special feature: Renovation & retrofit special
- Between mountains & sea
This renovation and extension of a family home on the New South Wales south coast marries the original brick cottage with a new living pavilion, making the most of the site’s northerly aspect and views.
- Adding by taking away
An airy renovation retained the distinctive characteristics of this classic Brisbane Queenslander, improving its passive solar design and internal arrangement while minimising demolition, resources and footprint.
- Pod people
Clever use of a narrow extra space allowed an inner suburban Melbourne family to extend their home without encroaching too much on their back garden.
- Pushing the envelope
Building the first strawbale Passive House-certified home in the southern hemisphere posed some significant challenges for this New Zealand couple, but they prevailed.
- Labour of love
You might have thought it impossible, but House of Red Dogs in Canberra’s leafy Lyneham offers a desirable model for a green rebuild.
- Base camp
This sustainable seachange home in a South Australian ecodevelopment makes a perfect base for adventurous road trips.
- Three-garden house
A clever alteration and addition have transformed not only this small Sydney house, but also the owners’ emotional connection to their long-time home.
- Pared back
By the time it was eventually built, Bob and Patsy’s expansive family home in the ranges west of Brisbane had evolved into an efficient, accessible cabin that fits the two of them like a glove.
Ideas & advice
- Creating cosy: Retrofitting for energy efficiency and thermal comfort
With the right advice, many existing houses can be judiciously upgraded for a fraction of the cost of a new build. Building scientist Jenny Edwards explains where to start and what’s achievable.
- Energy efficiency front and centre: A renovation case study
Rather than starting again, this Melbourne couple opted for a comprehensive renovation of their well laid out but inefficient home, achieving huge energy savings and much improved comfort.
- 2021: The year of Passive House?
Passive House is gathering momentum down under. Sanctuary’s editor chatted with two expert practitioners about the benefits of the building standard and whether it’s poised for a great leap forward in 2021.
- A Passive House renovation that’s ready for another hundred years
In On the drawing board, architect John Tallis tells the story of pursuing Passive House certification for the renovation of a century-old Victorian cottage.
- Design Workshop: A functional farmhouse that performs
Lauren and Andrew are building a new home for their family on their dream block in rural northern Tasmania. Local designer Uta Green is on hand to help.
- Double benefit: Designing for both bushfire resistance and thermal performance
A bushfire-resilient home can also be a very energy-efficient home. In this article adapted from our new Green Rebuild Toolkit, building designer Dick Clarke explains how to design for both.
- Birds of a feather: Adding chickens to your sustainable backyard
Keeping chickens can have many benefits, but there are important considerations to ensure that they are kept safely and sustainably. Experienced chook owner Lance Turner explains some dos and don’ts.