Sanctuary 54 out now: Renovation & retrofit special
Sanctuary 54 is our renovation and retrofit special, showcasing projects that give a new lease on life to existing buildings with careful upgrades and inspired additions.
These include a colourful Melbourne house featuring three ‘pod’ extensions for extra space, a traditional Brisbane Queenslander improved with the insertion of a courtyard, and an airy extension to a brick bungalow in Wollongong that connects it much better to views and sun.
We also visit an owner-built strawbale Passive House in Wanaka, New Zealand, and a low-maintenance home built for inveterate travellers on the coast south of Adelaide. Building expert Jenny Edwards explains the benefits of retrofitting with energy efficiency and thermal comfort in mind, and architect John Tallis describes what it took to complete one of Australia’s first renovations done to Passive House standard. Elsewhere, we look at how sustainable design can interconnect with bushfire resilience for those rebuilding in fire-prone areas and give you tips on keeping happy backyard chickens – plus much more.
There’s plenty of evidence that connection with nature is beneficial for both mind and body. We speak to the experts about designing gardens for improved mood and wellbeing, and what we can do at home to create green spaces that give back in a therapeutic way.Read more
As well as reducing your energy bills and your carbon footprint, upgrading your home’s building envelope can have a positive effect on your health and wellbeing. Health researcher Dr Toby Cumming explains.Read more
While timber is a renewable resource, its harvesting is often associated with deforestation practices that are harmful to the environment. We look at the current state of sustainable timber in Australia, and how to make sure the wood you use for your build is as responsible as possible.Read more