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.
Adored for its thermal mass benefits and durability, concrete remains one of the most popular building materials in the world, but its shockingly high embodied carbon footprint cannot be ignored. Luckily, there are now a number of greener alternatives available. Jacinta Cleary examines how they have performed in three different homes.Read more
Concrete is a beloved building material for its thermal mass benefits, versatility, strength and durability, yet comes at the cost of shockingly high embodied carbon. Happily, more environmentally friendly mixes are coming online. Experienced sustainable designer Dick Clarke looks at the problem and some of the latest solutions.Read more
What does it cost to build a house in Australia these days? What factors are at play, and what’s the most affordable way? Late last year Sanctuary’s editor Anna Cumming moderated a panel discussion with three expert practitioners to dig into this subject.Read more