Sanctuary Issue 27

Issue 27 features:

  • The living, kitchen and bathroom special
  • Winter escapes
  • Hydronic heating
  • How to choose your architect
  • Plants to shade your home that you can eat

Issue Contents:

Handmade with love

Building a new house out of old materials was a singular vision for a Perth couple.

Texture & light

A renovation and extension to a 1920s Melbourne home blends open-plan living with discrete spaces to maintain its character and improve its liveability.

Beach shack revival

Nestled below the protective ridge of Point Lookout on North Stradbroke Island sits Timbin Timbin, a beach shack and its recent lightweight extension.

Small, smart & detailed

Firm ideas and a collaborative effort by homeowners and architects made this small passively designed home bright
and roomy.

A delightful addition

A new addition makes a small Northcote cottage light, warm, functional and cosy.

Ipswich infill

The owner of this small urban infill block in Ipswich, Queensland, was eager to minimise excavation and preserve the existing vegetation when building her new home.

Three-garden terrace

Layout changes, double glazing and a creative approach to outside spaces transforms a small Sydney home.

Kitchens & bathrooms in profile

From rustic to retro, upcycled to offgrid.


Substantial energy and water efficiency gains can be made (and lost) in your kitchen and bathroom. Here, we consider some of the big-ticket energy and water-using appliances for the kitchen and bathroom.

Detailed finish

A new take on open-plan living.

The green line

An apartment makeover.

Cottage views

A modest intervention to take in the views.

A good night’s sleep

How do you make your bedroom the most comfortable, restful and healthy room in your house? Interior designer Megan Norgate steps through the basics of good bedroom design and fitout.

Winter escapes

Thinking about getting away? Here are a few of the many beautifully-designed getaways that sit lightly within their environments.

Winter comfort – heating options for cosy homes

What’s the most environmentally responsible way to keep warm in winter? It’s a tricky question, writes energy efficiency expert Alan Pears.

Choosing your architect

Architect Stephanie Skyring provides some advice about how to find the ideal architect for your new or renovated sustainable home.

Hydronic heating

As most of us look forward to relief from heat waves and bushfires, we must also deal with winter’s downside – the need for heating.

A space reclaimed

An old, decrepit scout hall has been transformed into a community arts space using mostly salvaged materials.

Edible shade

Some plants will help you stay cool on hot summer days and produce fruit and veggies for your taste buds.