Sanctuary Issue 38

Issue highlights

  • Over 20 kitchen and bathroom designs
  • All-electric solar homes
  • Natural swimming pools
  • Cairns home adapted for the tropics
  • Sydney semi renovated with recycled materials
  • Sustainable strata: owners transform 7 apartment buildings
  • How you can avoid eco-design pitfalls
  • Optimise your solar system
  • Green roofs, efficient appliances and more
  • Sanctuary is Australia’s only magazine dedicated to sustainable house design.

Issue contents:

Greener kitchens and bathroom SPECIAL

We showcase the latest thinking in design, materials and appliances, and feature more than 20 beautiful green kitchen and bathroom projects.

Maintaining your kitchen and bathroom

You don’t need to resort to toxic chemicals to maintain the surfaces in your home, explains green cleaning expert Bridget Gardner.

Beyond the brand: Efficient appliances guide

In the market for a new cooktop, fridge or smaller household appliance? Lance Turner helps with your homework.

Common ground: Owner actions creating more sustainable strata

Seven apartment building case studies that show how green retrofits can save energy, money and improve liveability.

Lofty ideals

A modest extension showcases not only passive solar design but well-researched eco-friendly materials, some of them still experimental.

Tropical connections

Designed to provide ample shade and a seamless connection to the outdoors, we visit a Cairns home that’s perfectly adapted to the tropics.

Tranquillity base

Ian and Pam didn’t just want a sustainable and peaceful country home for their retirement; they wanted to enjoy the journey.

Recycled house

A Sydney semi is renovated using a palette of sustainably sourced materials, and bricks and timber salvaged from the original house.

Green roofs: getting past first base

Our two-part green roof guide will help get your project off the drawing board and into reality. Dick Clarke gets you past design obstacles and Elke Haege brings you soil and plant tips.

Natural swimming pools

With hundreds now built in Australia, we find out how natural pools can minimise the environmental impact of backyard bathing.

Optimise your solar

Is your rooftop solar system working as well as it should be? Solar energy pioneer Mick Harris helps you find out.

Design workshop: Blue Mountains

Architect Ian Sercombe workshops a Sanctuary reader’s plans for a strawbale home in the Blue Mountains.

Avoiding common sustainable design mistakes

Four experienced designers share their top tips for avoiding the most common pitfalls in sustainable design.