Sanctuary Issue 43

Issue highlights

  • Teeny Tiny homes SPECIAL
  • 5 tiny-footprint homes where you can live well with less
  • A super-smart 30 square metre house for two
  • Off-grid pacific island style
  • Mudbrick barn reno
  • Gas versus electric appliances
  • Tassie trail architecture
  • Hip pocket energy retrofits
  • Hemp takes strides
  • Nightingale’s apartment gamechanger

Issue content

Special: Teeny Tiny Triumphs

Five tiny footprint homes show what’s possible with a less-is-more lifestyle.

Less is more

When a 30-square-metre footprint is enough.

Pitched perfect

Compact and affordable in Geelong.

On cloud nine

Borrowing a Japanese small home concept.

Collective wisdom

A team effort for sustainable urban infill.

A marriage of minds

A multi-function Sydney micro apartment.

House profiles

Fancy formwork

An ‘expandable’ hempcrete house provides a dynamic home base for an active family.

Raising the barn

A mudbrick barn in central Victoria is converted into a pet-friendly, low-maintenance retreat.

Passion project

Two Tassie tree-changers create a low-bill space to pursue their various passions.

Model solar home

A house in Perth’s inner east provides a sustainable and efficient home for its recently retired owner.

Off-grid transformer

A Hawaiian getaway demonstrates how size restrictions needn’t get in the way of a functional, flexible, lovely home.

Design focus

When do investments in energy efficiency pay off?

We ask two experts to find out, plus include a case study to show how a 0.8 Star unit was upgraded to achieve 8.4 Stars.

Refining the model

The Nightingale model delivers affordable apartment communities with a firm triple bottom line of social, environmental and financial sustainability. What’s the secret

Gas versus electric appliances

Should you select gas or electric to fuel your new cooktop, heating or hot water system?

Design workshop: Slow transformation

Paul Downton offers advice and a plan of action for how a beloved farmhouse can be upgraded for comfort and reduced energy use.

Perennial challenge

The Merian Munjie Food Company is cultivating indigenous staple crops with the goal of achieving commercial-scale production.

Hike in quality

Tasmania’s investment in architect-designed walkers’ huts is paying dividends for wilderness tourism and hiker comfort.

Hemp and the budding regenerative materials industry

Building designer and hemp proponent Dick Clarke explains how it’s best used in housing and its role in regenerating local agriculture.