Sanctuary Issue 49

Issue highlights

  • Eight inspiring house profiles, including five studios, secondary dwellings and sensitive backyard subdivisions around Australia
  • Designers offer dos and don’ts for getting your build or renovation right from the start
  • Architects Declare: why 500 Australian architects have declared a climate emergency
  •  Why ceiling fans are the secret to feeling comfortable in any climate
  • Broccoli by subscription: community supported agriculture comes to Australia
  • Design workshop: architect Elizabeth Wheeler advises a Melbourne couple on how to transform their garage into a comfortable granny flat

House profiles:

Southern success story

A Passive House proved perfect for comfortable living in the challenging climate of Dunedin, New Zealand.

Mid-century modest

Preserving the essence of a 1950s home in Adelaide was the key for this budget-conscious extension project.

Among the vines

An off-grid Passive House provides comfortable no-frills accommodation on a vineyard in Gippsland.

Rich pickings

Building a new, highly efficient home in their backyard brings a Melbourne couple satisfaction and sustainability.

Prefab prototype

A little gem of a backyard studio was the testing ground for a larger project aiming for considered suburban density.

Living laboratory

A two-apartment development on a small block in Fremantle demonstrates an alternative to endless sprawl.

Self-built studio

Two young designers combined their skills and knowledge to create and build this modest home in the Adelaide Hills.

More with less

In the Canberra suburbs, this compact, energy-efficient secondary dwelling will give a retired couple the opportunity to age in place.

Design features:

Get it right from the start

Three design experts offer dos and don’ts for your sustainable build or renovation.

On the drawing board

Architect Ben Callery describes what can be done to turn around ageing 1990s-era townhouses with a sensitive renovation.

Architects Declare

Why Australian architects are taking a stand for the climate and biodiversity by declaring a climate emergency.

Design Workshop: Garage to granny flat

Elizabeth Wheeler advises a Melbourne couple on how to retrofit the redbrick garage in their backyard into a comfortable ‘granny flat’.

Broccoli by subscription

We explore the rise of community supported agriculture in Australia.

Fan club

Don’t dismiss the humble ceiling fan as a low energy way to keep cool in style and reduce your air conditioning use.

Climate resilient homes

Renew is spearheading a campaign to make our homes healthier, more affordable and more sustainable.