Sanctuary Issue 57

House profiles 

Surprise package

From the street, there is little to hint at the transformation that turned this Canberra ugly duckling into a swan.

Wedge of calm

Personal setbacks and a seemingly inhospitable location proved no impediment to this distinctive Passive House in inner Melbourne.

Ticking all boxes

Jenni and Lance’s 8.7-Star Perth home is designed for thermal performance, ageing in place, health, community connection and a love of gardening.

The accidental development

A pair of Melbourne retirees sets the standard for ‘empty nests’ of the future, building their ultimate sustainable home and a couple more for good measure.

Resilient at heart

Emma and Paul’s modest Malua Bay home has seen their family through bushfires and pandemic disruptions in comfort.

Three into one

Beginning with three salvaged buildings trucked to site, this airy family home in Brisbane’s west is finally complete after years of owner-builder love.

Playing for keeps

To create their Sunshine Coast home, one couple bought and transported an unloved old house and rejuvenated it with reclaimed and second-hand materials and vintage finds.

Ideas & advice

Old house, new place: The lowdown on relocated homes

Creating your new home by relocating an old house is perhaps the ultimate exercise in recycling. We explore the pros and cons.

Case study: Tree change for an Edwardian bungalow

Relocated from city to country, extended and upgraded, this century-old house is just about ready for its next hundred years.

Design powerhouse: Remembering Derek Wrigley OAM, 1924-2021

Jenny Edwards offers a moving tribute to Derek Wrigley, Canberra architect, inventor, educator and polymath, who passed away last winter aged 97.

Choosing the right windows: What do you need to know?

When choosing windows for your highperforming home, it’s not just about specifying double glazing.

Your Home turns 20

Dick Clarke and Caitlin McGee take us on a tour of Australia’s award-winning guide to sustainable homes, how it came about, and what’s new in the 6th edition.

On the Drawing Board: Hitting the high notes

Adelaide designer Ruth Nordstrom tells the story of SUHO’s recently completed 10-Star and 8.2-Star high-performing homes.

Design Workshop: Balancing acts

Anika and Corey’s stunning home site outside Broken Hill in far western NSW will require some design balancing acts. Rowan Brown of Lai Cheong Brown offers some guidance.

Shades of green

Millie Ross shares her approach to creating a quick-growing, rewarding garden, with a focus on renter-friendly summer shading using plants.

Climate Resilient Homes campaign update: Feeling the heat

Australia is failing to prepare our homes for extreme heatwaves – and it comes at a cost. Renew’s Sustainable Housing Advocate Rob McLeod reports on the situation.

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