Sanctuary Issue 63

House profiles

An alternative vision

A new house in Perth’s inner suburbs puts forward a fresh model of integrated sustainable living for a young family.

Heritage haven

Mark and Trish’s renovated heritage cottage in Adelaide is now the most comfortable home they have ever lived in.

All decked out

A mid-century gem on a steep Melbourne site becomes even cooler with a geometric deck and pergola.

Mid-century modernised

This renovation of a historic Canberra home resulted in a smaller footprint plus vastly improved natural light and thermal performance.

Quiet achiever

Thick hempcrete walls contribute to the peace and warmth inside this lovely central Victorian home.

A new approach

Mark and Megan’s off-grid family home on the Sunshine Coast was a test case for the spray application of hempcrete.

Small wonder

Hemp was a help for meeting the bushfire building requirements on Kamil and Vercha’s Blue Mountains block.

Ideas & advice

Heard about hurd? The latest on hemp building in Australia

Building designer Kirstie Wulf explains what’s to love about building with hempcrete, and the latest developments in the local industry.

Hemp home case studies

We look at four lovely homes that used a range of hemp construction techniques, and speak to their owners for their top tips on building with hempcrete.

Handling history: Opportunities and challenges for upgrading heritage homes

A heritage listing on your home prevents modern upgrades, including sustainability measures – right? Not always, writes our expert team.

Champions of connection

The inaugural National Biophilic Design Awards aim to help us reconnect with the natural world. We take a look at the winners.

On the drawing board: A place to live, work & share

A Brisbane architect couple introduce their LiveWorkShare House, designed for a multitude of living and working arrangements.

Design Workshop: Light, airy and secure beachside living

Tomas O’Malley helps with a design for a beachside home near Bundaberg in subtropical Queensland.

Less lawn, more life?

Ditching or reducing lawn areas in favour of native gardens can be hugely beneficial for local biodiversity.

Campaign update: Is Australia’s love affair with gas finally ending?

Renew’s Getting Off Gas campaign lead Rachel Goldlust explains the heightened urgency to the question of how we power our homes, and how you can get involved.

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