Sanctuary Issue 65

House profiles

Mini homestead

In a small off-grid home in rural Victoria, built to a simple floor plan using local materials, this family lives closely connected with each other and their beautiful surrounds.

Years in the dreaming

Lifelong links to this Canberra suburb, combined with a long project gestation, produced a stunning new home for this young family.

Home base

Inveterate travellers Bill and Michele built a small, simple home base on the New South Wales central coast that their friends could use while they’re away.

Wetland wonder

Designed for Adelaide’s hot summers and cool winters, this updated heritage home supports biodiversity in the city with its native wetland courtyard.

More than meets the eye

Originally a volume builder display home, Nick’s Townsville house exemplifies design for sustainability and energy-efficient comfort in the tropics.

Pretty in pink

Cool pink and white inside and out, this subtropical home challenges the status quo – and not just with its colour scheme.

Airy flair

A minimalist renovation to their 1970s Queenslander unlocked natural ventilation, energy efficiency and more useable space for this Cairns family.

Ideas & advice

Easy breezy: Sustainable design for the tropics

Four experts from across northern Australia offer their thoughts on the fundamentals of great tropical design, and tell us a little about a favourite project.

On the drawing board: Designing for intentional community in the tropics

In Malanda on Queensland’s Atherton Tablelands, a house is taking shape that bucks convention, designed for harmonious communal living as well as top-notch performance in its tropical climate.

Beyond BAL: The hunt for true resilience

As part of ongoing work to support communities rebuilding after bushfire, Renew is showcasing homes that demonstrate resilient design and building practices that go beyond simply meeting legislated bushfire building requirements.

In praise of Accoya: Eco-friendly, long-life modified wood

Building designer and recreational woodworker Dick Clarke takes one hardwood alternative for a test run.

Design workshop: Shack shakeup

James Goodlet of Altereco Design gives a Victorian beach shack an overhaul for thermal comfort and more living space.

Outdoors: Wisdom on fire

Chris Ferreira’s FireWise program is dedicated to inspiring resilient landscapes and communities in the face of bushfire.

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