Back to basics

Back to basics

Good design need not be expensive – as architect Andrew Kerr demonstrates with his Tassie ‘apple crate shack’ built to 7.1 Stars on a $100k budget.

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Rising from the earth

Rising from the earth

Traditional local materials and an innovative spiral design with a green roof combine to offer a simple, sustainable lifestyle for this tree-changing family in Japan.

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Hilltop hood

Hilltop hood

Built on an Adelaide Hills block no one else wanted, a small house draws on big design thinking to overcome several major site constraints.

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Shedding light

Shedding light

Passive solar, 8.8 Stars and tucked neatly into the backyard in place of the original shed, this light-filled secondary dwelling on Sydney’s North Shore is an exemplar of sustainable downsizing.

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A better way up

A better way up

This studio dwelling above a laneway garage in inner Sydney is both a comfortable, compact place to live and a benchmark for this type of development.

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Tiny homes, big community

Tiny homes, big community

The movement to build tiny houses on wheels continues to gather momentum in Australia, and we’re excited that so many are throwing open their doors this year for Sustainable House Day.

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On cloud nine

On cloud nine

This New Zealand architect borrowed a Japanese compact house concept for his own small home, achieving an uplifting living space in a mere 50 square metres.

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Collective wisdom

Collective wisdom

Subdividing her backyard to build a small-footprint house for herself has allowed Vicky Grosser to show how appropriate development can improve the sustainability and affordability of our cities.

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