Recent House Profiles

Copper House: green secondary dwelling

This 60-square-metre secondary dwelling on a narrow lot in Coogee replaced the original fibro shack. Designed for flexible use into the future and conceived by Takt, the building is designed as three boxes which step down the slope.

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Coastal gem: Freycinet Tasmania

Artists Tamzen and Sam Brewster imagined a low-energy creative sanctuary in the idyllic surrounds of Tasmania’s famed Freycinet National Park. The understated result appears almost of the landscape itself, even its name borrowed from the ground below.

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Recent Articles

Daylight your home

When investigating a skylight for your home, the first question to consider is whether you need sunlight or just light. With the advent of solar-powered LED technologies you can now bring ‘daylight’ into your home or apartment without compromising the building envelope – but if you want the real thing, there are several energy-rated skylights on the market. Dick Clarke explains.

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Green granny flats and studios: 10 of the best

As cities sprawl and become less affordable for many residents, the suburbs are seeing the rise of self-contained studios and granny flats. We look at the changing regulations controlling these small ‘secondary dwellings’ and feature 10 sustainable designs that are striking the right balance between urban infill, amenity and precious urban vegetation.

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More affordable and more sustainable?

The latest research shows that green homes can improve housing affordability over the life of a building with little or no additional upfront costs – so why does sustainable design not rate in the affordability debate?

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A better shade of grey: Grey water in your garden

Potable water is becoming the world’s liquid gold, and in the driest continent on earth, it’s priceless.
Horticulturist Michael Tanner outlines how you can help save this precious resource by going grey in the garden.

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