Sanctuary 38 out now

Issue 38 Words: Kulja Coulston, Editor Photography: Hilary Bradford

This impressive passive solar extension designed by Baker Drofenik Architects is the cover feature for Sanctuary 38. For these homeowners, their building project was a chance to explore experimental eco-friendly materials.

Sanctuary 38 is on its way to letterboxes and newsagencies near you, full of advice and inspiration for sustainable living and building. In addition to beautiful house features, in the upcoming issue we delve into the world of kitchens and bathrooms and profile some of our favourites. Kitchens and bathrooms are the most renovated parts of a home because they are among the most personal, reflecting something of our values and culture. They also need to be functional spaces, able to cater for the business of living, such as intense use and regular cleaning. Over 24 pages, we consider what it means to ‘green’ these spaces and explore different designs, new and recycled materials and practical cost-saving ideas. We also bring you expert tips on efficient appliances and show you ways to maintain surfaces without resorting to toxic chemicals. I’m sure you will find lots of ideas to inspire your own projects!


More of us are now living in apartments, and apartment construction is outstripping single residential dwellings almost two to one in Australia’s major cities. Unfortunately, the poor quality of many of these buildings is now daily news fodder. But we hear little about when urban density is done well – such as a new project in WA – and even less about what apartment residents can do to improve the liveability of their buildings. In this issue’s Design Matters, Anna Cumming shares stories of resident-led improvements, including energy action plans and living roofs.


We visit four exemplary homes including an impressive passive solar extension which experiments with new materials; head outdoors to dip into the world of natural swimming pools; and help you optimise your solar system. Design Workshop returns this issue too, and architect Ian Sercombe provides design tweaks for a Sanctuary reader’s strawbale house planned for the Blue Mountains. If you would like your project to be workshopped next, please email us:

And as always we feature a wide range of innovative sustainable products and design tips for your home.

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Cover of Issue 38
You can read more about Sanctuary 38 out now in Issue 38 of Sanctuary magazine.

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Did You Know?

Up to 60 per cent of the water used in an average home is used outside.

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