Renovation

Downsize by design

Downsizing can be an emotional as well as logistical challenge, but such a mega transition can be made easier when the new home is designed to last a lifetime.

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Going up in the world

Careful attention to retrofitting the original house has resulted in a net-zero renovation and addition for this Melbourne family. A creative approach to the new roofline also allowed the inclusion of a second storey without overshadowing the neighbours.

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Renovation automation

It is possible to transform an old house with its temperature extremes into a comfy 8.4 Star home – and with the latest home automation tools, you can continue making improvements that reduce energy bills too.

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Green jewel

A subtropical renovation has not only connected a New Farm house with its lush garden but cleverly converted a rarely used swimming pool into a hydronic heating/cooling system. Open for Sustainable House Day 2017.

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Lofty ideals

This modest extension showcases not only passive solar design but also well-researched eco-friendly materials, some of them still experimental.

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Recycled house

A Sydney semi is renovated using a palette of sustainably sourced materials and bricks and timber salvaged from the original house.

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Running on the sun

Going off gas and installing enough solar to cover their needs was a big part of the brief for this high-performing, comfortable extension to an 1890 house in Melbourne’s east.

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Beyond brilliant

A narrow, dark, cold Northcote terrace gets a light, bright rethink, connecting it to the world beyond and allowing a young family to stay in their close-knit community.

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