renovation

Granny flat upcycle

Instead of pushing them over and starting again, this Melbourne couple opted to retain and extensively refurbish their solid brick house and granny flat, integrating them to form a functional, generous family home.

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Sitting pretty

This sustainable addition to a period brick home in Melbourne’s inner north is carefully considered to be respectful of the original building, its immediate neighbours and its wider urban context.

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The makings of a sustainable renovation

Sanctuary 41 presents renovation success stories. Excellent renovations make the whole house better, reduce bills and improve comfort. Unfortunately, too many reno projects miss opportunities to reach their potential. We present you with our top eight design considerations along with real-world profiles that show just how good renovated homes can be.

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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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Style and sustainability

Part of our Greener Kitchens & Bathrooms special, this kitchen is the centrepiece of a carefully considered renovation.

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Hempcrete house

Building with hemp is still a novelty in Australia, but interest continues to grow. This house in inner-Sydney is built using hempcrete for its low embodied energy and excellent acoustic and thermal performance.

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Outside the box: An energy-efficient addition

An energy-efficient addition to a charming double brick home in Melbourne’s east bucks the trend for all new.

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New angles: sustainable renovation

Most architects and building designers want to design their own home at some stage in their career. For Matthew Duignan, from Mesh Design + Projects, a perfectly orientated but dilapidated weatehrboard meant opportunity beckoned sooner than expected.

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