Many plastic bottles are quickly consumed and thrown away; yet when viewed from a design perspective, Alvaro Catalán de Ocón discovered that PET bottles had the potential to be transformed into a functional product.
Good prefab design can provide high-quality buildings, to budget and on time so a prefab solution for their renovation was just the ticket for this Melbourne family.
Kirsten Aberle and David Mason always knew they would renovate the 1920s red brick bungalow they bought in 2004. When daughter Elizabeth was born three years later, it was time to extend.
This family found a classic “Sydney School” designed house with a great north orientation, beautiful bush setting and good bones then set about improving their little piece of paradise.
These Natural Cabins are a testament to Noek Witzand’s three passions: the power of design, the beauty of the natural world and how both enhance ones well-being.
This wonderful holiday house was designed for a semi-retired couple but can accommodate their extended family when visiting. Compactness has been achieved by carefully designing space with multiple uses and clever storage solutions.
Caroline Pidcock provides an overview of this design challenge; an inspiring opportunity to create buildings that function elegantly and efficiently, now and as the future unfolds.
Memory is the essence of the Breuer House – gathering, sharing and making memories. This family home design looks out to a tree canopy and incorporates ideas of modernism, the bushscape and affordability.
Meet architect Caroline Pidcock and her design for a terrace renovation in Petersham delivery light and liveability.
Underneath George Bernard Shaw’s little writing studio was a manually operated rotating floor base. Check out the plans to see how easy it was to make.
Here’s our easy reference Liveability Poster Guide to Prefab and Modular Homes, which lists Australian prefab companies. Find out about the different approaches to prefabrication, and varying advantages and applicability for different projects.
Each year, more and more beautiful, efficient and smart homes are being built to promote a healthy, comfortable and affordable lifestyle. Here are are some standouts to inspire you!
Architect Ben Callery demonstrates how much joy can be found when one designs to connect people together within a building and its garden, using carefully chosen, life enhancing materials.
Built on an ultra-steep site on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, the prefab TEKTUM SPACE2.0 is a compact family home. See it “come to life” with a time lapse video of the 5-day construction.
Sustainable architect Caroline Pidcock shares her own renovation challenges with a historic terrace home in Millers Point.
When he came to buy his 1980s townhouse in Perth almost 4 years ago Alex Bruce, who runs the life cycle assessment company eTool, was keen to put his sustainable ideas into practice.
The Girasole House in Canberra is pushing boundaries of what’ is possible in home design and passive orientation. Operated by a touch screen panel, the home can fully rotate in less than 10 minutes so you can rotate with the sun.
Prefabricated and kit homes, or “modular” homes, are an alternative to conventional on-site new home construction. The home is built in an indoor factory and is shipped to the construction site for assembly.
The Eco-Challenge home is all about promoting the sustainable building industry whilst challenging home owners to build the most sustainable home they can afford.
Home owners Michael and Heather went to unprecedented lengths to integrate energy and water saving systems into their home. The result is an attractive house with a tiny environmental footprint.