When we started dreaming about building a sustainable home we were frustrated to discover these types of homes seemed reserved for two categories – big budget architecturally designed masterpieces or hardcore green homes with owners who didn’t mind sacrificing comforts and lifestyle.
We didn’t fit either category.
So we set off on a mission to smash the stereotypes of the building industry.
Surely it was possible to build a passively designed, energy efficient, off-grid, beautiful home on a budget without a life of sacrifice?
What we quickly discovered was a huge information gap.
So we hope that by sharing our home and our journey we will continue to disrupt the status quo, to help any of you who are building, renovating, extending (or just dreaming of) to access simple, independent information and become believers that homes CAN be built better, use less and still be comfortable and affordable.
Land size: 22 acres
Prior use: Sand extraction mine
Location: Kyvalley in Northern Victoria
House size: 28 squares, four bedrooms, two living
Power source: Off-grid – 8kW solar panels with 24kWh lithium battery back-up
Building Materials: Recycled timber, bricks, zincalume, concrete, steel & lots of glass
Builder: We are owner builders and employ local builder Leigh Huggard
Design: Two north facing interconnected pods
Brick: B grade recycled reds
External cladding: Spotted gum
Deck: Iron bark
Floors: Burnished concrete for improved thermal mass
Windows: Double glazed black allumium
Cooling: Ceiling fans in every room and evaporative cooler
Primary Heat Source: Biofuel heater currently burning feed grade wheat
Secondary Heat Source: Gas log fire for quick top ups
Shearing Shed House includes the following sustainable design principles…
local trades & suppliers
For comprehensive info on the build head to
Or read about Bullara, the 100 year old farm house we renovated using passive design principles.