Downsize Up(grade) House

This is a story about downsizing; about aging gracefully and living fully, within your ecological means, in the place you love most - the existing garden of the family home.

The Down size Up House is a highly efficient 162m2, 8.8 star home nestled in a beloved suburban garden.

Built butting up to an old double storey stable (converted to garage & art studio), the new home is light, bright, warm, and healthy, with a stepless entry making access easy for the elderly clients.

Passive solar design, rainwater capture (14,000 litre), greywater reuse, environmental & healthy material selection, 5kw onsite solar, Sanden Hot Water, and wood heater make the most of the site, and a house that is very cheap to run.  This in turns leaves time and resources for the owners to make the most of their retirement in the place they love.

Subdividing off the front house and moving into a sustainable, accessible home in their beloved garden, allowed our clients to both finance their retirement and continue to live in the community they know and enjoy.


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National Sustainability Awards 2017 - Winner of the much coveted New Single dwelling


photo credit : Sarah Rickard and Positive Footprints

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