The team from The Designory, along with B2 Construction, have been hard at work pulling together some clever ideas for a new client in Philip Bay who want to push the boundaries and build “lightly”.  But what does that really mean?  We all know about solar power, LED lights and water tanks, but how far can you really go when trying to tread lightly on our land.


The answer, of course, is only as far as your imagination, ingenuity – and budget – will allow!  Building in an environmentally friendly or sustainable way can be costly.  New technologies, untested ideas and the additional work required to really find the right solutions often stops clients from even considering some of the available options.  But it needn’t be that complicated.  A little research and a commitment to trying to do even a few things just slightly different can still have a positive impact on our environmental footprint when building your dream home.


We’re combining quite a few ideas to bring this project together in a way that meets the client’s brief for a budget friendly and environmentally friendly home for their young family.  A very passionate and socially conscious client, they’re focused on the ideas of connectedness – connectedness with their home, their family unit and their community so we have kept this at the forefront when bringing the plans and concepts to life.






Ideas being melded together through great debates and brainstorming sessions include .

  • a much smaller physical footprint on the land than a traditional renovation.
  • the creation of multi-use areas and zones in the form of pods – both internal and external.
  • green roofs and walls; not just for their looks but for the benefit to naturally cool the house and improving air quality.
  • cost effective rudimentary building materials requiring little to no finishing processes and maintenance.
  • re-thinking the use of all areas of the block including extending their living areas to the front yard with vegetable planters partially private but inviting to the neighbourhood as well.
  •  And of course, all of the usual suspects are on the agenda as well – solar power, cleverly positioned water tanks under decks, grey water systems, LED lighting, Low-E glass, clever insulation, and passive solar design with living areas utilising morning and afternoon sun and sunken pods allowing light into internal spaces.

But it wouldn’t be a fun project without some cool ideas like plywood clad kids rooms, glass enclosed reading nooks, pivoting full height doors, an indoor ensuite opening to reveal an outdoor bath, concrete walls, and feature gardens cascading from a front timber façade.  Check out our initial concept ideas and stay tuned for more to come!