Author: Laura Ryan

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]I met Kirsten Jacobsen and Ashton Wolfe of Eco Living Matrix through our mutual contact, Melissa Lind. At the time I was struggling to find a solution for my water recycling and Melissa suggested I speak to these...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]If you’ve read my article on avoiding greenwashing, you’ll know I’ve encountered some questionable products on my sustainable house odyssey. But on the positive side, there are some really excellent options out there for design materials, fixtures and fittings. Try...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]It really irks me when a company deliberately tries to mislead me into believing their product is sourced or manufactured more sustainably than it actually is. This is known as greenwashing and it happens all the time in...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]As part of my mission to be transparent about every part of my building process, I asked architect Paul Adams of Fairweather Homes to describe the briefing and design process. Now that we’ve just had the DA approved...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]I’m a big advocate of pre-fabricated construction for reasons I’ve spelled out on the building and design solutions page. My off-grid home will have lightweight timber-framed floors, walls and roof, all panelised and built off site. But not everyone...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]So I want to build a 100% off-grid, sustainable home. But I want it to be inner-city cool, without a hint of hippie log cabin. And my interior designer Denby Dowling is going to help make it happen. When...