Environmental Homes

Carwoola House

Featured in Sanctuary Magazine, click here to read the full article!

In 2012, we had the pleasure of meeting a couple who shared our impulse to create beautiful and sustainable environments. They engaged us to design an environmentally sustainable home for them in the country, and in 2014 we were thrilled to see this project come to life.

With an emphasis on Passive House Theory, the building incorporates triple glazed windows, is thermally wrapped, solar passive and entirely energy efficient.

The project is now completed and is sure to be a comfortable and beautiful home for many years to come.   

Ann, Owner & Occupant:

"Paul took a gentle thoughtful approach as he took us on a journey of thorough planning and design. we appreciated his sensitivity to our ideas, his clear explanations of technical stuff, his frank advice and quirky elements, On our visits to the office we were able to see first hand the skilled and courteous team that worked along side Paul. Our house is perfectly designed for our location, situation and the climate. The attention to detail, preparation and management of the contract served us well."

Hackett Gardens 

Dorothy Broom, Owner & Occupant:

"For several months after I bought the block where I planned to build, I researched and auditioned architects and designers. One after another, they showed that they couldn't meet one or more of my essential criteria: environmental expertise, interest in building for my ageing-in-place, ideas for a house that would be sympathetic with its old-inner street scape, a portfolio of aesthetically appealing work, and a capacity to listen carefully and respect the client. Just when I was ready to give up and take my own rough plans to a drafting firm, a friend recommended I talk to Paul Barnett. Reluctantly I did so, assuming it'd be more of the same. But I knew - on the strength of that brief first conversation - that Paul would design my new home. I did not anticipate how much I would enjoy the process.

The experience was a delight from the beginning: fun and funny, full of ingenious assignments for me and endlessly imaginative responses from Paul. It was a process of self-discovery as well as creativity. Paul was unfailingly professional, scrupulous to explain exactly what PBDG would do and how much it would cost, breaking the project into coherent components, and never assuming that he had the commission for the next step just because he had done the previous one/s.

His extensive network of top-notch craftspeople and engagement of a builder with high expectations of his sub-contractors all contributed to the grace and solidity of the house.

For most of the last decade, I have wakened each day grateful to live in a beautiful house that serves my needs for privacy and independence, even as it lets me offer hospitality to family and friends who come to stay and to groups who gather occasionally. It was an ideal setting in which to recover from major orthopaedic surgery, and I am confident it will once again be a supportive environment if I live to become frail."

Living the Eco Dream review.


Duffy House

Karen and Rick lost their house in the 2003 Canberra Bushfires.

They wanted to replace their damaged home with a four bedroom, environmentally sustainable house to cater for their family.

Reverse brick veneer was used in addition to solar passive Trombe walls to the north, with heat exchange louvres that let in warm air at night, creating a warm and cosy home.

Recycled timber floors and doubled glazed composite aluminium and timber windows help retain heat in winter and cool in summer, whilst a coffered ceiling amongst timber trusses enhances light throughout the home.

A waterharvesting system was implemented out the back for extended growth and water retention in the harsh Canberra climate.