Melbourne-based downsizers Howard Elston and partner Libby wanted a smaller environmental footprint home but found themselves adrift in a sea of emissions-intensive, oversized homes.
For them, DIY seemed like the only choice.
The couple spent two years searching for the perfect site and finally landed on a spot in Ringwood East, in Melbourne’s outer eastern suburbs that, met all their requirements. The only problem? A touch too big. So big, in fact, that it could fit three ultra-sustainable homes instead of one.
Speaking to The Green List in the lead up to Sustainable House Day, which will feature one of the homes, Howard said that the extra two dwellings allowed the pair to cover the cost of their own home.
“No one involved in the project wanted a big profit, we all wanted to walk away feeling good without taking a massive hit.”