Sustainable home design is mostly about common sense and whether you’re building or renovating, you may as well get it right from the beginning. A sustainable home should be energy efficient and cheaper to run. It should be durable and made from materials that aren’t going to harm you or the environment. It should take into consideration how your family might change in the coming years, and adapt accordingly. Waste during construction should also be considered, for both cost and environmental impact.
How does a sustainable home design benefit me?
- a comfortable home that specifically meets your needs
- maximisation of natural light
- low impact on the environment and a smaller carbon footprint
- lower energy bills
- a healthy (low or zero VOC) indoor air quality
- improved sound proofing
Here are some things we consider when designing a sustainable home:
- Passive design
- Heating and cooling
- Designing for your climate and site
- Sustainable materials
- Designing for the long haul
Investing upfront saves over the long term, financially and environmentally. A well designed eco home with great zoning, passive solar design, and efficient appliances and material used, will mean reduced bills for years to come.
Another important consideration for cost is size. A smaller (i.e. reduced) footprint is always going to be more sustainable and cost less than a “standard” home. Smaller homes require fewer materials to construct, less energy to run and maintain, and less water with fewer bathrooms.
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"Couldn't recommend this company highly enough, Jim & Mitch are very friendly and do a fantastic job. Although we designed our plan ourselves, they came up with some innovative ideas that truly made our house complete. Obviously there were a few changes along the way, but nothing was ever a problem, wouldn't go anywhere else, thanks again.".
"I had some house extension plans done, Mitch and Jim were great, made a few changes along the way it was no problem at all. super professional and great to deal with. highly recommend complete design and drafting and will use them in the future.".
"We have been in our beautiful home that you designed for us, for approximately 8 weeks now and.... we love it! I really wanted to take the time to write a note of thanks to you regarding the great effort in designing our home. You have a very down to earth and relaxed attitude which was a comforting change and more importantly you were keen to listen to us and work with the initial ideas and budgets we had for the build. You basically took some very early concepts and ideas that we had and developed, shaped and moulded a blend of our ideas and yours into a great family home. We are so happy with what you have done and would thoroughly recommend your services to anyone looking for a great company to deal with in home design".
Chris Parker, Bunya
We use Complete Design & Drafting’s services for all of our new home and renovation building work. Jim has developed designs for duplexes, new builds and renovations that we have then executed. We appreciate Jim’s professional approach and his understanding of not only our clients’ needs, but his ability to produce plans that are functional and practical. Complete Design & Drafting also offer the added service of liaising with engineers and certifiers which from a builders’ perspective, helps streamline the process.
Jay Atkins, Owner/Director/Builder – Jay Atkins Constructions
“Jim came highly recommended to us as we embarked upon our Queenslander renovation. He took note of our budget, wish list and worked with our sketches to design working drawings that our builder could easily execute. Jim’s prompt service and management of the renovation process was invaluable to us. We were well informed all the way and delighted to say, we now have the most beautiful house in our street! Thank you Jim – we have not hesitated to recommend you to our family and friends”.
Carla Burns, Owner & Creative Director, Vanilla Pod (Ascot) – Northgate
“We needed a design for a carport that was in a tricky space. We also wanted something designed that was bespoke to match our Queenslander cottage. Jim listened to everything we required and came up with an amazing design that we never would have considered including getting around a height issue. Not only did we have an amazing design but Jim made sure the whole process was complete all the way through to getting council approval within a tight deadline of 5 days. We would thoroughly recommend him and couldn’t fault his polite and professional service. Thank You”.
Zoe and Jonathon Hale – Scarborough
“I had some house extension plans done, Mitch and Jim were great, made a few changes along the way it was no problem at all. super professional and great to deal with. Highly recommend Complete Design and Drafting and will use them in the future.”
“We had a very positive experience with Jim & his team at Complete Design & Drafting. They listened to us & offered us valuable advice. Our renovation has added value to our home & we would highly recommend Complete Design & Drafting.”
“A very positive experience with Jim and his team. Knowledgeable in all required areas and very patient. My wife and I changed quite a few items throughout the process and it was never a problem. More than happy to provide detailed feedback, if required, to prospective customers. Costing was also competitive and reasonable.”
“Have dealt with Jim and the team on a number of projects over the last few years and they are absolutely fantastic every time. They are so easy to deal with, taking the time to understand the project and Council's requirements. This minimises potential delays at the other end so that the process is as smooth as possible.”
“I’ve had the good fortune of being assisted by Mitch at Complete Design & Drafting, where the service has always been helpful and professional. The response to any questions or plan changes was always prompt and accurate. I would have no problem recommending.”
“Jim was brilliant to deal with. Very friendly, accommodating and thorough. Having used a few draftsman over the years, this bloke is the best we have used. Great stuff.”
“The professionalism that Jim and his team demonstrate is second to none. He made the process very easy. Definitely would recommend these guys.”