Sustainable Renovation: When Less Is More

This character-filled farmhouse located in southern lutruwita/Tasmania was sustainably renovated to improve circulation and connectivity with the seasons, animals and productive garden space.

When Helen and Ronnie approached Jane Hilliard of Homeful by Designful to renovate their run-down farmhouse, they explained that they were tired of the dark interior, lack of circulation and sense of disconnection from the outside world. Helen and Ronnie’s choice of building designer was not happenstance, for Jane is well known in Tasmania for her ground-breaking approach to building design and commitment to rethinking the way the industry approaches both design and construction.

Jane believes the key to sustainability lies in a deep understanding of the needs and values of the client, balanced against the client’s own understanding of ‘what is enough’ for them. By tailoring the design process in this way, Jane believes we can minimise costs for the client, while also refraining from excessive and wasteful use of resources. The end result for Helen and Ronnie was a beautifully considered renovation which enhanced the vibrancy of their life, while also meeting their budgetary and sustainability goals.