As you may have noticed, we’ve been diligently crafting a comprehensive step-by-step guide aimed at assisting you in designing and constructing your passive house or high-performing home in the most cost-effective manner possible. Today, we’re excited to offer you a sneak peek into our blueprint. We trust you’ll find this preview both informative and enlightening as you embark on your journey towards creating a sustainable and budget-friendly living space.

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Size really does matter here and is crucial factor to consider, and the principle of “less is more” holds true. Evaluate not only the actual house area but also the dimensions of your driveway and the extent of your outdoor living requirements. Question the necessity of extensive decking and pervasive paving.

The key lies in crafting a compact floor plan that creates a sense of spaciousness while minimising circulation space and hallways.


Consider a 2m wide hallway stretching 15m. This accumulates to 30 sqm, costing $150,000 at $5000 per sqm. Now, contemplate—would it not make sense to trim down the hallway size or explore alternatives?


Contemplate the necessity of a spare bedroom equipped with a queen or double bed, scarcely used throughout the year. Assume the room is 3.5 x 3.5 metres, adding an extra $61,250 to your build cost. Alternatively, convert a rumpus or study into a versatile space, serving as both a year-round functional room and a guest space for occasional visitors.


When considering circulation space, evaluate the need for a walk-in robe in every bedroom. A long built-in robe within the bedroom’s floor area serves the purpose, but a walk-in robe demands additional circulation space, typically 90 cm to 1m. Ponder if this is essential for all bedrooms.


Reassess the laundry’s layout. Could you opt for a European laundry tucked inside a cabinet? This doesn’t necessarily mean a cramped space; it could be an elongated cabinet accommodating appliances, a sink, and ample storage. Alternatively, merge the pantry with the laundry, creating a shared circulation space with dual functionality. In our own home, the pantry coexists with the laundry, offering convenience and efficient use of space.

Just some ideas.


Many families aspire to have a double garage, but the necessity for one is worth questioning. Cars, in reality, don’t require a garage; they fare well when parked outside. The desire for shelter from rain while moving from the car to the house is understandable, and a simple carport suffices for this purpose.

While clients often express the need for a garage to store items like bikes, tools, and garden equipment, we propose an alternative approach. Erecting a shed on your site is a cost-effective solution. Building a carport comes at a significantly lower cost than constructing a garage, allowing you to create a spacious carport with a roof, ensuring convenient access to your home. Meanwhile, a shed becomes the dedicated space for storing valuable belongings. Affordable off-the-shelf sheds are often available to meet various storage needs.

Building a garage solely for storing tools or bikes can be an expensive way to create storage space. In our own house, we opted for a single carport, and the second car is parked in the driveway. Our belongings find their home in a shed (yet to be constructed). The plan includes a small shed behind the carport for bikes and a larger one at the back of the block for various items.