TOB 221 March-May 2021

‘Never trust anyone to find your treasures for you. Find your own!
Children know that. That’s why they treasure seashells and little stones.’
– Mrs. Frankweiler

Real stories about real owner builders
On a morning beach walk, I picked up this perfect little shell. The ‘owner builder’ has long since vacated but the shelter it built is still strong, even though it has been tossed by the waves and bashed among the rocks. This is the way we should build our homes – solid and specific to our needs while mindful of the impact we have on the environment and others. Houses should not be built with a short 25 or 50-year life span but to last, to provide shelter for a few more generations after us.
The latest issue includes a shipping container home, resurrected timber loft, green roof, two stone homes, a kit home as well as a collaboration with the Earth Building Association of New Zealand EBANZ. On sale nationwide from 1 March 2021.

Hard copy back issues a thing of the past. The magazine will still be printed in hard copy each issue, and be available in that format through newsagents and to subscribers who are current at posting date. However, there will no longer be any hard copy versions of back issues available. All are still available as digital PDF versions – just remember to provide your email address when ordering.

TOB 221 March-May 2021
After investigating prefab/kit and relocatable options, Jake and Michelle settled on recycled shipping containers. They have built a comfortable, sustainable and affordable family home based around four containers, clad in spotted gum and using natural, recycled and repurposed materials as much as possible.

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