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ShelterSpace are building designers who specialise in Earth Sheltered Houses for Australian conditions and climates.
We have clients all over the country, and we travel to meet them and see their sites when appropriate.
We take the project from initial concept to final council approvals with fully detailed construction drawings.
Our work is done when you have council approval to start building . . . but we keep in touch with build advice if needed.
We've been designing earth sheltered houses for 40 years and during that time we've had well over 60 clients.
We've done the research and have refined the construction system to suit the Australian building industry.
Many our our clients are owner-builders - we assist them with emails, phone calls, photos and construction videos.
Earth sheltered houses are also known as 'Underground' houses.
No matter what you call them, they are the way of the future and ready for a changing climate.
We are seeing a huge increase in interest in this form of housing, as people see them as the sensible housing option for sites with high bushfire risk.
We hold regular Open House Tours - taking guests through four or five homes in the Adelaide Hills area that our recent clients kindly allow us to view.
It's a good opportunity to talk with someone who actually lives in a ShelterSpace home.
It is often the case that one or two homes are under construction at the time of the tour - very helpful for would-be owner-builders in the group!
Our earth sheltered houses stay at around 22 degrees in summer and may need some heating in winter if the sunlight through the windows is not enough.
Paul's interest in earth sheltered homes goes back to the 1970s. He was awarded a cadetship in Architectural Draughting with the Commonwealth Dept of Housing and Construction in Canberra in 1966 and graduated from the Canberra Technical College in 1970.
He served his national service with the Royal Australian Engineers and was posted as an architectural draughtsman to Duntroon Royal Military College ACT.
Paul obtained a building licence in 1978 and started a design & construction business to build earth sheltered houses for his clients in South Australia.
In the late 1990s he stopped building to concentrate on designing this form of home for clients.
In 2003 he launched ShelterSpace web-site and since then the business has grown to cover the whole of Australia.
In 2016 Dale joined him and will continue Paul's extensive work in this field when he retires . . . in a year or two . . . !
Dale met Paul serendipitously on an earth sheltered home building site and has been enjoying working with him ever since. He now works with Paul on the design and documentation of the ShelterSpace earth sheltered houses.
Dale is a practicing building designer / draftsperson with over 10 years experience.
After graduating from the Gordon Institute of TAFE in Victoria he worked for 5 years with a prominent Surfcoast building company establishing a strong foundation in bespoke design, construction, practicality and sustainable building practices.
His next role was within a local architectural office furthering his skills in project management & sustainable design through a wide range of unique residential & commercial projects.
Dale has also been self-employed, completing private work for builders and architects in both Victoria and South Australia, and has experience working on site with earth sheltered homes, straw-bale builds and traditional residential housing.
He is currently enjoying working and living in the beautiful Adelaide Hills.