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's 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 of two....!
Dale met Paul serendipitously on an earth sheltered home building site and has been enjoying working with him ever since.
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.
We believe in an individual experience - each design tailored to meet the needs of the client, their site, budget and climate.
Each new project incorporates lessons learnt over many years - we've done the research.
The construction system that we use is one that Paul has been developing and refining for 40 years. It is understood by the Australian building industry and uses well-known methods and readily available materials.
Most of our homes are built by local builders who the client has chosen, and who we are usually in contact with during the design and documentation process.
Some clients elect to self-build - our drawing sets are very detailed and we assist owner-builders wherever needed.