Making homes and urban spaces off-grid.
Resilient.
Sustainable.
Beautiful.

Before and after pictures of The Nook. Showing the transformation.

Whole Systems Design

We don't just offer sustainable solutions independently, we integrate them through a whole systems design process. Because with sustainable solutions, everything is related.

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The value of design

Your water, waste, garden, energy, neighbours, buildings, swimming pool. They are all related and need to be designed accordingly. A borehole contractor, landscaper and architect are all doing isolated jobs, who is tying these all together

Andy Jamieson - Owner, Leaf & stone

The market value

“My gut feeling is that most people today probably would be prepared to pay a premium for a green home. Certainly, these homes are becoming far more in demand and are indeed more ‘sellable’ over the traditional home.”

Anthony Stroebel
General Manager, Pam Golding Properties
Green Building Council South Africa
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Self-reliance

No longer at the mercy of load shedding and water restrictions.

Case Study

The Nook (Eco Home)

An existing timber frame home that was renovated / retro-fitted into a off-grid sustainable eco home in 2017.

LOCATION

Kalk Bay, Cape Town, South Africa

OFF-GRID STATUS

Disconnected from council water & sewerage since 2017.

CLIMATE

Warm mediterranean climate with mild, moderately wet winters and dry, warm summers. 475mm rainfall p/year.

FOOD FOREST

160sqm food forest with 21 fruit trees including oranges, apples, papaya, avocado, mango, nectarines & pomegranite.

BIO-DIGESTOR

All sewerage from the house is diverted into an underground bio-digestor which creates cooking gas for the kitchen.

OTHER GREEN FEATURES

Greywater Wetland
Solar Water
Rain Water & Groundwater harvest and filtration

KEY CHALLENGE

Water Security

Cape Town has very hot and dry summers, meaning that 35 000l of water was required per month to irrigate the 160sqm food forest. A borehole was the chosen solution. To ensure that it was sustainable it was shared with 2 neighbours and a comprehensive groundwater recharge strategy was put in place with all storm water run-off channeled into the soil.

70,400 litres

Water Saved p/year

1,976 kg

CO2-e Saved p/year

144,000 litres

Rainwater Captured p/year