What We Do
We make homes and urban spaces off-grid, sustainable & resilient by creating edible & ecological landscapes, harvesting & reusing water, using eco-building materials & methods, building natural pools, and using off-grid technology.
We offer all these solutions independently but primarily, we integrate all of these solutions together, using what is called whole systems design. Whole systems design is a multi-disciplinary approach that integrates agriculture, ecology, architecture, and construction. This approach and its’ outcomes are scalable from residential properties and suburbs right through to farmlands.
We create adaptive, resilient, and secure spaces in a world facing peak oil, climate instability, and ever-deepening social and economic uncertainty.
The above shows the before and after transformation of "The Nook". A timber frame home that went through the process of whole-systems design.
Leaf & Stone was founded by Andrew Jamieson in 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa. My journey started with the conversion of our own home (The Nook) into an eco-home in 2016. Back then, and even still, there was no one who could really advise on the many aspects that were involved in making a home off-grid, sustainable & resilient. So I began the journey of doing it myself.
In 2016, I studied permaculture design in South Africa. This offered me a radically new way of thinking about the design of not only my home but human settlements, ecosystems, and all systems. Using this design framework I took our home partly off-grid providing water, food, and waste solutions as well as doing an eco renovation on the 35-year-old timber home.
Cape Town was in the grip of a water shortage crisis at the time and people started to realize the benefit of not only harvesting and recycling water but in many other ways, a home can become more resilient and sustainable. As a result our home soon started to garner interest and I started getting inquiries to install food forests, rain-water harvesting systems, greywater wetlands, and build natural pools. Leaf & Stone was created as a service to bring these sustainable services to people in South Africa with the main focus being on whole systems design. We place a huge emphasis on the design process as a service where we view the home/school/office as a system and consider all elements together to maximize resilience, efficiency, and resources.
Households’ demand of non-primary products and services is contributing to ‘more than 60% of global greenhouse gasses and between 50% and 80% of total land, material and water use’.