Lifehouse Design strives to create simple, serene buildings – resting places for our emotional well being. Buildings that remind us of our connection to the natural world.

We seek to articulate spaces and forms that create a balance between conditions of material comfort and the less tangible experiences of proportion, light, shadow and texture; that are sympathetic to our environment and our social and emotional needs; that are animated with meaning in order for them to have the potential to touch our mind, eye and soul.




Shortlisted – 2021 Mount Alexander Business Awards: ‘Creative Industries’ category

Shortlisted – 2013 BPN Sustainability Awards: ‘Single Dwelling – New’ category, for the LiFEHOUSES concept

Winner – 2013 Green Lifestyle magazine awards: ‘Home – Energy-saving’ category, for the LiFEHOUSES concept

Winner – 2013 BDAV Building Design Awards: Best Energy Efficient Design – Residential, Campbells Creek house

Winner – 2013 BDAV Building Design Awards: Residential Design – New House up to $300K construction cost, Campbells Creek house

Winner – 2011 BDAV inaugural ’10 Star Challenge’ in association with Crosby Architects and Lewin Consulting, for the Flip_Flop House

Winner – 2008 BDAV State Awards ‘Best Heritage Conservation Project – Residential’ Grumont House

Special Commendation – 2008 BDAV State Awards ‘Most Effective Use of Timber’ Mellor house

Winner – 2007 MBAV State Awards ‘Best Sustainable Energy House’ Sedgwick house

Winner – 2007 MBAV Regional Building Awards ‘Best Sustainable Energy House’ Sedgwick house

Winner – 2005 BDAV State Awards ‘Best Residential Design up to 200 sq.m.’ 8 Munro Court house, Castlemaine

Winner – 2005 BDAV State Awards ‘Best Residential Design 201-300sq.m Caldwell house, Castlemaine

Winner – 2005 BDAV State Awards ‘Most Effective Use of Steel’ award Caldwell house, Castlemaine

Finalist – 2004 Year of the Built Environment Exemplars Awards ‘Towards Sustainable Communities’ category Munro Court Sustainable Housing development

Winner – 2003 ‘Home of the Year’ Geelong Advertiser Home & Garden Awards Armstrong-Carrigg house, Barwon Heads


Campbells Creek LiFEHOUSE 2.2 Bendigo Advertiser, Saturday 7 September 2013, ‘Let there be life’ by Lauren Mitchell

Campbells Creek LiFEHOUSE 2.2 Sanctuary magazine Issue 24, Spring 2013, ‘The Simple Life’ by Jacinta Cleary

Flip_Flop House‘ Sanctuary magazine Issue 16, August 2011, ’10 Star Challenge’ by Tim Adams

‘LiFEHOUSES’ (flexible houses) Green magazine Issue 20, July 2011, ‘Watch This Space’ by Natasha Palich

Fran’s House Sanctuary magazine Issue 14, March 2011 , ‘On a Shoe String’ by Anna Cumming

Munro Court Sanctuary magazine Issue 10, February 2010, ‘All Together Now’ by Fiona Negrin (pdf download)

Profile on Lifehouse Design Slow Magazine Issue two, Spring 2009, ‘Way of Life’ by Genevieve Barlow

Kir’s House Sanctuary magazine Issue 7, April 2009 ‘Select Salvage’ by Fiona Negrin (pdf download)

Mellor House BPN (Building Product News) Volume 44 Number 9, October 2008 ‘Design & Construct’ by Stephanie McDonald

Sedgwick house Bluescope Steel newsletter ‘Steel Inspired’ Issue 15, May 2008 Designing for the Environment

Munro Court Contemporary Home Design (CHD), Issue 5.1, 2006 Article: Urban Haven

Melbourne Abode, Issue 3, 2005 Article: Moving Forward by Sonia Rentsch

Year of the Built Environment 2004 Exemplars Program National Awards Compendium ‘YBE 2004 Exemplars Towards Sustainable Communities’ RAIA 2004

Sunday Age Domain Article on Munro Court

Sunday Age Advertising Feature September 5th, 2004 Master Builders Association of Victoria 2004 Excellence in Housing Awards ‘Best Sustainable Energy Home Category’

Castlemaine Mail Friday September 10th 2004 Article: Award for Masterpiece by Antonia Barron

Barter House Australian Country Style, March 2004 Article: Artful Ways by Virginia Imhoff

Armstrong-Carrigg House 2003 GT Market Square Home & Garden Awards, WINNER Geelong Advertiser February 7 2004, Feature article ‘Home of the Year’ Geelong Advertiser February 2003, Feature article ‘When Inspiration Fires Up’