Explore a family home that shows us first-hand how to give back to the environment and go off the grid.

Many of us have our own ways in which we try to live sustainably, but for people like permaculture expert Andrew Jamieson it’s a way of life. He shared his skills on how to be mindful about the impact we have on our environment and offered us a tour of his eco-home.

“The home that we’ve created here, you can call an eco-home or sustainable home. It’s built very much along the lines of a permaculture design process,” shares Andrew Jamieson.

He adds, “A lot of what we did with renovating the home, was placing emphasis on making it non-toxic and then ensuring that at the end of the life cycle of those materials, that they could go back to the earth and biodegrade in a way that wasn’t going to be harmful.”

Dubbed ‘The Nook’, the house is an off-grid home situated in Kalk Bay, Cape Town, South Africa. The home is a 1980 Timber frame construction that was renovated in 2016 with the aim of making it off-grid, sustainable and resilient to climate change. At the same time, it was important to showcase that this can all be done whilst still maintaining a beautiful aesthetic as well as increasing the home’s market value. 

Andrew shares, “I now have a permaculture design business, called Leaf and Stone. Permaculture is defined as the design and creation of human habitats that are beneficial to all life. Essentially, everything that humans need to live and sustain themselves, in a way that is in harmony with nature, and beneficial to all forms of life.  

The home is a living testament that a beautiful environment beauty can be achieved through sustainable practices. One where Andrew Jamieson and his family remind us that in nature, nothing goes to waste, and also encourages us to get excited about the role we can all play in sustainable living.