Design & Construct

Sustainable offers a full design and construct service. This means that our team delivers the project from concept to architectural design, to construction and management of all internal carpentry build.

Why engage a Design and Construct company?

  • We develop your vision from concept to completion  –  one team ensures that your vision is carried through the project, from concept to completion.
  • We project manage the entire process and all external parties – one team to coordinate all external parties including engineers, certifiers, and trades, so at all times you know who is in charge and who to contact.
  • We understand the construction process and can deliver beautiful, architecturally designed homes in an affordable manner.

At Sustainable, our designers are award winning Australian Greensmart Professionals. Collectively, we have been awarded more than 70 national, state and South East Queensland building design awards.

Recipe House D&C Example

Recipe House Process

How it works? Simple selection process:

1. You purchase a block of land and come to us. We provide advice in regards to what modules we believe, will best suit the site and provide information on orientation, ventilation, slope etc.

2. You decide what modules you want and how many. There are different Living, Sleeping and Garage modules for Small, Medium and Large families that are combined to create your home. You can pick and choose between the small, medium and large modules.

3. You select from our range of finishes, fittings and fixtures: all of which will be provided to you as part of our standard information package.

4. Your working drawings are produced, approvals and engineering are obtained.

5. Your Recipe House is constructed.

Your site

Is your site/block of land ideally suited for a Recipe House?

We build Recipe Houses on the following sites:

  • Remote/difficult sites of all sizes/shapes and contours
  • Flat or steep slopes (we do both slab on ground and houses raised up on steel posts)
  • Urban development projects
  • Small Lots, Large Lots or Acreage
  • Locations were trades people are scarce
  • Projects with budget limitations
  • Projects with time pressures
  • Site where access to amenities is limited.

The end result is a beautifully designed house, unique to your site and your needs, without the traditionally associated costs. Recipe Houses are the affordable and sustainable method to build houses for the future.


Sustainable by Remote Locations designs and constructs Recipe Houses throughout:

  • Brisbane
  • Gold Coast
  • Sunshine Coast
  • Southern Downs QLD
  • Toowoomba
  • North Coast NSW


Living Sustainable saves you money!

Our superb sustainable house designs incorporate principles of sustainability within our designs to address both your current and future needs.

We focus on lifetime solutions and look at the 25 year life cycle of your house and savings to guarantee the certainty of your lifestyle and the certainty of a realistic fixed budget. This means dollars back in your pocket long term!

Our homes are sustainable and energy efficient because they all take into account our proven Sustainability Principles for over 30 years of:

  • Passive design
  • Energy efficiency
  • Solar orientation
  • Passive ventilation
  • Site management
  • Water and storm water management
  • Integrated Landscaping Design
  • Built form issues
  • Views & vistas
  • Challenges versus commercial outcomes and opportunities.
  • Life Cycle Assessment of building, product and material choices to manage your Ongoing Resource Management & Costs after your home is constructed.

Design Stages

  • Design Stage 1:  Needs & Site Analysis
  • Design Stage 2:  Concept Design & Detailed Design
  • Design Stage 3:  Working Drawing

Construction Delivery

One of the benefits of selecting Sustainable by Remote Locations is that we project manage the entire design and build process, including liasing with and obtaining all other information from external consultants.

The main consultants/services you need are:

  • Surveyor for a survey and contours plan of your site
  • Soils Test
  • Structural Engineer
  • Building Certifier for building approval

Other consultants and services that you may also need, that we project manage for you are:

  • City Councils ie Brisbane, Ipswich, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Southern Downs City Councils etc.
  • Town Planners for Development Approvals
  • Accoustic Engineer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Arborist
  • Bushfire Consultant


A Sustainable Recipe house (one of our designs customised for your site) will involve:

  • Small Module House:
    • Design Stage – 5-6 weeks (approximately)
    • Construction Stage – 10-12 weeks(approximately)
  • Medium Module House:
    • Design Stage – 6-7 weeks (approximately)
    • Construction Stage – 12-14 weeks(approximately)
  • Large Module House:
    • Design Stage – 7-8 weeks (approximately)
    • Construction Stage – 14-16 weeks(approximately)

As an example a small Recipe House (Tivoli House)  took 10 weeks and one of our large Recipe Houses (Boonah House) took 4 months with 2 months for landscaping.

Our Services

Phone: (07) 3201 1177