Barrett House

Our little house of sustainability is home to Eartha and Artha..  who are taking steps to live more sustainably. Pop in and follow their adventures through the house and discover how to save energy and water, reduce waste, use sustainable building materials to keep your home cool in summer and warm in winter, or just wander through the cottage permaculture garden and foragers garden .. you're welcome to pick and harvest as you go!

Barrett House is a sustainable demonstration project that follows the permaculture design principles both inside and out - often showing two or three different approaches to retrofitting for sustainability to suit every size and shape of house and of course every budget - all to help you make your place a more sustainable and comfortable home to live in!

**Take a 7 minute peek at Barrett House on Sustainable House Day and see what our retrofit experts have to say.. watch here


The Retrofit...

Began with a visit from Sustainability Coach Michael Mobbs who applied his practical knowledge and experience of extensively retrofitting his own home in Chippendale - which is fully self sufficient.

Then in a working collaboration between Sustainability Architect Terry Bail and landscape designer and permaculture educator Steve Batley applied and developed the designs for the retrofit to turn Barrett House into a demonstration of sustainable living both inside and out.  

**Listen to Terry Bail, Steve Batley and Richard Wilson talk about the retrofit of Barrett House on Beyond Emissions Radio - Podcast

Barrett House seeks to offer visitors the latest approaches to sustainable living with new features constantly being added all the time  - there's always something new to see or do.



A Solarventi heating and cooling system powered by the sun, double glazing retrofit options from Magnetite, solar power from the Green Solar Group, GreenStuf Insulation, and solar domes from Daylight Designs. Along with 9,000 litres of interconnected rainwater tanks, low impact paints and building materials, sustainable kitchen and a Permaculture designed cottage garden, worm farm seat, wicking beds, vertical garden and much much more..

Permaculture East are currently working with the retrofit team to establish a Foragers Garden that demonstrations Permaculture principles at the house during a series of workshops together with Sydney Organic Gardens.

Click for all the information found in Barrett House on the retrofit features and the sustainable living, browse from the downloads section at the bottom of this page or listen to Barrett House as featured on  Beyond Zero Emissions radio - Podcast


Upcoming Events and Workshops

  • Weekly organic food collection box - organised by Rhubarb Food Co-op - every Thursday at 6pm
  • Visit our Events pages for all the upcoming events and workshops at Barrett House

Get Involved - local groups that meet at Barrett House

There are a number of local sustainability groups that regularly meet in the evenings at Barrett House, so if you have an interest in Permaculture, climate action or organic natural foods and produce, contact the following groups who are both open to new members and visitors:

Other groups in the area

Getting there..

Barrett House

6 Barrett Place

Randwick NSW 2031

By Bicycle

Use our Penny Farthing bike racks... are they art or bike parking? you decide!

By Bus

  • From Bondi Junction the following bus routes service Frenchmans Rd: 314, 316, 317, 348, 400 and 410
  • Direct from the City: 339 (alight on the corner of Clovelly Rd and Frenchmans Rd)

Eastern Suburbs Bus route map

Call 131500 or visit for all your transport information.

By Car

On street parking available along Gilderthorpe Ave and surrounding roads. Frenchmans Road has limited parking and time restrictions.

Google Maps link