Who we are
Hi, I'm Adrian Fratelle, Director of Ecohabit. When I first started in the residential building industry in the early nineties I was discouraged by homes the market was producing.
Most were built with brick or concrete, with large air-conditioners and loads of down lights required to compensate for their inefficient design. So after only two years in the industry as a designer I knew I wanted to create something different. I wanted to architecturally design livable homes, with an eco edge – something that wasn’t happening in Perth’s market, so I started to design my own energy efficient homes.
Several years later I decided to further my studies with a view to becoming a builder. I also worked on site as a tradesman and supervisor. During this time I was also being asked to design homes, clients saw the benefit of my on site experience coupled with my willingness to design homes that were different. I also began to get a reputation for designing homes that “worked”. They were practical, not oversized and most of all were comfortable for the occupants. Before I knew it I was designing so many energy efficient homes, I decided to down tools and designing became my full time job.
Fast forward to the present day where I have been running the Fratelle Group architecture practice with my wife and business partner Kylee Schoonens. Our practice has been very successful and we now produce award-winning buildings of all shapes and sizes. At the Fratelle Group our work covers both commercial and residential fields. However, my passion for sustainable and solar passive home design still thrives and because of this we have created Ecohabit Homes, a new division of Fratelle Group that will focus on affordable sustainable residential design.
Ecohabit Homes has once again allowed me to continue my passion for eco home design. It not only lets me create wonderful sustainable and solar passive design, but also enables me to develop people’s ecohabits and educate the wider public on eco design through a series of seminars at Home Base Expo and various Town Councils.
Our team of architects and I can design you a home that will fulfill your requirements in performance and style. Being an architectural practice we are not limited to a particular style, and we have the depth in knowledge to provide you a home at any level of specification or budget.
What we believe
We should all try a new Ecohabit
The word ecohabit is a derivative of two words, ecology and habit. Ecology is the study of organisms and their interaction with their environment. Habit is a word we are all more familiar with. It means an acquired pattern of behavior. Therefore an ecohabit is a habit formed between the interaction with each other and the environment.
Many of us think of our environment being our land, our forests, our country or our planet. When we think about taking care of our environment it seems like such a massive task because the earth is so large and filled with billions of people. Our environment however starts at the tip of our nose. When we think about taking care of the environment we need to think of our own environment. It’s at our desks, our houses and the yards around it. If we take care of this environment first we’ll actually be playing a part in taking care of the environment that is our entire earth.
Right here at my desk I have a paper-recycling tray. That’s my first ecohabit! I walk to work whenever I can. My second ecohabit. These are some very simple ways to look at starting to create a sustainable way of life that minimizes our impact on our environment.
Lets take it up a notch. Say I’m renovating and extending my home. Straight away by maintaining some of the original structure I’m not only saving myself money but I’m creating less landfill and I’m conserving energy as the building does not need to be demolished and removed. The new building I have decided will be timber framed, slab on ground with good northern aspect to the living areas. The timber framing is lightweight plantation pine so it’s a renewable resource and has comparatively minimal impact on the environment. My concrete slab will be polished, exposed to northern winter sunlight and will provide my home with great thermal mass. Combine that with well insulated walls and ceilings so I won’t need to run a heater during winter and will minimize my air-conditioning in summer. Now that’s a good ecohabit that will also save us money!
With just good knowledge and some good habits we can start to create a sustainable environment for our families and ourselves. Many habits that we form can become more sustainable and not even cost us anything. For example, try walking to work, or catching public transport. Other habits may cost nothing over and above what we’re already paying. Like changing a blown halogen light globe to an energy saver globe. Or having your home designed to be solar passive to reduce energy consumption and improve your lifestyle.
At Ecohabit Homes we will consider many aspects of your lifestyle whilst designing your home, and will help you to establish some good ecohabits without even knowing it. Call Ecohabit Homes today and arrange a free consultation to discuss how together we can create you and your family a new lifestyle full of good ecohabits.
What we can do for you
Our approach allows you to get the best in design with the flexibility of builders.
At Ecohabit we firmly believe everyone should experience living in a well designed home that is tailored around their lifestyle – one person’s ecohabits are different from the next. We spend the time to talk with our clients to understand what they would like to achieve. It is your home for you to live in and it is so important that the home suits you personally, and not others.
As an architectural practice Ecohabit is always working for our clients. Should you wish, we are able to run your project through to the completion of the build ensuring your design and asset is protected. We are also able to provide a unique service where you don’t pay expensive upfront design and documentation costs usually associated with architecture. Let us show you how the architectural design process can be affordable to everyone, and fulfill my desire to see as many people living happily in well designed, thermally efficient homes in Western Australia.
See our services page for more information on how we can reduce upfront costs and make our service affordable for you.