Thanks to all of you crazy, adventurous people who are changing the world.
We’re so grateful for your warm, strong and tenacious support.
Because without you all, we wouldn’t be able to build these healthy, natural homes
Our work is dedicated to our planet and you, and all those in our life.
We choose to do what we LOVE :
Let’s make a DENT in this world by
inspiring 10,000 natural homes in the world
How’d we get here…
Sam has been building houses since 1996. He’s designed and built over 30 complete natural homes and worked on over 50 in total.
Sam’s natural homes began before being ‘green’ was in vogue, and before straw bale homes were featured on TV. This was a time when the mention of straw bale buildings brought out many ‘three little pigs’ jokes!
Sam decided he was going to have a go and build one himself
After reading books (that’s all that was available back then) and seven years of ‘blood, sweat and tears’, making some mistakes along the way (not terminal ones though)…sometimes working four weeks straight, driving from Sydney out into the country for four hours, working all weekend, and then driving back and going to work on Monday. When he finished his dream home, It was incredible, everyone that went there (even the council inspector) was blown away by it.
He used reclaimed materials and did everything himself, from the slab to the reclaimed tin roof, to rendering the straw walls.
‘I got a LOT of help from family and friends (thank goodness)’.
Since then, he owner-built 3 of his own straw bale and earth homes.
He knows EXACTLY what’s it’s like to owner build, go over budget, over time, not know what to do when, he’s heard about all of the nightmare mistakes about render failing, bad design, subcontractors that don’t show up, over charge, don’t communicate or breakdowns in relationships because of the stress and toll it can take on your health and family.
“I literally didn’t see my family or friends during that time”
Before Viva, Sam built million dollar houses in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, but his body could not handle the toxic building materials any longer, nor could he couldn’t understand the wastage on site either.
There had to be another way of building
Ensuring people get a consistent, professional home was crucial.
I test out new techniques on our own homes first, not client’s homes.
A LOT of natural builders test new things on client’s homes and that’s where you get problems
When Sam started Viva, he decided he wanted to:
Build beautiful straw bale and earth homes with great people
Create a community, that makes the world a better place, live an extra ordinary life
This is the criteria he still uses today (some 16 years later) –
- Must be sustainable, energy efficient and healthy homes – good for our health and the planet
- Affordable for people who are likeable, doers, decision makers, rational and want to change the world
- Professionally built, every home is award winning and the best quality
- Built to a timeframe and set price – no stress for owners
- Fun, everyone should love the experience
At Viva our clients can tell us exactly what they want: a home that’s warm in winter and cool in summer. A set price is important for them.
This is the ONE reason we do fixed price contracts. We won’t compromise on our values and ethics.