History of ShelterSpace - Australian Earth Sheltered Houses

  • ShelterSpace has been designing Earth Sheltered Houses for over 35 years. Paul was a pioneer in the field - researching, developing and refining his approach to the design and construction of this form of house - he has done the R&D.

  • 1983 was a busy year for Paul...presenting a paper at the World Conference on Earth Sheltered Houses and winning the H.I.A. 'Energy Efficient House of the Year' award for the Hambidge house in Murray Bridge.

  • From 1980 to 2003 Paul continued to design and build his clients' houses gaining valuable experience in the Australian Building Industry. 

  • The early projects were all in South Australia around the Adelaide Hills area, but in 2003 he launched the original ShelterSpace web site and since then his clients have come form all over the country.

  • The two Dales joined the business in 2016 to continue Paul's pioneering work in this exciting form of housing, bringing their individual talents to the collaboration.


  • Here is a selection of project from the past 35 years, presented with the clients' permissions.