Beach Houses

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featured on Lunchbox Architect.

Who doesn’t love to escape to the beach? Whether they’re for holidays or full-time living, architecturally designed beach houses have a laid-back, beachy quality that’s hard not to love.

Instead of getting sand in your pants, check out the stunning beach houses we've featured on Lunchbox Architect from the comfort of your study:

The Glazed Brick Facade at This Beach House is Inspired By Escher

Designed to sit long and low and recede into the landscape, this beach house still incorporates enough fun to make it a stand out.

A Beachy Home for Both Everyday Living and Weekend Population Swells

Everyone loves to get away to the beach for the weekend, luckily this house can accomodate all of the extended friends and family.

Blueys Beach House is a Modern Take on the Traditional Beach Shack

This modern beach house wraps around courtyards and open spaces to blur the lines between inside and out - perfect for a beach retreat.

A Beachside Site in the Family for Fifty Years is Transformed

Previously the site of some outgrown kit homes, three seperate but clustered buildings provide space for all generations of the family.

A Compact, Living and Breathing House Perfect for the Coast

This welcoming house has a verandah so generous it blurs the line between a courtyard house and a traditional Australian verandah.

Perched on Top of the Sand Dunes for the Perfect Beach View

This timber-clad four bedroom beach-side family home is perched on a steep dune in a quiet pocket of the Mornington Peninsula region.

Post War Sydney Home Updated for a Young Modern Family

A home previously owned by the client's Grandmother wasn't a good fit for a young family. An innovative extension changes all that.

Contemporary Additions to a Classic Brick Beach House in Noosa

Thanks to some clever new touches, this tired beach house now takes full advantage of its site overlooking lush rainforest.

An Off-the-Grid Home Appropriate to its Stunning Rainforest Location

This off-the-grid home is close to the beach in the Daintree Rainforest — an ancient ecosystem deserving a thoughtful approach to site.

Links Courtyard House: Smaller Scale Allows Higher Quality Materials

The timber-clad Links Courtyard House prioritises simplicity over size leaving more of the budget for beautiful indulgent finishes.

Great Barrier House's Skeletal Timber Frame Allows it to Open Up

A timber exoskeleton-like structure allows Great Barrier House to open onto its surrounds while lifting towards a hill to the west.

Minimal Rammed Earth Home Nestles Into Pristine Bushland

Perched on top of a hill overlooking the stunning ocean along the Victoria's Great Ocean Road is a home that balances heavy and light.

Seal Rocks House is About the Simple Pleasures of Surf, Sea and Trees

Seal Rocks House takes the qualities of a family home and distills them down to the basics to suit leisure and the serene seaside site.

Batten and Board Beach Home is Designed Like an 'Elegant Shed'

Brick Bay House's L-shaped plan has a number of benefits - sheltering from winds, blocking road noise and embracing the ocean view.

Timber and Glass Combine to Create a Stylish Coastal Modernity

Timber's warmth and laid-back nature meets clean lines and expanses of glass to create a style that is sophisticated yet relaxed.

Cocoon: A Home? Or a Zeppelin That Crash-Landed in the Australian Bush?

You don't get homes much more unusual than Cocoon -- a zeppelin-shaped home lofts above its steep site, nestled in the canopy of Australian native treetops.

Sled House: A House You Can Relocate With a Tractor?

Sled House sits in two sleds making relocating it with a tractor a cinch. The whole area is within a coastal erosion zone; All structures must be removable.

Mornington Beach House: A Beach-Side 'Treehouse' for Big Kids

What if you outgrow the Mornington beach house that's been in the family for years? Architect Clare Cousins designed a 'treehouse' extension for the big kids.

Merricks Beach House: Beach-Town Lifestyle with a Modern Twist

Rachel Nolan of Kennedy Nolan Architects designed a weekender for her family called Merricks Beach House. It cleverly redefines the Australian beach house.

Venus Bay Bach: It's a Piece of New Zealand on the Australian Coast, Bro!

Venus Bay Bach is a beach home built on a tight budget, but spacious enough to house family and friends for the weekend. And it doesn't ignore the views...

Cape Schanck House: What Does a House Shaped by Nature Look Like?

Cape Schanck House is designed to twist and bend in the same way the surrounding tea tree scrub does. It's modern, but designed the way nature might design.

Pirates Bay House: A Holiday House for Slow Living

Like the slow food movement, Pirates Bay House is a reaction against our hectic lives. It's a home for slow living on Australia's Mornington Peninsula.

Ridge Road Residence: A Beach House Where Nature is the Star

A single tea tree on the site of this beach house became the focus of the project. The aim became to showcase nature, rather than try to dominate and control it.

Coromandel Bach: Beach House (Literally) Opens to the View

Coromandel Bach was conceived as a container sitting lightly on the land for habitation. A 'bach' is a New Zealand term for a simple holiday shack.

The Truffle: See How Paulina the Cow Created This Unusual House

This truffle-inspired hideaway could be a caveman's home. Paulina the cow had a role to play in this unusual home's construction. You'll never guess how...

Stewart House: Bushfire Proof House That's Anything But a Bunker

Bushfire regulations are a challenge. Homes can end up like bunkers. Chenchow Little's Stewart House is a bushfire proof house that doesn't sacrifice looks.

Kurreki: Glamping Looks Good in this Back to Basics Beach Retreat

In true glamping style Kurreki Beach Retreat has real beds but opens completely onto a courtyard and uses mosquito nets and shower curtains where necessary.

Dragonfly House: Tiny Addition is a Model for Compact Living

The Dragonfly is a self-contained addition to an existing holiday home. It maximizes views and appreciation of the site as a model for compact living.

Happy Haus Arrives on a Truck Ready to Move Into

How exciting to unload an architecturally designed house off a truck, unwrap it (like a giant Christmas gift) and move straight in -- with Happy Haus, you can!

Treehouse: A Place for Balanced Family Life Nestled Amongst the Trees

Tucked away on a treed site on Australia's beautiful Great Ocean Road, Treehouse takes in stunning ocean and tree views.

Sugar Gum House: A Modern Weatherboard Beach Shack

This modern replacement for a derelict weatherboard cottage takes full advantage of the sun, the surf and views of the rolling hills.

Bruny Shore House is Eco-Friendly But Still Has a Dramatic Flair

Eco-friendly Bruny Shore House reaches out from one of the steepest parts of the site to take in the dramatic Tasmanian coastline.

Quality Trumps Quantity in this Small House of Rich Materials

This coastal cottage proves that quality always trumps quantity. The small house will age gracefully thanks to quality materials.

The Great Ocean Road House

The Great Ocean Road House proves that extraordinary locations sometimes call for a simple architectural solution.

Aireys Inlet House: Home Away From Home Prioritizes Connection to Nature

Aireys Inlet House -- like all good second homes -- creates connection to nature in contrast to the clients' busy city lives.

The Pod: The Traditional Granny Flat Gets a Much Needed Facelift

A modern interpretation of the traditional granny flat is a very stylish summer pad for this family's grandparents from overseas.

Palm Beach House Steps Down a Difficult But Spectacular Site

This home is tucked into lush forest on New Zealand’s Waiheke Island. Entry is via a wooden draw bridge! And that's just the beginning…

Blackpool House at Home in the Tree Canopy

Tackling difficult topography, a heavily treed site and a modest budget, Blackpool House defiantly lofts amongst the treetops - a modest, modern treehouse.

This Simple Modular Prefab Home Provides All the Essentials In One Neat Package

This small house is sustainable, low-maintenance, affordable and it's pre-fab so it arrives (practically) ready to move into.

Hover House Drops in on a Disused Backyard Tennis Court in Mt Martha

Hover House by Bower Architecture is built on a disused backyard tennis court in Mt Martha -- a great example of infill housing.

Need Just a Bit More Space? How About a Backyard Room?

Looking for a small extension but the expense to outcome ratio is out of whack? The Backyard Room might be just what you need.

Lloyd Holiday House: A New Beach Bach for a Multigenerational Family

This new shack takes better advantage of the views and has enough space to host this multi-generational family during the holiday season.

Cabin 2: A Folding Roof Grows Out of the Coastal Topography

Hidden and embedded into the landscape, Cabin 2 is a self contained extension to an existing 1960s log cabin in bay side Blairgowrie.

A Multi-Generational Holiday Home Balances Connectivity and Solace

In an effort to find more space for a growing and ageing family, Andrew Maynard Architects created a home that has shared space and more private zones.

Introspective Modern Beach House With No Access to Sea Views

You can't see the sea from this modern beach house. Undeterred by the lack of view, it faces a sheltered internal courtyard instead.

Prefab-ulous Passive Solar Home Proves a De-light to Live In

A prefab home designed around passive solar design principles is warm, comfortable, energy efficient and looks prefab-ulous.

Timms Bach: A Simple But Stunning Beach Shelter in New Zealand

A combination of materials in their raw state and a humble aesthetic make this New Zealand beach bach simply stunning.

A Tiny 25 Square Meter Extension Attaches Itself Like a Barnacle

A tiny barnacle-like extension creates a sense of camping or sleeping in the berth of a yacht, but with framed views of the landscape beyond.

Bondi Apartment: Relaxed Beach Retreat in the Heart of Bustling Bondi

This apartment renovation in the middle of one of Sydney's busiest suburbs still manages to capture the relaxed nature of a beach house…

Storm Cottage: A Simple Black Rough Sawn Timber Box Looks to the Sea

A modest retreat provides shelter, warmth and comfort in the wild and isolated of the remote setting.

This Sustainable Beach House Appears to Hover Above the Ground

Designed in a flood-prone area, this modest, sustainable beach house touches the earth so lightly it appears to float!

World's First Carbon Positive Prefab House Drops in to Melbourne

ArchiBlox' Carbon Positive Prefab House means it's no longer enough to just be carbon neutral, when you can be carbon positive.

O'Sullivan Family Home is a Finely Crafted Home on a Meagre Budget

With the help of friends and neighbours this beautifully crafted home was realised on a budget closer to a caravan than a family home.

Tiny Gabled Guest Pavilion Adds Space to a Weatherboard Weekender

A separate gabled guest pavilion adds both space flexibility to an existing weatherboard weekender, making it the perfect family getaway.

Marcus Beach House Captures the Essence of Living by the Beach

Like all good beach houses, Marcus Beach House explores lightness, filtering natural breezes and integrating indoor/outdoor spaces.

Seaview House's Pavilions Fit in With Its Weatherboard Neighbours

Seaview House is made up of a series of pavilions, designed to fit in with neighbouring old weatherboard cottages without sacrificing contemporary appeal…

Pacific House Uses Burnt Timber and Rusting Steel to Dramatic Effect

Clad in burnt timber and weathered steel sheets, Pacific House is a beautiful house that takes full advantage of the dramatic site.

Lorne Hill House is a (Beach) Home Among the Gum Trees

Architect Will Harkness placed this holiday home carefully among a number of established Gum Trees to take advantage of the view.

A Busy Family Find Peace and Quiet in Their Designer Fortress House

There's no moat at Fortress House, but this quiet weekend retreat ensures a private, relaxing counterpoint to the owners' busy lives.

Somers Courtyard House: Low Maintenance Off-Grid Home for Entertainers

Somers Courtyard House is a low maintenance home to accommodate an expanding family with regular guests. The best part? It's completely off-grid!

Tanderra House Pushes the Conventional Aussie Verandah to New Heights

Sean Godsell Architects explore the traditional verandah to create a stunning beach home sheltered from the extremes of coastal life.

Humbug Studio has Additional Space for the Artist's Family to Live

At Humbug Studio the striped canvas However, these canvas stripes are in fact deck chairs from which to view paintings hanging in the studio.

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