Sustainable Houses

Explore our collection of Sustainable Houses
featured on Lunchbox Architect.

Woah. Sustainable Houses is a broad statement and a word which is so often overused. All of the houses we feature on Lunchbox Architect incorporate some aspects of sustainability — a water tank, a shiny array of solar panels, or a passive solar design because everyone should be making an effort. But there are some homes which take it even further and these are the homes that we're happy to stamp as sustainable houses.

It's virtually impossible to be truly sustainable, but some of the homes we feature use only renewable energy, sustainable building materials and capture and treat all their water on-site, making them self-sufficient. If we see a home that goes above and beyond in the world of sustainability, we'll list it here so that you can be inspired by their ideas and strategies.

Check out some of the Sustainable Houses projects featured on Lunchbox Architect

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Sustainable Home Design: Expert Insights from Nicola Dovey

Resident Expert, Nicola Dovey talks us through sustainable home design principles and how you can improve sustainability on any budget.

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Discover Heather's Off-Grid House: A Model of Sustainable Rural Living

This off-grid sustainable house balances modern comforts with off-grid sustainable living on a 37-hectare property in Birregurra.

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Simple Steps to Enhance Your Home's Efficiency

Creating an efficient home isn't just about the latest technology or materials; it's about thoughtful design and smart planning...

High Ceilings, Large Windows Make This Home Look and Feel Larger

It's amazing how high ceilings can offer your home an extra sense of space, just take a look at this light and bright example...

Transforming a Run-down Weatherboard Into a Bright, Sustainable Home

Want a sustainable home, but don't know where to start? An architect can help you create a comfortable, sustainable home...

Get the Basics Right to Make Your Home As Sustainable As Possible

If you focus on the basics first in sustainable house design, everything else becomes a bonus and your reduce greenwashing overwhelm.

Off-grid Retreat Takes in Views of a Stunning But Hostile Landscape

Sitting on an exposed hilltop, this off-grid retreat deals with a hostile landscape, but it's worth the effort for that view...

Unlike Pesky Coffee Cups, This House is Designed to be Recyclable

It's surprising how many everyday items can't be recycled. Being fully recyclable, this home is surprising for the opposite reason!

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5 Innovative Designs That Will Make You Green With Green Roof Envy

Imagine if the satellite view of our towns and cities was a patchwork of lush greenery instead of miles of tile and tin...

New Solar Extension Designed to Power the Whole House

A rear extension takes advantage of a North-facing backyard to connect to the garden and generate electricity for the whole house.

A Home Inspired by the Feelings of Camping Under a Simple Tarpaulin

In a natural clearing of bushland, this home with simple detailing and an earthy palette captures the spirit and joy of camping.

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.

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.

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.

Mount Ninderry House: Low Budget Sustainable House in Picturesque Surrounds

Mount Ninderry House is a sustainable house that takes full advantage of its stunning natural setting without the extra cost. And check out that pool!

Brunswick House: A New Perspective in an Eclectic Neighborhood

Brunswick House is restrained and space-efficient, but surprising spaces like a rooftop terrace provide a new perspective on its eclectic neighborhood.

Eyrie Houses: Two Houses Each is Barely Larger Than Four Sheets of Plywood

Eyrie Houses demonstrate just how decadent the holiday home has become. And how rewarding returning back to basics can be…

Cubo House Uses Upcycled Materials to Celebrate Its History

Cubo House is a sustainable home which celebrates its history via restored existing elements and upcycled features using the surrealist technique 'Cubomania'.

Rusty Shipping Container Transformed into a Glamorous Guest House

For less than the price of a new car, a rusty old shipping container is transformed into a stunning guest house. What a bargain!

Port-a-Bach: A Portable Teeny Tiny Shipping Container Home

This 'Bach' - a New Zealand term for a small holiday shack - is built inside a shipping container. It's a self-contained, portable, and fun retreat for a family of four.

Clifton Hill House: Heritage Cottage Gets Sustainable Renovation

An inner city Victorian cottage of heritage significance is renovated with contemporary design and sustainable building practices.

Darlinghurst Terrace: Heritage House Renovated for Sustainability

Old terrace houses are not the most efficient beasts. But this Darlinghurst terrace renovation proves you can have a terrace and aim for sustainability too.

Snowy Mountains House: Living Off The Grid Never Looked This Good

Snowy Mountains House is designed for living off the grid in style. The home works with nature to resist extreme winds, collect rainwater and shed snow.

Model House: Home for a Set Designer Puts on a Show

At first glance it's a typical Victorian-era worker's cottage. Only on closer inspection you realize there's something unusual going on behind that facade...

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.

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