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Two Halves House by Moloney Architects
Two Pavilions Encourage a Sociable Lifestyle and Embrace the Bush
Two Halves House steps down the landscape, separated into a sociable living space and a private sleeping zone.
Leederville House by RYANarc
A Unique Vaulted Ceiling and Clerestory Windows Bring in the Light
A home on a corner block maximises light without sacrificing privacy by reorienting to the north and some strategic clerestory windows.
Little Big House by Room 11
A Small Home With Big Volumes Designed to Embrace its Cool Climate
Built in an area that sometimes encounters snow, this home in the hills has a small footprint, but large volumes make it feel spacious.
A Sunroom by Arcke Architecture and Interior Design
A Sunroom and Articulated Fence Were All it Took to Update this Home
We love simple projects that make a big difference. And it doesn't get much simpler than a sunroom and a fence.
Dark Light House by MRTN Architects
A Small Addition Creates a Home Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts
Light and dark, east and west, new and old, Dark Light House's new living pavilion contrasts without simply doing the opposite.
Saturn II by McManus Lew Architects
A New Rear Living Area Creates a Better Connection to the Outdoors
We love to get out and enjoy the backyard, but too often our homes are disconnected from our outdoor spaces. Here's what you can do...
Port Melbourne House by Finnis Architects
Former Milkbar Now a Light-filled Family Home Among the Treetops
Floating above the original milkbar is a recently renovated pavilion which makes this unique family home feel like it's a treehouse.
Coronet by Jos Tan Architects
Hold the Wrecking Ball! When Demo, Then Reno Is Not the Solution
With a slim budget, demolition of the rear of this home was not an option. But an even slimmer bathroom was part of the solution...
Rennie Street House by Architect Hewson
A House That Shows Us a Lean-to Can Be a Blessing, Not a Blight
Typically, a lean-to with a laundry and kitchen tacked on to the rear of an older home is the first thing to go in a reno. Not here...
Carlton Terrace by Windust Architects x Interiors
A Dark Terrace Follows the Light at the End of the Tunnel
It's a tale as old as time: dark, dank terrace seeks space and light. And yet architects are still finding new ways to tell the story.
Glen Forrest House + Church by Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects
This is the Trick to Adapting a Church for Modern Living
Old churches can be a challenge to transform into a home. There's the need to balance history and practicality. This is how you do it.
Old Be-al House by FMD Architects
A Renovation that Honours a Beautiful Old Gum Tree in the Backyard
If there's an old tree in your backyard, don't cut it down to make way for your new reno. Instead, make it the centrepiece.
Collingwood Compact by
An Eco-friendly Upgrade Transforms this Inner-City Home
Considering an eco-friendly upgrade to your home? Look no further for inspiration than Collingwood Compact.
Albert Park House by Chiverton Architects
A Home With a Sentimental History is Sensitively Renovated
'This house was purchased by Kasimiersz and Lucia in 1955', reads a plaque on the wall. One of the ways this home remembers its past...
Albert Park Terrace by Dan Webster Architecture
A Tight Site and Heritage Controls; Dealing With All the Constraints
Sometimes the constraints that can make a project more difficult end up creating something unique and wonderful.
SSK Residence by Davidov Partners Architects
Architects Use Renovation as an Opportunity to Chase the Sun
Transforming a dark Californian Bungalow into a sun and fun-loving family home with some clever renovation ideas.
House 28 by Studio Edwards
Shipping Container House Floats Among the Trees with Ocean Views
We're all a little bit obsessed with shipping container houses. You'll understand why once you take a look at this home...
Peka Peka House by Herriot Melhuish O’Neill Architects
A Sheltered Courtyard Protects From This Exposed Location
At the top of the hill overlooking Peka Peka Beach, this location could be hostile, but this home has a few tricks up its sleeve...
Tent House by Chris Tate Architecture
Tent House Challenges the Expectations of What a Weekend House Can Be
A retreat built by the architect and a group of architecture students is a hands-on, experimental process from design to construction.
The Wairarapa Haybarn by First Light Studio
A Home for Retired Musicians Has a Concert Hall-inspired Living Space
A shared love of music inspired this accessible, environmental and acoustically-conscious home for a retired couple.
Back Country House by LTD Architectural Design Studio
A Home Built Around Connection With Each Other and the Landscape
With open-plan living and shared sleeping areas all opening onto the outdoors, this is a home to connect with nature and each other.
Boya House by Maarch Architecture
A New Glass Box Protrudes to Transport this Family into the Landscape
Breaking out of the old, brown-brick home, this new glass box for living is surrounded by birdlife and the sounds of insects at dusk.
House Frances by Those Architects
This Sydney Home Turns the Traditional Aussie House on its Side
A typical Australian home uses the full width of the block and puts a garden in front and out the back; this home is far from typical.
Durimbul by MGAO
A New Breed of Bushfire Resistant Homes are Sprouting in Wye River
After the bushfire of 2015, Wye River slowly rebuilds. Let's hope all the new homes are as beautiful and sympathetic as this one...
Light Saw House by Zen Architects
No More Living in Darkness; This Saw Tooth Roof Brings the Light
Even if you're stuck with a south-facing backyard overshadowed by your own house, there's no need to dwell in darkness.
Brunswick House by Chan Architecture
How to Create a Modern, Flexible and Bright Space on a Narrow Block
Renovating an older, inner-city home comes with a peculiar set of challenges - how to make it seem bright and spacious when it's not.
Crisp House by Robert Nichol & Sons
Heritage Homes Are Romantic, but They're a Challenge to Renovate
An architect wrestles with the romance of renovating a historic home and the challenge of meeting planning and regulatory requirements.
Lighthouse by Room 11
A Courtyard for Outdoor Living Helps a Hobart Family to Downsize
Blessed with a large block in a good area, this family decided to downsize in the backyard, in spite of the constraints.
Garage House by Foomann Architects
A Home That Explores Communal Living for Adults
This flexible new home built behind the existing is accessible by rear laneway; it could be used as a garage, studio or living space.
Port Melbourne House by Pandolfini Architects
Narrow Terrace Hides Several Space-defying Surprises
A double-height space. An internal courtyard. A huge skylight. All tricks to create a sense of space hidden behind a narrow terrace.
Gable House by Sheri Haby Architects
Twin Gables, Rather Than Extra Floor Area, Give the Illusion of Space
The rear of this home is redesigned to give an air of spaciousness, with an internal reconfiguration and the addition of two gables.
Beyond House by Ben Callery Architects
What to Do When You Outgrow Your House but Love Your Neighbourhood?
Craving more space (and sun) and considering a move? Are you really better off uprooting your family and moving somewhere new?
Studio House by Zen Architects
A Flexible, Multi-purpose Studio That Requires Very Little Land
By designing a separate, self-contained studio, this family have gained the extra space they need now and flexibility into the future.
Joyful House by Mihaly Slocombe
This Joyful House Brings in Light and Opens Onto the Garden
A family of five create a joyful home with a series of open, colourful and light-filled spaces for their energetic young family.
Light Corridor House by FIGR Architecture and Design
There Is an Abundance of Light at the End of This Quirky Tunnel
A dark tunnel transforms into a bright, open space at this Cremorne terrace which celebrates the transition from old to new.
Riverwalk by Irons McDuff Architecture
Modern Timber Beach House Still Achieves Bushfire and Energy Ratings
Clever thinking achieves a simple timber beach house the client desired while still meeting bushfire and energy efficiency regulations.
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