Bricks are one of the oldest building materials. And the fact that so many of the first brick structures are around today is a testament to their longevity and timeless style. Bricks are versatile, durable and affordable. There's a reason the age-old advice is to invest in bricks and mortar.

Architects tend to be creative when designing modern brick houses, using the modular, repeating pattern inherent to the bricks to their advantage. Brick houses might use an unusual brick pattern, a striking combination of bricks or a choice of bricks appropriate to the area or era. Reclaimed brick houses are also a creative way to instantly add a sense of history to a new home or extension.

And now with sustainability front of mind, brick can be used inside or in 'reverse' veneer to boost your home's thermal mass, keeping you warmer in winter and cooler in summer. And thanks to their durability they have a very long lifecycle which is great news for conserving resources in a sustainable build.

Take a look at some of the brick houses we've featured on Lunchbox Architect and appreciate their timeless charm, or that glimmer of modernity in what you thought were bog-standard bricks.

Check out the brick houses previously featured on Lunchbox Architect

Prahran Rescue by Block Architecture Studio (via Lunchbox Architect) Prahran Rescue by Block Architecture Studio
Prahran Rescue by Block Architecture Studio (via Lunchbox Architect) Prahran Rescue by Block Architecture Studio
LOA Studio by  (via Lunchbox Architect) LOA Studio by
10 Fold House by Timmins + Whyte (via Lunchbox Architect) 10 Fold House by Timmins + Whyte
The Courtyard House by Maryanne Taskovski Architect (via Lunchbox Architect) The Courtyard House by Maryanne Taskovski Architect
The Rose House by Brcar Morony Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) The Rose House by Brcar Morony Architecture
Garden House by  (via Lunchbox Architect) Garden House by
Garden House by  (via Lunchbox Architect) Garden House by
Mexican Swiss Chalet - Malmsbury House by Perversi-Brooks Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Mexican Swiss Chalet - Malmsbury House by Perversi-Brooks Architects
Casa Crisp by buck&simple (via Lunchbox Architect) Casa Crisp by buck&simple
Rosanna House by Nest Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Rosanna House by Nest Architects
Soloman Street Alterations and Additions by Philip Stejskal Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Soloman Street Alterations and Additions by Philip Stejskal Architects
Soloman Street Alterations and Additions by Philip Stejskal Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Soloman Street Alterations and Additions by Philip Stejskal Architects
Llewellyn House by studioplusthree (via Lunchbox Architect) Llewellyn House by studioplusthree
Llewellyn House by studioplusthree (via Lunchbox Architect) Llewellyn House by studioplusthree
Llewellyn House by studioplusthree (via Lunchbox Architect) Llewellyn House by studioplusthree
Narrabundah House by Adam Dettrick Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Narrabundah House by Adam Dettrick Architects
Carlton Cloister by MRTN Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Carlton Cloister by MRTN Architects
Carlton Cloister by MRTN Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Carlton Cloister by MRTN Architects
Carlton Cloister by MRTN Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Carlton Cloister by MRTN Architects
Carlton Cloister by MRTN Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Carlton Cloister by MRTN Architects
Carlton Cloister by MRTN Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Carlton Cloister by MRTN Architects
Carlton Cloister by MRTN Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Carlton Cloister by MRTN Architects
Naranga Avenue House by James Russell Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Naranga Avenue House by James Russell Architects
Naranga Avenue House by James Russell Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Naranga Avenue House by James Russell Architects
Naranga Avenue House by James Russell Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Naranga Avenue House by James Russell Architects
Brick House by Bastian Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Brick House by Bastian Architecture
Featured Project Reclaimed Bricks Provide Warmth and Solidity to Otherwise Light Home Reclaimed bricks are used in various ways to bring a sense of history and weight to this inner-city extension.
Miller House by Architecture Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Miller House by Architecture Architecture
Miller House by Architecture Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Miller House by Architecture Architecture
Miller House by Architecture Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Miller House by Architecture Architecture
Miller House by Architecture Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Miller House by Architecture Architecture
Miller House by Architecture Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Miller House by Architecture Architecture
Miller House by Architecture Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Miller House by Architecture Architecture
Cut-away Roof House by Scale Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Cut-away Roof House by Scale Architecture
Cut-away Roof House by Scale Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Cut-away Roof House by Scale Architecture
Waratah Bay House by Hayne Wadley Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Waratah Bay House by Hayne Wadley Architecture
Waratah Bay House by Hayne Wadley Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Waratah Bay House by Hayne Wadley Architecture
Waratah Bay House by Hayne Wadley Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Waratah Bay House by Hayne Wadley Architecture
Waratah Bay House by Hayne Wadley Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Waratah Bay House by Hayne Wadley Architecture
Waratah Bay House by Hayne Wadley Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Waratah Bay House by Hayne Wadley Architecture
Tempe House by Eoghan Lewis Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Tempe House by Eoghan Lewis Architects
The Kite by Architecture Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) The Kite by Architecture Architecture
The Kite by Architecture Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) The Kite by Architecture Architecture
The Kite by Architecture Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) The Kite by Architecture Architecture
The Kite by Architecture Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) The Kite by Architecture Architecture
The Kite by Architecture Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) The Kite by Architecture Architecture
The Kite by Architecture Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) The Kite by Architecture Architecture
The Kite by Architecture Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) The Kite by Architecture Architecture
The Kite by Architecture Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) The Kite by Architecture Architecture
The Kite by Architecture Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) The Kite by Architecture Architecture