New homes provide the opportunity for a completely custom design. Even on a modest budget, architects can design an affordable new home that’s perfectly suited to your needs.
This is our selection of stunning architecturally designed new homes:
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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.
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.
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.
Toodyay Shack by A Workshop
This Country Shack Feels More Like a Tent or a Boat in the Landscape
Metaphors of sailing a yacht or camping out in a tent are conjured in this home on the banks of the Avon River.
Court House by Peter Winkler Architects
A Courtyard Connects Living and Sleeping Areas at this Beach House
Just a short walk from the beach and surrounded by Moona trees, a central courtyard is the link between this home and the landscape.
Mudjimba by Chris Klar Architects
A Tropical Home for a Couple to Sit Back and Enjoy the Bush Setting
A home near Noosa is designed for the area's sub-tropical climate and to maximise the owner's enjoyment of the bush setting.
Samford Valley Small House by BAA House + BAA Studio
This Modern Tropical Home is a Granny Flat for a Hip Elderly Couple
A modern retreat for an elderly couple built on the family property - the perfect spot to enjoy retirement close to family.
Mt Macedon House by Field Office Architecture
A Home On a Challenging Site is Designed to Resist Bushfire
Built on a challenging site with significant bushfire risk, this home enjoys amazing views over bushland in the Macedon Ranges.
Clarke Shack by mishack
Holiday Shack Blends Mid Century Modern with Australian Rural Shed
Inspired by Mid-century design with a touch of Aussie shed, this stylish shack is the perfect combination of cool and practical.
Archer Family Residence by Kuhnellco Architecture
Simple Details and Honest Materials Reflect Harsh Beauty of this Site
After the 2003 Canberra bushfires, this site was rereleased. The new home explores the idea of new beginnings for a young family.
Elizabeth Street by Dorrington Atcheson Architects
A Modern Home Designed With Deference to Heritage Suburb
This double storey home is designed to look like a single storey home so it fits into its heritage neighbourhood.
Elizabeth Street by Dorrington Atcheson Architects
Paddington Residence by Ellivo Architects
"Rigorously Contemporary" Home in an Historical Neighbourhood
This modern home in an historic neighbourhood was designed by an architect as a home for him and his family.
The Whittaker Cube by Dravitzki Brown
A Smaller Home Allows for Immaculate Details and Rich Materials
If you want the look and feel of luxury at your home, it pays to think a bit smaller and pay attention to the details.
Domain House by Lachlan Shepherd Architects
Choose Flexibility Over Footprint to Save Money and Energy
With sliding doors and a fold down bed, a rumpus room/third bedroom provides built in flexibility while reducing the overall footprint.
Blackburn House by ArchiBlox
Home Among the Gum Trees Makes the Most of a Sloped Site
This family home is nestled amongst the gums, cantilevering over the sloped site so it feels more like a treehouse than a regular home.
Boston Road Townhouse by Lachlan Shepherd Architects
This Townhouse on a Small Block Stacks the Backyard on the Roof
How to deal with a small block? Don't sacrifice the backyard, stack it on top of the house and you've got a sophisticated roof deck!
Waitpinga Retreat by Mountford Williamson Architecture
Australian Retreat Designed to Encourage a Laid-back Lifestyle
Waitpinga Retreat designed as a casual getaway immersed in the natural beauty of nature looks and feels very Australian.
Foxground by Nettleton Architects
A Thoughtful Home for an Elderly Widower and His Visiting Family
Built on a site with huge sentimental value, this home built for an elderly WWII veteran is low-maintenance, accessible and secure.
Claremont Residence by Keen Architecture
Love to Entertain? A Party at This House Can Spill Into the Courtyard
A home for entertainers who also travel a lot. Claremont Residence expands for parties or locks down when the owners are away.
Gogo Bach by Herbst Architects
Two Uninspiring Cabins Bought for a Steal Become a Stylish Retreat
These two cabins have become something much grander than the typical granny flat or affordable beach shack they're usually used for...
West End House by Kirk Architects
A Modern Take on a Timber Workers Cottage Fits in to Brisbane Street
With copious amounts of timber inside and out, this modern interpretation of a workers cottage feels natural, warm and welcoming.
The Avenue by Neil Architecture
This Couple Built Two Houses. One to Live In and One to Sell...
This duplex development isn't what we have come to expect. It actively avoids placing garages on the street as an homage to the car.
Avalon by ArchiBlox
This Green Roofed Beach House Arrived on the Back of a Truck
With a green roof and other sustainable elements this beach-side residence touches the earth lightly physically and metaphorically.
Naranga Avenue House by James Russell Architects
Naranga Avenue House: You Haven't Seen Breeze Blocks Like This Before
Inspired by the surrounding '60s estate, James Russell Architects takes the humble breeze block to new heights of style.
Aireys Inlet Light House by ARKit
This Prefab House Solves the Age-Old Problem of Open Plan Living
The curse of the modern open-plan home? Noise. With flexible social spaces, parents in this house can entertain separately to the kids.
Island Bay House by WireDog Architecture
Compact Japanese-Inspired House Lives Large Thanks to a Wall of Glass
Thanks to a double-height space and an expansive openable wall of glass to capture the view, this home feels positively spacious.
K Valley House by Herbst Architects
Rusting Corrugated Iron on this Stunning Home is Like Rural Camouflage
The perfect retreat for a director and camera operator in the film industry, this home has no shortage of cinematic drama.
The Exploding! Shed House by David Weir Architects
Industrial Home/Studio Compliments Illustrator's Punchy Aesthetic
A compact weatherboard cottage explodes from the sides of a prefabricated shed to provide space for an illustrator to live and work.
Nelson House by Kerr Ritchie Architecture
Warm NZ House Designed to Embrace the Sun and View of Tasman Bay
A warm new home for a young family wraps around a courtyard space to create a protected area for the kids to play and the family to enjoy the stunning ocean views.
Studio 19 Community Housing by Strachan Group Architects
Architecture Students Also Design and Build Two Community Houses
Studio 19 are at it again, designing two stunning community houses for a not-for-profit organisation in New Zealand.
Studio 19 Bach by Strachan Group Architects
Beach House Designed and Built by a Group of Architecture Students
Small in both budget and footprint, but clever thinking and innovative solutions have produced a home which ticks all the boxes...
Bach House by Jamison Architects
A Home That Embraces and Enhances the Site's Unique Natural Features
A magnificent 100 year old fig tree and a small creek are treated as sacred elements in this home which embraces its environment.
Big & Small House by Anonymous Architects
A Single-Space Living Area Helps this Compact Home to Feel Spacious
The smallest house on the block contains one of the largest rooms. What this house lacks in square metres it makes up for in volume.
Yan Lane by Justin Mallia
Inner-City Lost Space is Transformed by this Infill Development
We don't often feature multi-residential projects. But when we do, they're beautifully innovative projects like this one.
House for Hermes by Andrew Simpson Architects
Heritage Listed Chicory Kiln on Phillip Island is Infinitely Flexible
A heritage-listed chicory kiln on Phillip Island is transformed into a delightfully playful residence for a couple.
Waratah Bay House by Hayne Wadley Architecture
Sixel Miller Cottage by Durbach Block Jaggers Architects
Building a New Home in a Heritage Area is Sure to Be a Challenge...
Despite strict heritage controls and a tight site, Durbach Block Jaggers Architects manage to deliver this charming and bright home.
Somers Beach House by March Studio
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.
Turramurra House by Noxon Giffen Architects
A Home Inspired by Established Scribbly Gums on the Site
Scribbly Gums on the site of this new family home inspire the use of timber internally and help to generate the colour palette.
Brunswick East House by Adrian Bonomi Architect
C House Prioritises Volume and Light Play Over Excessive Floor Space
Sandwiched between weatherboard cottages in Brunswick East, C House breaks with convention to create a warm, unique and nuanced home.
Blueys Beach House by Bourne Blue Architecture
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.
Laneway House by 9point9 Architects
Covered Outdoor Dining Spills Onto a Courtyard in This Tropical Home
By creating outdoor covered spaces for dining and car parking Laneway House manages to pack a lot of space onto a tight site.
Crackenback Stables by Casey Brown Architecture
Fine Detailing Takes Rustic, Shed-Like Materials to the Next Level...
This modern farmhouse combines a manager's residence, stable and self contained two-bedroom apartment in finely detailed modern sheds.
Sydney Blue Mountains House by Urban Possible
A House for Rock Climbers, Artists and, of Course, Their Friends...
Two avid climbers, a professor and a gallery owner, teamed up to build a house in the Blue Mountains to host fellow climbers and artists.
Little Gore Street Studio by Tim Spicer Architects
Dilapidated Garage Reimagined as a Creative Little Studio
Located in a tight lane way in Fitzroy, Little Gore Street Studio is a truly unique response to urban densification...
Tawharanui House by RTA Studio
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.
Somers House One by Adrian Bonomi Architect
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.
Bush House by Archterra Architects
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.