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:
House MT by Kart Projects
Rather Than Open Plan, Why Not Go for Connected Plan Instead?
This retired couple wanted an intimate home for themselves, but what happens when extended family visit? Enter the 'connected plan'...
Seachange House by Solomon Troup Architects
Real-life Seachange Gives Retirees a Chance to Create a New Lifestyle
These retirees packed up their life in Western Victoria to move to Barwon Heads. What lifestyle would you want out of a seachange?
Elemental House by Ben Callery Architects
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...
Wistow House by Mountford Williamson Architecture
The Simple Life: House Designed for an Acreage; Robust, yet Elegant
Looking for a simpler lifestyle and to indulge their passion for horses, this modern home for their acreage is perfection.
30 August 2019
The Thing You Might Forget When Planning Your New Home or Reno
When you're building or renovating, you spend a lot of time picking the perfect tiles and paint colours, but don't forget about this...
29 August 2019
DIY Security System Versus Professional
When installing a security system, the question is: professional installation or do it yourself?
Hart House by Casey Brown Architecture
This Modern Australian Beach House Feels Like It's Floating on Water
This stunning modern Australian beach house has a whole wall of glass, taking in spectacular views of the beach and headland beyond.
Apollo Bay House by Dock4 Architecture
New Spaces Draped Around an Original Cedar-lined Shack Like a Tent
A new asymmetrical frame encloses the original shack, wrapping new living areas all around to take advantage of the views.
Stradbroke Dual Occupancy by Graham Anderson Architects
Clever Siting of Two Beach Houses Allows Both Homes the Best View
Running the two homes perpendicular to the street allows this dual occupancy design to maximise views and maintain privacy.
Avoca Weekender by Architecture Saville Isaacs
Home Robust Enough for the Kids With Luxurious Touches For the Adults
This laid back holiday home is tough enough to cope with the kids yet luxurious: the perfect escape to create lifetime memories.
Hidden House by Andrew Child Architecture
Hidden House: This Home Gives Little Away From the Street
A private, yet light-filled coastal home is the perfect fit for a retired couple, with plenty of room for visitors.
Gavin Street Residence by POD (People Oriented Design)
How Much House Do You Need? How About the Least House Necessary?
This environmentally-considerate home is carefully planned to ensure it's compact yet spacious: the least house necessary.
Tropical Beach House by Renato D'Ettorre Architects
Lock and Leave Tropical Hideaway Is a Perfect Escape for This Family
This tropical home locks down when it's not being used, but when it's open, it embraces the natural landscape in every direction...
Paddock House by Archterra Architects
This Home Sits Comfortably on an Expansive Rural Property
Oriented for passive heating and cooling and taking in stunning views of the landscape, Paddock House feels right at home in the bush.
Little at Large by Khab Architects
This Compact Home Makes the Most of its Dramatic Rural Site
Celebrating an incredible rural site, this eco-friendly home opens up to the views, basks in the sun and collects all its own water.
Skyline House by Lachlan Shepherd Architects
A Home in a Bushfire-prone Area That Doesn't Feel Like a Bunker
The clever design for this challenging site allows the home to deal with the threat of bushfire, while still taking in the views.
Bluebird Duplex by
Two New Townhouses for an Adventurous Architectural Photographer
A creative design for two new townhouses defies many of the qualities of these types of developments to create bright and breezy homes.
Macmasters Beach House by buck&simple
This Modern Beach House Design Celebrates its Spectacular Location
A modern beach house design replaces the ageing cottage on a property that has been in the family for over 50 years.
Five Yards House by Archier
A New Home Defined and Enlarged By Its Connection to the Garden
A relatively modest-sized home feels more spacious and comfortable thanks to its connection to and interaction with five garden spaces.
29 November 2018
Don't Do It!
So many decision when building or renovating. Architect Wesley Spencer tells us what not to do so we don't make a design faux pas...
First Lessons House by Ray Dinh Architecture
Getting the Basics Right Helps Architect Nail His First Solo Project
The careful siting of this new home helps it take full advantage of the sun and embrace a beautiful, bushy site.
First Lessons House by Ray Dinh Architecture
Aireys Ramp House by Irons McDuff Architecture
This Beach House Wraps Around Itself to Protect from the Elements
Living near the beach has its pros and cons. A great beach house needs to embrace the sunshine while protecting from cold ocean winds.
Aireys Ramp House by Irons McDuff Architecture
Ballarat East House by Porter Architects
Timber Inside and Out Helps This Home Fit Into Its Bushy Site
When the inhabitants of your suburban fringe block include a number of old native trees, mimic their style and go timber all over.
The Peak by Grimshaw Architects
An Affordable and Sustainable Tiny House (With a Heart)
Just because this tiny house is affordable, sustainable and socially responsible doesn't mean it's not stylish to boot...
Oikos Breakneck Gorge by Robert Nichol & Sons
A Short-term Home Away From Home Where Quality Trumps Quantity
Oikos, ancient Greek for 'home', is a short-term rental demonstrating luxury is achievable if we down-size our ambitions.
House with a Guest Room by Andrew Power
A House with a Guest Room is Created with Three Simple Pavilions
At this minimal home, the space in between the living area and bedrooms is just as crucial as the spaces themselves.
12 October 2018
Building Budgets: How Much Does it Cost to Build a House?
So how much does it cost to build a house? Unfortunately, there's no easy answer, but here are a few tricks to get a good estimate...
Nulla Vale House and Shed by MRTN Architects
An Off-Grid, Back-to-Basics Retreat Connects This Couple to the Land
This warm, textural home creates a connection to place, captures views and creates a humble retreat from the elements (and the city).
Buxton House by Anchor Homes
Can You Guess What Sets This Home Apart from the Rest?
Opening onto a huge deck, with incredible views from every room, you'll never guess what makes this country home so unique.
CABN Lets You Try Out Tiny House Living for Yourself
Could you live in a tiny house? CABN, an Australian tiny house tucked away in the Adelaide Hills, gives you a test drive (stay).
Blueys Beach House 5 by Bourne Blue Architecture
A Modern Take on the Traditional Fibro Beach Shack
Beachside towns were once dotted with simple fibro beach shacks. This modern home reinterprets that classic style.
Recyclable House by
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!
7 June 2018
Double-height Spaces Double the Drama (and Make Your Home Feel Larger)
'Does my lounge look big in this [double-height space]' you ask your partner, but for once you hope they reply, 'kinda, yeah'...
25 May 2018
Small House Plans: 18 Home Designs Under 100m2
Living large in a small house is what we're all about. Here are 18 house plans under 100 square metres to give you some ideas.
Golf Course House by Bespoke Architects
A New Home to Appeal to Lovers of Mid-Century Design
With views over the golf course, the architect achieved a mid-century-inspired design, while adhering to local design guidelines.
JR’s Hut at Kimo Estate by Anthony Hunt Design & Luke Stanley Architects
A Unique Place to Retreat When You Can't People Anymore
Perched on a hill in rural New South Wales, JR's Hut has all you need for the relaxing opportunity to switch off and reset.
4 May 2018
Houses Awards Shortlist 2018. Will You Pick a Winner?
Houses Awards 2018 shortlist was announced recently, will you pick a winner? Also a story about what a sad child I was...
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
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.