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:
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.
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.