Urban homes come with a lot of constraints. Tight sites, neighboring houses, heritage controls and planning regulations affect how urban homes are designed. Obviously constraints breed innovation because architecturally designed urban homes are some of the most innovative and interesting houses around.
At Lunchbox Architect we pride ourselves on sourcing the best examples of small urban homes. We argue that homes don't have to be huge to great. In fact, small urban homes are easier to maintain, cheaper to run and, when designed right, a joy to live in.
Block out the hustle and bustle by concentrating on these top-quality urban homes we've featured on Lunchbox Architect:
Full of character but dark and stuck with a long, narrow block, terrace renovations are a challenge, but the outcomes can be incredible.
The Snug by Green Sheep Collective Featured Project
When half the size of the average Australian home is more than ample
Transforming a run-down, dark and poorly insulated Californian Bungalow into a comfortable, efficient and sustainable home...
Fondue House by Castlepeake Architects Featured Project
Renovation creates a sustainable, all-electric home...
Despite a tall neighbour to the north, this renovated home is full of light and lush views. Plus, they were able to disconnect the gas.
LOA Studio by Featured Project
Mid-century-inspired home office makes working from home a dream...
This creative decided to transform his double garage into a functional and beautiful home office - just *before* the pandemic hit.
Jacoby by Lucy Clemenger Architects Featured Project
A dream home renovation for a lover of fashion, art and design...
What does the dream home of a multi-creative look like? Beautiful details, a relaxed beach house vibe and a healthy splash of colour.
Fin House by Aterre
Fin House by Aterre Featured Project
A house for self-confessed 'habitual over-caterers'...
Opening up the back of this semi to light and the backyard has created the perfect entertainer.
10 Fold House by Timmins + Whyte Featured Project
An intricate roofline, folded like origami, grabs light and views
Folded perfectly, the 10-fold roofline of this home grabs the light and views of treetops and provides privacy from neighbours.
Meta-Morphology by Sandbox Studio Architecture & Design Featured Project
A new addition to this home completely transforms its look and feel
The addition creates a new living area and main bedroom suite, completely transforming the functionality and style of this home.
Whiffling House by Wexhaus Architecture Featured Project
(Re)Creating a warm house the owners can entertain in...
Much of the charm of this original Edwardian cottage had been removed, painted over and, in some cases, plastered over.
Brunsiwck House by Michael McManus Architects Featured Project
This addition feels spacious in spite of a long, narrow block...
With clever planning and bringing light and framed views in at every opportunity, this long, narrow site feels surprisingly spacious.
Neville Street Residence by Chan Architecture Featured Project
How to make your home feel spacious, even if it's on a tight site
Just because your home is on a tight, inner-city site doesn't mean it can't feel spacious. You just need to use the right tricks!
The Courtyard House by Maryanne Taskovski Architect Featured Project
A courtyard creates the perfect transition between old and new
Getting the transition right is a challenge in any addition. Here, a courtyard creates breathing room between old and new.
Elizabeth Street House by O'Neill Architecture Featured Project
This modern Queenslander has a surprise behind its unassuming facade
Following the traditional layout at the front, this modern Queenslander defies expectations to create a vibrant modern home.
Laneway Loft by Shelley Roberts Architect Featured Project
Laneway Loft is the perfect self-contained guest house!
Previously an overgrown garden and outbuildings, this space is now the perfect self-contained guest retreat facing a rear laneway.
The Rose House by Brcar Morony Architecture Featured Project
Creating a peaceful urban sanctuary close to a busy highway
Your home is definitely your castle at this renovation which uses an elegant take on fortification to protect the home from noise.
Mischa's Place by Circle Studio Architects Featured Project
Marrying old and new leaves this renovation full of character
Old homes are full of character. By carefully marrying old and new in a renovation, you can retain some of that warmth and personality.
Alexandria House by PASSER Architects Featured Project
Ugly ducking of the street has transformed into an elegant swan...
The neighbours once dubbed this home the ugly duckling of the street, now they're green with envy at this stunning entertainer.
Brunswick Bush Shack by Sarah Kahn Architect Featured Project
Not your average terrace extension...
This home has a surprise at the end of the typically ornate Edwardian-era hallway, and it's far from your average terrace renovation!
Peek House by Kuzman Architecture Featured Project
Peek House is a personalty-packed renovation of a Victorian-era home
The history of this home as well as the personalities of its owners shine through in this clever renovation of a Victorian cottage.
Garden House by Featured Project
A garden pavilion is the perfect partner for this heritage home
Redbrick and terracotta-tiled Californian Bungalows are beautiful homes, but they can be dark. Here's a bright solution...
Tandem House by Fiona Drago Architect Featured Project
These down-sizers wanted a modern home in a walkable neighbourhood...
Moving from their large family home where the kids grew up, this family opted for a modern home closer to the things they love.
Kew Courtyard House by Drawing Room Architecture Featured Project
Mid-century never goes out of style for this creative couple
A mid-century-inspired home designed to navigate a long, skinny block is this creative duo's forever home...
Light House by Alexander Symes Architect Featured Project
Thoughtful renovation brings this home into the light side...
While retaining as much of the original house for cost and environmental reasons, this home is completely transformed.
Mt Eliza House by Bent Architecture Featured Project
A home fit for ageing in place doesn't need to look institutional...
When you think of ageing in place, you might imagine ramps, grab rails and a lot of linoleum. But it doesn't have to be that way...
Graffiti House by Durack Architects Featured Project
This old clothing warehouse is transformed into an incredible home...
Turn an existing clothing warehouse into a bold new home without losing its industrial aesthetic? Let's see how it turned out...
Silvertop House by Architopia Featured Project
Buy the plans for this sustainable, cost-effective four bedroom home
Clad in native timber, Silvertop House is at home in the country or the 'burbs and you can purchase the plans to build it on your block!
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A much better alternative to your average duplex development
A powerhouse team of women, the BuildHer8, took a meh townhouse development and turned it into something quite exceptional...
Gantry House by OOF! Architects Featured Project
What do you get if you cross a house and a warehouse?
This house crossed with a warehouse is the perfect live/work space for a family who are always making or doing something...
Watersedge by Jamison Architects Featured Project
A clever duplex design takes advantage of the waterfront location...
With the water at the back door and a lush tropical courtyard bringing in light and breezes, this duplex has the best of both worlds.
Terrace House 1 by DREAMER Featured Project
This terrace house renovation creates a lush outlook from every room
A terrace house typically makes you think, long, narrow and dark. This terrace might be long and narrow, but it's also light and lush!
SL House by Ben Walker Architects Featured Project
Would you like a home that feels like it's floating in the treetops?
Taking advantage of a mature native landscape, this home captures all the right views so it feels like you're floating in the treetops.
Maribyrnong Mods by Michael McManus Architects Featured Project
Sometimes it's the little things that can make a big difference...
A focus on the small changes with the biggest impact was key to keeping the renovation of this 1980s project home budget-friendly.
East Juliett by Sandbox Studio Architecture & Design Featured Project
There's a Lot Hiding Behind this 5-metre-wide Frontage
Looks can be deceiving. Hidden behind this narrow frontage is a spacious, light-filled and fun home thanks to a recent renovation.
East Juliett by Sandbox Studio Architecture & Design
Green House Preston by Circle Studio Architects Featured Project
A home addition inspired by the tiled facades of pubs in the area!
For a client who lives alone, this renovation was about creating the perfect home for their lifestyle, not more space.
House in Newtown by Architect George
House in Newtown by Architect George Featured Project
This home proves there's nothing pokey about small footprint living
Good design means you can live larger with less, meaning this compact home feels bright, spacious and surrounded by greenery.
Poppy's House by Northern Edge Studio Featured Project
Updating a Modernist Home Without Losing Its Character
Damp-ridden, cold and leaking, this 1960s home needed a revamp. Luckily, a sensitive approach retains the home's unique character.
Dover Townhouses by Featured Project
What If Your Young Kids Could Grow up Next Door to Their Cousins?
A pigeon pair of townhouses allow two brothers and their young families to live side-by-side; the perfect place to raise their kids.
Fitzroy North Residence by buck&simple Featured Project
Modern Addition Creates a New Heart for This Weatherboard Cottage
By removing poorly constructed add-ons and creating an open-plan living area as the new heart, this quaint cottage is transformed...
Laneway House by Subtract Architecture Featured Project
Face Swap! This Home Has Been Flipped to Face the Rear Laneway...
A complex, compact site on a slope and facing a busy road calls for a creative solution: switching the front and back!
Preston Retreat by Drawing Room Architecture Featured Project
Have a Garage You Never Use? Put the Space to Better Use...
A double garage has the perfect amount of space for a new multi-functional studio the owners will get far more use out of.
Offset House by Amrish Maharaj Architect & Kitty Lee Architecture Featured Project
When a Series of Renovations Leave a House Feeling Confused...
A house can become dysfunctional as poorly planned renovations alter the layout and strip away original details. But it can be fixed!
Modular Passive House by ARKit Featured Project
This Stunning Modular Home is Also a High-performance Passive House!
Built to Passive House standards, this home has exceptional energy-efficiency performance for comfortable living year-round.
Windsor Castle by Antarctica Featured Project
Unique Cladding Makes Living in This Home Like Living in a Greenhouse
Half greenhouse, half barn; despite being in a dense inner suburb, this home means it feels like it could be in the country!
North South House by Preston Lane Architects Featured Project
A Sustainable and Energy-efficient Home in Spite of Tricky Orientation
Getting light into living areas with a south-facing backyard is tricky. Here it's handled elegantly for an efficient and bright home.
Kingsford House by GSBN Studio Featured Project
Extending the Original Roofline Creates Stunning Cathedral Ceilings
Wanting a place to entertain friends and family, this new addition creates a grand living area overlooking the garden
Castray Apartment by Field Labs Featured Project
Ply and Steel Joinery Items Turn This Heritage Warehouse into a Home
This heritage warehouse has been sensitively transformed into a home with the careful insertion of joinery units to divide the space.
Ripple House by FMD Architects Featured Project
A Series of New Spaces Unfurl From Single-fronted Victorian Cottage
Far from the classic box-like addition, a series of unique spaces unfurl from the rear of the cottage, opening up to light and garden.