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:

20 April 2018 (via Lunchbox Architect) 20 April 2018
Article Dark and Dingy to Big and Bright: 7 Terrific Terrace Renovation Ideas Terrace renovations are a challenge. How do you get light and a sense of space into a narrow block with neighbours all around?
Leederville House by RYANarc (via Lunchbox Architect) Leederville House by RYANarc
Featured Project A Unique Vaulted Ceiling and Clerestory Windows Bring in the Light A home on a corner block maximises light without sacrificing privacy by reorienting to the north and some strategic clerestory windows.
A Sunroom by Arcke Architecture and Interior Design (via Lunchbox Architect) A Sunroom by Arcke Architecture and Interior Design
Featured Project A Sunroom and Articulated Fence Were All it Took to Update this Home We love simple projects that make a big difference. And it doesn't get much simpler than a sunroom and a fence.
Saturn II by McManus Lew Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Saturn II by McManus Lew Architects
Featured Project A New Rear Living Area Creates a Better Connection to the Outdoors We love to get out and enjoy the backyard, but too often our homes are disconnected from our outdoor spaces. Here's what you can do...
Saturn II by McManus Lew Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Saturn II by McManus Lew Architects
Saturn II by McManus Lew Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Saturn II by McManus Lew Architects
Saturn II by McManus Lew Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Saturn II by McManus Lew Architects
Port Melbourne House by Finnis Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Port Melbourne House by Finnis Architects
Featured Project Former Milkbar Now a Light-filled Family Home Among the Treetops Floating above the original milkbar is a recently renovated pavilion which makes this unique family home feel like it's a treehouse.
Brunswick House by Chan Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Brunswick House by Chan Architecture
Featured Project How to Create a Modern, Flexible and Bright Space on a Narrow Block Renovating an older, inner-city home comes with a peculiar set of challenges - how to make it seem bright and spacious when it's not.
Crisp House by Robert Nichol & Sons (via Lunchbox Architect) Crisp House by Robert Nichol & Sons
Featured Project Heritage Homes Are Romantic, but They're a Challenge to Renovate An architect wrestles with the romance of renovating a historic home and the challenge of meeting planning and regulatory requirements.
Lighthouse by Room 11 (via Lunchbox Architect) Lighthouse by Room 11
Featured Project 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.
Beyond House by Ben Callery Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Beyond House by Ben Callery Architects
Featured Project What to Do When You Outgrow Your House but Love Your Neighbourhood? Craving more space (and sun) and considering a move? Are you really better off uprooting your family and moving somewhere new?
Joyful House by Mihaly Slocombe (via Lunchbox Architect) Joyful House by Mihaly Slocombe
Featured Project This Joyful House Brings in Light and Opens Onto the Garden A family of five create a joyful home with a series of open, colourful and light-filled spaces for their energetic young family.
Northcote House by Winwood Mckenzie Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Northcote House by Winwood Mckenzie Architecture
Featured Project Some Simple Modifications Transform This Unrenovated Family Home Simple, yet intelligent changes, which reference to the home's post-war cream brick heritage create a period drama of a difference.
Bluestone Terrace Pavilion by  (via Lunchbox Architect) Bluestone Terrace Pavilion by
Featured Project A Sunny Glass Box Helps This Bluestone Cottage Connect to the Garden Owned by a landscape gardener, this 1880s bluestone cottage is now connected to the garden and full of natural light and sea breezes.
Nest House by Zen Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Nest House by Zen Architects
Featured Project A Cozy, Nest-Like Mezzanine Studio Floats Above This Living Space To unite all living spaces without creating one large space, a unique nest-like studio sits above the living area in this reno.
House Au Yeung by Tribe Studio (via Lunchbox Architect) House Au Yeung by Tribe Studio
Featured Project A Quirky Renovation Beautifully Reinterprets this 1930s Bungalow Inspired by the whimsical flourishes of the original 1930s home this renovation reinterprets brick sunbursts and Tudor detailing.
Taringa Treehouse by Phorm Architecture and Design (via Lunchbox Architect) Taringa Treehouse by Phorm Architecture and Design
Featured Project Taringa Treehouse: An Unorthodox Addition at the Bottom of the Garden A delightfully fun, cubby-like folly at the bottom of the garden provides extra space and encourages the full use of the garden.
Brunswick Cottage by EM Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Brunswick Cottage by EM Architects
Featured Project A Compact Home Was Made Even Smaller but the Outcome is Extraordinary This compact home was made even smaller yet better, proving the amount of space you have is less important than how you use it...
Villa Unit Reinvigorate by SWG Studio (via Lunchbox Architect) Villa Unit Reinvigorate by SWG Studio
Featured Project Removing Internal Walls Gives This Home a Modern Open-Plan Vibe By removing the internal walls of this unit and incorporating plenty of built-in joinery, it feels more spacious and modern.
St David Street House by Drawing Room Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) St David Street House by Drawing Room Architecture
Featured Project With Good Design Even the Smallest of Spaces Can Live Large This compact addition proves small spaces can be highly liveable with plenty of storage, daylighting and a connection to the outdoors.
D+K House by buck&simple (via Lunchbox Architect) D+K House by buck&simple
Featured Project These Owners Take Their Love of Gardening to New Heights A deep soil green roof improves this home's environmental credentials, looks great and satisfies the owners' love of gardening.
Glass Link House by Robbie Walker (via Lunchbox Architect) Glass Link House by Robbie Walker
Featured Project New Master Bedroom Pod for a "Very, Very Deserving Mum"... After buying a "rough" knocker-downer in the 'burbs, builder/designer/snow boarder, Robbie Walker decided to renovate instead.
Casa de Gatos by WOWOWA Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Casa de Gatos by WOWOWA Architecture
Featured Project Crazy About Cats? We May Have Found Your Perfect Inner-City Abode... If fur-babies, travel, colour and fun are ticking some mental boxes for you, you'll love Casa de Gatos (or 'House of Cats' in Spanish).
Like Living in the '70s by Steffen Welsch Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Like Living in the '70s by Steffen Welsch Architects
Featured Project Modernist 1970s Home Addresses its Shortcomings For 21st Century Life A home rich with character is updated to improve comfort, privacy and connection to the landscape without losing its vintage feel.
Ethel by Lisa Cummins Architect (via Lunchbox Architect) Ethel by Lisa Cummins Architect
Ethel by Lisa Cummins Architect (via Lunchbox Architect) Ethel by Lisa Cummins Architect
Featured Project What Surprises Are Hiding Behind This Humble Victorian-Era Facade? 'Ethel' has a number of delightful surprises up her sleeve, proving there's more to this humble Victorian home than she lets on...
Jindalee Outlook House by Trace Studio (via Lunchbox Architect) Jindalee Outlook House by Trace Studio
Featured Project 1970s Home Opens Up Front and Back to Connect Indoors and Outdoors A series of small additions left this home's living areas dark and detached from the garden, but Trace Studio have changed all that.
Studio Garage by Krisna Cheung Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Studio Garage by Krisna Cheung Architects
Featured Project A Translucent Studio Creates a Soft Backdrop for an Inner City Yard A garage and studio with seperate access from the laneway is a flexible and sensitive space at the rear of this inner-city terrace.
Waverley House by Sam Crawford Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Waverley House by Sam Crawford Architects
Featured Project Could You Live Overseas During the Construction of Your Home? With a good architect, much of the stress of building can be alleviated. This home was renovated while the owners were overseas!
Brunswick Extension by ArchiBlox (via Lunchbox Architect) Brunswick Extension by ArchiBlox
Footscray Apartment by BoardGrove Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Footscray Apartment by BoardGrove Architects
Featured Project Footscray Apartment Renovated for More Flexibility and Light An unorthodox, but clever, renovation creates a series of light-filled flexible living spaces and creates the illusion of space.
Northcote House by Adam Dettrick Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Northcote House by Adam Dettrick Architects
Northcote House by Adam Dettrick Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Northcote House by Adam Dettrick Architects
Adelaide Terrace by vittinoAshe (via Lunchbox Architect) Adelaide Terrace by vittinoAshe
Featured Project Apartment Renovation Turns Out to be the Perfect Retirement Plan In this woman's retirement plan? A desire to downsize and determination to age in graceful style in a city central apartment.
Loft House by CHORDstudio (via Lunchbox Architect) Loft House by CHORDstudio
Featured Project A Building at the Back of the Garden Solves a Lot of Problems A building at the bottom of this Perth garden contains a music studio and sleeping loft while connecting to semi-outdoor living areas.
Clinker Charm by Detail 9 Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Clinker Charm by Detail 9 Architects
Featured Project You've Heard of Flipping Houses, But This Home Gets a Different Flip With a living area facing a busy road, a separate and congested kitchen and an under-utilised backyard, this home needed flipping...
Elizabeth Street by Dorrington Atcheson Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Elizabeth Street by Dorrington Atcheson Architects
Featured Project 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 (via Lunchbox Architect) Elizabeth Street by Dorrington Atcheson Architects
Paddington Residence by Ellivo Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Paddington Residence by Ellivo Architects
Featured Project "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.
Neville House by Raw Drafting + Design (via Lunchbox Architect) Neville House by Raw Drafting + Design
The Corner House by POLYstudio (via Lunchbox Architect) The Corner House by POLYstudio
The Corner House by POLYstudio (via Lunchbox Architect) The Corner House by POLYstudio
The Corner House by POLYstudio (via Lunchbox Architect) The Corner House by POLYstudio
Blackburn House by ArchiBlox (via Lunchbox Architect) Blackburn House by ArchiBlox
Featured Project 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.
White Delight by POLYstudio (via Lunchbox Architect) White Delight by POLYstudio
Featured Project A New Verandah Enhances the Liveability of This Inner-City Home Never underestimate the power of a well-designed outdoor living area to transform your home. This clever verandah is a great example.
Monolith House by Rara Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Monolith House by Rara Architecture
Featured Project A Home Designed for Light and Family, Not 'The Market' When you need to fit a lot onto a small block, forget market expectations and look for light and functionality to suit your family.
Project M by Studio 15b (via Lunchbox Architect) Project M by Studio 15b
Featured Project A Home That's Been In the Family for Generations Gets a Lift After a series of ad-hoc alterations, this long-time family home was in need of a major overhaul - it was raised, built-in and under.
YEOVIL by David Barr Architect (via Lunchbox Architect) YEOVIL by David Barr Architect
YEOVIL by David Barr Architect (via Lunchbox Architect) YEOVIL by David Barr Architect