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:

12 October 2018 (via Lunchbox Architect) 12 October 2018
Article How to Improve Rental Profits Having greater rental profits comes down to a very simple equation: more rent and fewer complications. Here are a few tips...
Garden Studio by MODO Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Garden Studio by MODO Architecture
Featured Project Don't Build Over Your Garden, Grow Your Garden Up Instead! Instead of sacrificing their productive garden, plants are encouraged to grow up the walls of this clever backyard studio.
Project Nymph by Zen Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Project Nymph by Zen Architects
Featured Project What If Your Home Felt More Like Living in a Garden? This home takes advantage of its location near the Botanic Gardens to create a living area which feels like an extension of the garden.
Selby Aura Family Home by Drawing Room Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Selby Aura Family Home by Drawing Room Architecture
Featured Project What a Difference Fresh Colours, New Joinery and Great Lighting Makes This home had good bones, but forty years of use left it feeling tired. A clever facelift offers a fresh start for its new owners.
Micro Addition by Cathi Colla Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Micro Addition by Cathi Colla Architects
Featured Project Could a Micro Addition Be All You Need to Transform Your Home? We've heard of tiny houses and micro-apartments, but could a micro addition be the answer to your space issues? Let's see...
Urban Barnyard by Inbetween Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Urban Barnyard by Inbetween Architecture
Featured Project Urban Barnyard House Is Home to a Family and Their Chickens and Bees Hiring an architect to design your new home or renovation is a big commitment. So how do you know you're making the right choice?
Boston Villa by Nest Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Boston Villa by Nest Architects
Featured Project Abandoned for Years, This Elegant Villa Is Now a Sustainable Home This house had become a squat and burnt down during the design stage, but Dean and Lisa transformed it into a modern, sustainable home.
Two Pavilion House by  (via Lunchbox Architect) Two Pavilion House by
Featured Project Two Pavilions Prove a Creative Solution to a Challenging Site Splitting this home into two separate pavilions creates flexible spaces which also solves a number of challenges.
Courtyard House by Sarah Lake Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Courtyard House by Sarah Lake Architects
Featured Project The Conventional Form of This Addition Is Cut Back to Let the Sun In On a long, narrow site, a courtyard is cleverly cut into this addition to allow the sun to stream into new living spaces.
Courtyard Deck House by ZGA Studio (via Lunchbox Architect) Courtyard Deck House by ZGA Studio
Featured Project A Courtyard Deck's the Perfect Way to Combine Old and New at This Home A decked courtyard connects this existing home and extension, providing light, breezes and an indoor-outdoor connection to old and new.
Clerestory House by Pearson Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Clerestory House by Pearson Architecture
Featured Project Ingenious Clerestory Window Lets Light In Where You'd Least Expect It Just because you have a narrow block without a north-facing backyard doesn't mean you have to sacrifice light, views and ventilation.
Dark 'n' Stormy by Dan Gayfer Design (via Lunchbox Architect) Dark 'n' Stormy by Dan Gayfer Design
Featured Project A Kitchen Renovation to Weather the Storm (i.e. Three Young Boys) When you've got active young kids, your home must be robust enough to withstand a lot of punishment. This kitchen is built to last.
Mitchell Street Project by  (via Lunchbox Architect) Mitchell Street Project by
Featured Project A Dual-occupancy Project to Stand Out From the Rest It's rare that we feature a dual-occupancy project on Lunchbox Architect, but the attention to quality makes this one stand out...
LBK by PLY Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) LBK by PLY Architecture
Featured Project A Modern, Light-filled Extension to the Rear of a Heritage Home The new living area of this heritage home captures glimpses of the sky and opens seamlessly to the outdoors.
Laneway Studio by McGregor Westlake Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Laneway Studio by McGregor Westlake Architecture
Featured Project A Laneway Studio Designed as a Prototype for Developing Our Suburbs Architecture as a political statement. What should our suburbs look like as we attempt to squeeze millions more into our cities?
Skylit House by Downie North Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Skylit House by Downie North Architects
Featured Project A Renovation Which Resulted in Less, Not More. But Who's Complaining? Sometimes, reevaluating and reconfiguring what you have proves that you already have enough. It did for this family of five...
The Honeyworks House by Paul Butterworth Architect (via Lunchbox Architect) The Honeyworks House by Paul Butterworth Architect
Featured Project An Affordable Home With Room for the Grandchildren and Honey Making Rather than dedicate space to rooms that will rarely be used, create versatile spaces and spend your remaining budget on luxuries...
13 July 2018 (via Lunchbox Architect) 13 July 2018
Article Gas vs Electric? Is Gas Still the Cheapest, Most Efficient Choice? Australians have long been told natural gas is the cheapest and cleanest energy choice for their homes. Is that still true?
Ivanhoe Extension by Modscape (via Lunchbox Architect) Ivanhoe Extension by Modscape
Featured Project Could You Live at Home While Your Extension is Being Built? Living at home while your extension is built sounds like a nightmare, but this clever idea allowed the owners to live disruption-free.
Boundary Street House by Chan Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Boundary Street House by Chan Architecture
Featured Project A New Home Makes the Most of an Unusual Site in the Inner City It's not often you get to build a new house in the inner city. What would you do if you had a clean slate?
Enmore House by Amrish Maharaj Architect (via Lunchbox Architect) Enmore House by Amrish Maharaj Architect
Featured Project This Home Hides a Secret Which Transforms the Previously Dark Terrace Many old terraces are dark and pokey, but thanks to a tricky secret behind those doors, this terrace is now light, bright and spacious.
K2 House by FMD Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) K2 House by FMD Architects
Featured Project A Bachelor's Pad Is Transformed Into a Home Fit for a Family Life can change a lot in 10 years, so what do you do if your home no longer fits in with your life? Move or renovate?
College Place by Nest Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) College Place by Nest Architects
Featured Project How Would You Design a House for a Scuba Diver? If you're noticing a bit of an underwater theme in this home, it's no accident. This is a home for a keen scuba diver!
Randwick Pavilion by MaSQ Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Randwick Pavilion by MaSQ Architecture
Featured Project A Lounge Pavilion Set in a Sunken Garden Feels Both Indoors and Out A simple, yet considered pavilion connects the home to the garden and brings greenery and light into the living area.
Bustle House by FMD Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Bustle House by FMD Architects
Featured Project This Old Victorian-era 'Lady' Gets a Modern Bustle Dress Makeover The history and beauty of this old home are respected and celebrated by a bustle dress-inspired addition.
Tess + JJ's House by po-co Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Tess + JJ's House by po-co Architecture
Featured Project A New Two-storey House That Won't Upset the Neighbours? A new house, in an old area, on a tight site, with space for a family of four that won't upset the neighbours? Are they dreaming?
House SE by Walter&Walter (via Lunchbox Architect) House SE by Walter&Walter
Featured Project Perforated Sliding Door Provides Privacy Without Blocking Views or Light Inspired by the spaces and ornamentation of the original home, this home plays with light and space to create a dramatic addition.
Yeronga Renovation by Smith Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Yeronga Renovation by Smith Architects
Featured Project Love Mountain Sports? Put a Climbing Wall in Your Lounge Room This adventurous renovation transforms an ugly duckling into a fun and functional family home, celebrating the owners' hobbies.
Brunswick West House by Taylor Knights (via Lunchbox Architect) Brunswick West House by Taylor Knights
Featured Project Introvert or Extrovert? Here's an Open-Plan Space with Room for All! Three sculptural walls create nooks and niches within a larger open-plan space, creating the opportunity to mingle or seek solitude.
North Avoca Studio by Matt Thitchener Architect (via Lunchbox Architect) North Avoca Studio by Matt Thitchener Architect
Featured Project A Multi-purpose Space to Work, Relax, Entertain and Enjoy the Views Perched dramatically on a steep slope overlooking the ocean, this separate studio is the perfect retreat for work, rest or play.
The Light Box by Finnis Architects & Damon Hills (via Lunchbox Architect) The Light Box by Finnis Architects & Damon Hills
Featured Project A Garden Pavilion Nestled in this Backyard Brings the Outdoors In In a street of Californian Bungalows, it was important to maintain the status quo. It's a whole other story at the rear of this home...
Carlton House by Tom Robertson Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Carlton House by Tom Robertson Architects
Featured Project A Double Height Space Brings Light Into This Previously Dark Cottage And he said, 'Let there be light', and there was light. Thanks to a new double height space, this cottage is transformed.
McGunnigle Shack by mishack (via Lunchbox Architect) McGunnigle Shack by mishack
Featured Project When Fans of Mid-century Design Saw Mishack, They Saw a Kindred Spirit This modern home captures the spirit of mid-century design, with a taste of American diner-style breakfast booths for good measure.
Lawes Street Extension by Habitech Systems (via Lunchbox Architect) Lawes Street Extension by Habitech Systems
Featured Project What You Can Do to Rectify a 1980s Brown Brick Atrocity The '80s was responsible for numerous crimes against taste (but some pretty fabs music). What can you do to right some of those wrongs?
Melbourne Vernacular by  (via Lunchbox Architect) Melbourne Vernacular by
Featured Project Sustainable Owners Renovate with Minimum Carbon Footprint With a passion for sustainability, these owners salvaged whatever they could to reduce the carbon footprint of their renovation.
Lake Wendouree House by Porter Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Lake Wendouree House by Porter Architects
Featured Project Despite Its Age, This Home Was Anything but a Renovator’s Delight This home's meticulous maintenance record details upkeep such as 'biannual repainting'. It was in A1 condition, but still needed modernising.
Cubby Office by Krisna Cheung Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Cubby Office by Krisna Cheung Architects
Featured Project School Holidays Are No Longer a Nightmare for These Working Parents Cubby Office to the rescue! A fun, connected, yet separate space for the kids to play while the parents get back to work.
Garden View House by  (via Lunchbox Architect) Garden View House by
Featured Project Stuck on Whether to Renovate or Demolish and Start Over? These owners decided to work with what they had rather than start afresh. The result is a functional and character-filled home.
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?