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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
Saturn II by McManus Lew Architects
Saturn II by McManus Lew Architects
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 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 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 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 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?