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:

Collection Terrace Renovation Full of character but dark and stuck with a long, narrow block, terrace renovations are a challenge, but the outcomes can be incredible.
St Kilda Home by Modscape (via Lunchbox Architect) St Kilda Home by Modscape
Featured Project This Inner-city Modular Home Has a Few Tricks up Its Sleeves! It's not what you expect when you think of a modular home, but this tricky house continues the surprises continue inside...
Brunswick Green by Drawing Room Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Brunswick Green by Drawing Room Architecture
Featured Project Architect Creates a Spacious Light-filled Home Against the Odds Despite a seemingly impossible set of constraints, this terrace has been transformed into a light-filled and sustainable family home.
Ainslie Cottage by buck&simple (via Lunchbox Architect) Ainslie Cottage by buck&simple
Featured Project Government-built Home Lovingly Transformed Into a Mid-century Gem The renovation of this post-war house leans on mid-century details and views of the native landscape to create a special home.
East Fremantle House by Nic Brunsdon (via Lunchbox Architect) East Fremantle House by Nic Brunsdon
Featured Project The Most Important Part of This House Is the Space That Is Not Built A generous north-facing courtyard becomes the best part of this house, bringing light, breezes and the outdoors into every space.
Munro by Lisa Cummins Architect (via Lunchbox Architect) Munro by Lisa Cummins Architect
Featured Project Historic Chimney Stacks Inspires Incredible Double-height Space... Chimneys of the old brickworks immediately caught the architect's attention and she knew this renovation needed to capture that view!
Malvern East Bachelor Pad by Eliza Blair Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Malvern East Bachelor Pad by Eliza Blair Architecture
Featured Project Bachelor Pad Reno Finds Unique Way to Create a Better Home for Owner Transforming a 1960s apricot-brick unit into the perfect bachelor pad meant rethinking the space and adapting what was already there...
Black Ribbon House by Studio 15b (via Lunchbox Architect) Black Ribbon House by Studio 15b
Featured Project Queenslander Renovation Creates a Home to Enjoy for Years to Come Rather than relocate, this family decided on a Queenslander renovation to create the home of their dreams in the street they love.
Waratah Secondary House by anthrosite (via Lunchbox Architect) Waratah Secondary House by anthrosite
Featured Project A Compact, Efficient Home Barely Bigger than a Typical Backyard Shed This studio was designed to minimise costs by maximising efficiency, creating a flexible space that was largely prefabricated off-site.
Gold Street Residence by Sarah Kahn Architect (via Lunchbox Architect) Gold Street Residence by Sarah Kahn Architect
Featured Project A Clever Addition Turns a Potentially Problematic Site Into Gold Others overlooked this heritage-listed home because of its exposure on three sides, but a playful addition turns it into an asset.
Wild House by Jon Lowe Architect (via Lunchbox Architect) Wild House by Jon Lowe Architect
Featured Project Inner-city Maisonette Transformed Thanks to New Living Space A new 60 square metre addition creates a bright and modern living space for this inner-city home.
Step Down House by Bijl Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Step Down House by Bijl Architecture
Featured Project Step Down Into This New Airy Pavilion Which Spills Into the Backyard Perfect for entertaining, this new living pavilion at the back of a 1910s home is light, airy and open to the backyard.
NTH/ by PLY Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) NTH/ by PLY Architecture
Featured Project Addition Expands This Home in Search of Light and Access to the Yard An addition which doesn't overshadow the original heritage house, but improves the home's spaciousness, access to light and the yard.
Deco House by Mihaly Slocombe (via Lunchbox Architect) Deco House by Mihaly Slocombe
Featured Project Love Art Deco? Here's a Take on It That's Perfect for Modern Living If you love the curved lines and detailing of the Art Deco period, but crave open spaces and natural light, this home is for you...
Milkman's Cottage by Preston Lane Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Milkman's Cottage by Preston Lane Architects
Featured Project Tiny Heritage Cottage Transformed into Surprisingly Spacious Home Once home to the local milkman, this quaint cottage has been transformed into a light and bright home with a surprising sense of space.
Scott by Foomann Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Scott by Foomann Architects
Featured Project 'Box in the Back' Creates an Elegant and Cost-effective Home Addition A simple, rectangular, double-storey addition was a cost-effective way to gain the space this family needed. Plus some indulgences...
18 January 2021 (via Lunchbox Architect) 18 January 2021
Article How to put an offer on a property to suit different selling methods Purchasing a property can be a daunting undertaking. But putting in an offer doesn't need to be. Here's how to put in an offer once you've found the home you want...
18 January 2021 (via Lunchbox Architect) 18 January 2021
Empress House by YSC Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Empress House by YSC Architects
Featured Project Like a Jewellery Box, This Home Is Perfect for Your Precious Family This home, inspired by a jewellery box, is perfect for your most treasured people and possessions: beautiful, safe and ordered.
SKY/ by PLY Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) SKY/ by PLY Architecture
Featured Project A Modern Home Filled with Character, Sun, Air and Sky Views Modern homes can be criticised for lacking character, but modern doesn't need to equal sterile.
27 November 2020 (via Lunchbox Architect) 27 November 2020
Article Introducing Architopia: beautiful house designs you can purchase for a simple flat fee Not everyone needs a completely custom-designed home. Now you can access high-quality architectural house designs for a flat fee.
Shadow Roll House by Megowan Architectural (via Lunchbox Architect) Shadow Roll House by Megowan Architectural
Featured Project An Incredible Addition Tucked Behind a Heritage Protected Cottage From the street, all you can see is a sliver of the stunning new addition, designed to protect the heritage value of the original home.
Paddo Terrace by Sandbox Studio Architecture & Design (via Lunchbox Architect) Paddo Terrace by Sandbox Studio Architecture & Design
Featured Project Light and Bright Addition Turns This Tiny Terrace Into Spacious Home At 52 square metres, this two-storey terrace was about the same size as a two-bedroom apartment, now there's space to entertain guests.
Mass and Void by Sparks Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Mass and Void by Sparks Architects
Featured Project This Home Stands Out in Its Housing Estate for All the Right Reasons Even a block in a typical housing estate can benefit from an architect's touch, creating a home that's a joy to live in year-round...
Knocklofty by Preston Lane Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Knocklofty by Preston Lane Architects
Featured Project Voids, Volume and Views. This Warehouse-inspired Home Has It All… Transforming a 1980s house into a warehouse loft-inspired home involved removing the roof but the results are more than worth it!
Paperback House by Ben Callery Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Paperback House by Ben Callery Architects
Featured Project Home for Two Publishers and Family Makes a Hero Out of the Bookshelf Every good architectural story needs a hero. In this renovation, it's a striking bookshelf which screens a work-from-home space...
Mavis House by  (via Lunchbox Architect) Mavis House by
Featured Project South Facing Backyard? You Can Still Enjoy Passive Solar Design... This addition to a post-war brick home has a trick up its sleeve to guarantee access to sunlight despite the backyard facing south.
Glebe House by Supercontext (via Lunchbox Architect) Glebe House by Supercontext
Featured Project Addition on a Narrow Four Metre-wide Site Defies Its Constraints Defying its narrow site, challenging east-west orientation and heritage restrictions, this skinny home manages to feel spacious.
Balgowlah Residence by  (via Lunchbox Architect) Balgowlah Residence by
Featured Project Transforming a Californian Bungalow Into the Perfect Family Home A west-facing backyard and poorly-designed additions left this family with dark mornings and overheated afternoons, but no longer...
Brick Residence by Preston Lane Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Brick Residence by Preston Lane Architects
Featured Project Renovating a House That Has Been in the Family for Almost 70 Years… Imagine having a classic modernist house in the family for three generations? How would you sensitively renovate it?
Back Box House by OOF! Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Back Box House by OOF! Architects
Featured Project A Staged Reno Over 10 Years Helps This Home Change With Its Family Staging the renovation of this home into two phases made budgetary sense and allows the home to adapt to the family's changing needs.
2 October 2020 (via Lunchbox Architect) 2 October 2020
Article 2 scenarios where a bridging loan will help you in your home loan journey Buying a new home and selling your current property can be tricky, that's where a bridging loan might be able to help...
Split House by FMD Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Split House by FMD Architects
Featured Project Original Home Inspires a Respectful But Radically Different Addition The roof and layout of the original home serve as the inspiration for a new addition, but a modern twist creates perfect family home.
North Bondi House by Josephine Hurley Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) North Bondi House by Josephine Hurley Architecture
Featured Project Location, Location, Location. And, Now, the Other Three Ls... This 1980s-era home already had a stellar location. Thanks to an internal reno, it has everything else you'd want in a home, too...
Paddington House by Supercontext (via Lunchbox Architect) Paddington House by Supercontext
Featured Project Traces of the Original Are Left to Tell the Story of Paddington Reno The substantial renovation of this terrace transforms the home, but reminders of the past are woven in to create a rich tapestry.
Feng Shui House by Steffen Welsch Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Feng Shui House by Steffen Welsch Architects
Featured Project Feng Shui Helps This Reno Achieve Harmony and Happiness In many ways, Feng Shui aligns with the principles of good design. Here, Feng Shui achieves a light, harmonious and delightful home.
Stafford House by TONIC Design (via Lunchbox Architect) Stafford House by TONIC Design
Featured Project High Ceilings, Large Windows Make This Home Look and Feel Larger It's amazing how high ceilings can offer your home an extra sense of space, just take a look at this light and bright example...
Oye Mi Canto House by CplusC Architectural Workshop (via Lunchbox Architect) Oye Mi Canto House by CplusC Architectural Workshop
Featured Project The Secret to Ensuring Light and Breezes for this Long Narrow Home... Three distinct pavilions create the breathing room needed for maximum light and breezes on this narrow inner-city block.
Northcote Residence by Melanie Beynon AD (via Lunchbox Architect) Northcote Residence by Melanie Beynon AD
Featured Project A Timber-rich Addition Creates a Warm, Character-filled Home A beautiful new living space wrapping around a courtyard deck plus main bedroom suite creates the perfect home for a family of six.
Driftwood by  (via Lunchbox Architect) Driftwood by
Featured Project A Beach House That Feels Private Without Missing the Views A beach house doesn't need to feel like a glass box on stilts, this home feels intimate while still celebrating the views.
Pool House by Zen Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Pool House by Zen Architects
Featured Project Multi-generational Family Pool Their Resources to Create Perfect Home Pooling for a pool: would you join forces with your parents to create the ultimate inner-city pad complete with a rooftop pool?
Deepwater House by Dieppe Design (via Lunchbox Architect) Deepwater House by Dieppe Design
Featured Project Building on a BAL-FZ (Flame Zone) Site Made This Home a Challenge With the site's Bushfire Attack Level of Flame Zone, achieving the incredible expanses of glazing took incredible attention to detail.
The Good Life House by MRTN Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) The Good Life House by MRTN Architects
Featured Project A Home Designed for a Family to Come Together or Find their Own space Bringing together all the things they loved from previous houses, their new home represents the good life for this family of five.
Maison de Famille by Sandbox Studio Architecture & Design (via Lunchbox Architect) Maison de Famille by Sandbox Studio Architecture & Design
Featured Project Why Move When Renovating Means You Can Achieve Everything You Want? The only way was up at this home, but renovating meant this family were able to achieve everything they wanted without having to move.
Puzzle Box by Amrish Maharaj Architect (via Lunchbox Architect) Puzzle Box by Amrish Maharaj Architect
Featured Project This Home Addition Was More Like Solving a Complex 3D Puzzle With the option of renovating or selling, this family chose to renovate to stay in the area they, but that was easier said than done!
Cooks River House by studioplusthree (via Lunchbox Architect) Cooks River House by studioplusthree
Featured Project It's Hard to Believe This Home is Tucked in Sydney's Inner-west. With its lush, wild setting, this home could be worlds away from the city and that's exactly what the owners wanted to achieve.
23 July 2020 (via Lunchbox Architect) 23 July 2020
Article 15 Architects Share Their Favourite Three Projects Architects show us some of their proudest moments and explain what they love so much about what they do.
Garnet Street by Kirsten Johnstone Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Garnet Street by Kirsten Johnstone Architecture
Featured Project New Layout of this Inter-war Home Makes it Perfect for Modern Living By rethinking the layout of this home, a more efficient plan that's perfect for modern living was found within the existing footprint.
Oxford Cottage by Bones Studio (via Lunchbox Architect) Oxford Cottage by Bones Studio
Featured Project Queenslander Renovation Transforms One-bedroom into Family Home Stunning Queenslander renovation retains the character of the original home while creating a modern addition for a growing family.
Masuto by Jamison Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Masuto by Jamison Architects
Featured Project Rethinking the Typical Duplex Development Offers Numerous Advantages 'It's the way things have always been done' doesn't mean it's the best solution! Questioning the norm can unlock hidden gold...