New homes provide the opportunity for a completely custom design. Even on a modest budget, architects can design an affordable new home that’s perfectly suited to your needs.
This is our selection of stunning architecturally designed new homes:
30 September 2022
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Dolphin Sands Studio by Matt Williams Architects
The perfect retreat to reset surrounded by stunning scenery
A beautiful studio on Tasmania's coastline offers the perfect place to relax and soak in the views.
House in Tasmania (Big Red) by Architect George
This compact home is a contemporary take on the classic Aussie shack
Two pavilions offset to capture light and views and create a sheltered courtyard help this home look and feel much larger than it is.
Somers Modular Home by Modscape
The trick this modular home uses to soak in the view...
By thinking differently about the floor plan, this modular beach hosue is able to take advantage of stunning ocean views.
Beach Slice by Steffen Welsch Architects
The perfect slice of beach house living...
This triangular beach house nestled among the gums and grasses is the perfect slice of beach house living only an hour from Melbourne.
Wahgunyah House by Regional Design Service
A mid-century-inspired forever home exceeded owners' expectations
Creating a modern home that takes advantage of its semi-rural setting with plenty of mid-century flair is no simple task...
Point Lonsdale II by Stonehouse + Irons Architecture
Courtyard design creates a sunny, yet protected, coastal home
Courtyard design using robust materials for a low-maintenance home that will age gracefully - perfect for a couple looking to retire.
Jamberoo Farm House by Casey Brown Architecture
Jamberoo Farm House by Casey Brown Architecture
Trio of pavilions a striking addition to a cluster of farm buildings
A new family home to complete this farm complex takes advantage of views over rolling hills and complements the existing buildings.
McCrae Bush House by Chan Architecture
A slice of zen at this beach house nestled in the bush
With stunning bush and ocean views, this home is perched to soak it all in and create a space for relaxation and rejuvenation.
Mansfield Shipping Container Tiny House by
This Off-grid Shipping Container Tiny House is the Perfect Retreat
Constructed from two shipping containers, this tiny house embraces the landscape and can even be relocated to a new site.
Yorke Peninsula Beach House by Mountford Williamson Architecture
Beach House Nestles Into Its Spectacular Limestone Cliff Setting
Not much larger than the original shack but makes better use of the site and views; the perfect place to host friends and family.
Seascape by Atlas Architects
Building a special home on a site they know and love...
The owners of this coastal block enjoyed years of beach holidays before deciding to build. Here's how it shaped their home...
Dover Townhouses by
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.
Laneway House by Subtract Architecture
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
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.
Off Grid House by Anderson Architecture
This Off-grid Home Has a Magic Location, but It Came With Challenges
Surrounded by bushland, this home is off-grid and bushfire resilient to deal with its beautiful but challenging location.
Modular Passive House by ARKit
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
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!
Bimbadeen House by Lachlan Shepherd Architects
You'd Never Know How Close the Neighbours Are in This Bush Hideaway
A clever design captures bush views and sunlight and turns away from the neighbours so you feel like you're in a world of your own...
North South House by Preston Lane Architects
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.
Fibro House by Adam Dettrick Architects
Fibro Beach House Reboot Creates a Sustainable and Affordable Home
When thinking about how to create a sustainable and affordable home, the 1960s-era fibro beach shack was the perfect inspiration...
Stepping House by Rob Henry Architects
A Mid Century-inspired Home Designed to Work Well With the Landscape
On a tricky, but naturally beautiful battle-axe site, this home celebrates its assets and minimises its drawbacks.
OURHOUSEWANDAL by Design + Architecture
This Clever Home Manages to Feel Spacious and Comfortable on a Budget
Designed with sustainability, low maintenance and natural ventilation in mind, this is a low-budget family home with a difference...
Woollahra Treehouse by Bones Studio
A Stunning Self-contained Studio Perched Among the Trees
Sitting on top of the garage with leafy views, the new self-contained living space is perfect for adult children or visiting family.
Enter the Light by Hobbs Jamieson Architecture
Enter the Light: A New Home Designed to Maximise Winter Sun
Access to natural light is so important, yet often overlooked. With thoughtful design, your home can be light and bright year-round.
St Kilda Home by Modscape
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...
Kyneton Country Townhouse by Amanda Calvert - Barry Sweet Architecture
A New Townhouse Nestled in the Quiet Streets of a Country Town
You don't envisage a townhouse when you think of country town living, but this architect's own home is perfect for her family.
Waratah Secondary House by anthrosite
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.
Yandandah Road House by ITN Architects
A Multi-generational Beach House for Relaxed Beachside Living
This beach house is all about creating informal living spaces, decks and shelter from the sun and wind for optimum beachside living.
SKY/ by PLY Architecture
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.
Merricks House by Michael McManus Architects
Originally Built As a Weekender, They Loved It so Much They Moved In!
With COVID-19, remote working and a beautiful new home in the country, the time seemed perfect for this family's tree change.
Mass and Void by Sparks Architects
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...
Offset House by Architopia
Comfortable, Sustainable Living Doesn't Need to be Costly...
Passive solar principles, high-quality yet affordable materials and thoughtful design brings high-quality housing within reach.
Stafford House by TONIC Design
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...
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.
Deepwater House by Dieppe Design
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
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.
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Masuto by Jamison Architects
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...
St Peters House II by Kreis Grennan Architecture
A New Laneway House Celebrates This Inner Suburb's History of Bricks
Celebrating the suburb's history, this laneway house demonstrates how to create high-quality housing in the inner city with flair.
Clovelly by Modscape
Six Prefabricated Modules Create a Forever Home With an Ocean View
Designed to make the most of the view, even from the backyard, this prefab modular home is like a viewing scope towards the ocean.
Buxton Rise by Format Architects
This Bush Retreat Allows You to Get Away From It All
Designed for simple living to enjoy the surrounds, this home uses naturally beautiful materials to create a relaxing bush retreat.
Alpine Vistas by Intuitive Architects
This New Zealand Home is Designed to Soak In Stunning Alpine Vistas
An L-shaped floor plan creates sheltered outdoor space, maximises the view and builds in flexibility to this beautiful home.
ALB/ by PLY Architecture
Beach House Maximises the Views Despite a Narrow Frontage
Some clever solutions mean even a home on a long, narrow block can capture scenic, wraparound views of the ocean.
YrdPod by Kreis Grennan Architecture
YrdPod Is a Designer Tiny House That's Perfect for the Backyard
If you're squeezed for space but can't justify the disruption and cost of either moving or renovating, this might be the answer...
Soulsbly Residence III by John McAuley Architecture
Downsizing From a Farm Doesn't Mean Sacrificing Privacy and Space
This new home in a semi-rural estate balances a sense of space with a need for privacy so the shift from the farm life isn't so hard.
Torquay House by buck&simple
A Beach House Designed for Everyone From Singles up to Groups of 20
This flexible beach house is the perfect surf trips big and small because it's focussed on the outdoors to create extra living space.
Project Kangaroobie by
New Modular Home: If You've Got It (An Incredible View), Flaunt It!
This modular home was designed and built off-site and then transported to its remote location where it now takes in stunning views.