Sustainably striking cabin in Blairgowrie

This multi-award winning project known as "Cabin 2" is a fantastic contribution to the small architecture movement, which focuses on small, light-weight and eco-friendly structures. It's a movement I'm very fond of and I try to feature as often as possible to show what can be achieved with a smaller space. Often magic comes from the limitations of a project, and this home is no exception. Maddison...

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Handcrafted reclaimed furniture by Aussie designer Brett Sambrooks

I was excited to come across a talented Aussie furniture craftsman by the name of Brett Sambrooks. Each piece is handcrafted from reclaimed timber and second hand materials to produce one-off individual, collectable and creative pieces. Brett is based in Koondrook, a small Victorian town nestled on the banks of the Murray River, where he crafts pieces that often have a story, like the red gum stools below made from one solid piece of timber that spent its former life in an old mechanic's shed where they had been kept for decades and used as car blocks...

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Wonderfully serene interiors in Prahan

This home in the inner Melbourne suburb of Prahan began life as a single level Victorian house. Originally compartmentalised with lots of rooms, the new design by Studio Four involved a strategic replanning of the ground floor, the addition of a new first floor, along with the flexibility to adapt each space to suit the ever changing dynamics of family life.

A stronger connection was forged between the interiors and the exterior courtyards through a serious of concealed sliding doors, which increased light, fresh air and aspect...

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Striking architecture with bold and sophisticated interiors

Today we are heading to Melbourne to see a home with striking architecture designed by In2 building designers. The brief was for a strong design aesthetic with low maintenance living for a young family. Seamless integration with the outdoors and a strong connection to the pool were important to the owners, together with achieving views to the parklands across the road.

A strong design aesthetic has certainly been achieved, with a bold and sophisticated palette throughout the interiors, which perfectly compliment the striking external facade...

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Lakeside prefab architecture in New Jersey

Originally this magical lakeside site had a ramshackle cabin which the owner decided to live in for a while to acclimatise and be sure of what she wanted before knocking it down and re-building. She also needed to find the right architect to create the vision so was happy when Resolution: 4 Architecture were able to offer a prefabricated house with some customisation. "The old house was like a cave, and I wanted this house to be the opposite: a pavilion where you didn’t feel enclosed at all...

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Corten architecture with colourful interiors in Melbourne

This dual occupancy townhouse in inner Melbourne was designed by Neil Architecture for two young families. The urban oasis is enjoyed behind high masonry boundary walls, with the structure featuring striking rusted Corten cladding to the upper storey.

This home has a warm and moody masculine vibe, featuring smart casual furnishings and some wonderful pops of colour throughout, including a striking combination of purple, green and red features throughout...

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A prefab home extension in Melbourne that's simply prefabulous!

Being a big fan of pre-fab homes, I was excited to come across the work of Melbourne firm Archiblox, who specialise in beautiful, affordable and sustainable pre-fabricated homes that are modular in design and architecturally inspired. Designed in their Richmond Studio and pre-fabricated in their Wonthaggi facility, Archiblox designs can be designed, built and delivered within in 12 - 28 weeks (Australia wide)...

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Shiplap timber and rammed earth beauty

This striking timber-clad design features a clever combination of some our favourite materials - rammed earth, concrete and and the extensive use of timber to soften and enhance both the interiors and the exteriors. Neil Architecture rose admirably to the challenge of squeezing two dwellings onto the small parcel of land, while still maintaining an attractive frontage from the street. A rammed earth wall visually anchors the two dwellings into the landscape, with the preservation of some original landscape features helping to maintain a lovely, natural appearance from the street that was in keeping with the character of the neighbourhood...

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Rustic minimalism for Canadian treehouse

The rustic simplicity of this home in the Canadian city of Quebec has been artfully created by architect Christopher Simmonds. Featuring a combination of reclaimed timber cladding contrasted against fresh white walls to the exterior, the palate continues through the interior with rustic timber floorboards, timber ceilings and white walls and surfaces. The palate serves as a perfect backdrop for the pops colour served up by the ever changing landscape of trees and mountains visible in every room through full length windows...

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Venice Beach bungalow among the trees

This striking home was designed for a couple by architectural designer Sebastian Mariscal with an emphasis on retaining the existing trees and a seamless connection between indoors and out. There were several mature trees on the site which Sebastian insisted be kept despite the challenge of building around some of them. The way he dealt with that was to give every room in the house a corresponding outdoor space, integrated with nature...

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