Ahh, Straya. Home amongst the gum trees, feat. salt water, freckly noses, and a fair dinkum go for all.

When it comes to Australian design, we love the idea that just about any empty space has the potential to be brought to life with a little positive spirit, a dose of skilled team work, and a handful of well-placed windows.

A courtyard between the old 1940s house and a new open-plan living area ensures the new space gets plenty of light. Designed by @bakerdrofenikarchitects Photos by @hilarybradfordphotography Landscape by @strawbrothers

Oikos by @robert_nichol_and_sons is a short-term holiday rental set in stunning Hepburn Springs, but it has a lesson about how we should build our own homes too. Check out the link in our bio to find out more. Photos by @jack.lovel #australianarchitecture #australianarchitects #design #whataview #cabinporn #cabinlife #architecture #archilovers #publishedwithbowerbird

Today, we’re excited to champion a page that champions the local little guys!

Lunchbox Architect is another name that begs a story – but this one is relatively compact.

Not your average garage. With a carefully constructed framework painted light grey, translucent polycarbonate cladding and a layer of vines, this garage and workshop is naturally lit and almost… meditative. Read more about this garden studio via the link in our profile. Designed by @modo_arch built by @seventy7projects #minimalism #australianarchitecture #architecture #design #archilovers #zen

Beginning with a website created by Brodie Norris – who makes it very clear he is NOT an architect, yet – Lunchbox Architect celebrates architects in Australia and New Zealand who spend their time on the smaller projects,  and delivers it in doses that you can easily enjoy on your lunch break.

What if your living area felt more like an extension of the garden? That’s what @zenarchitects have achieved at Project Nymph. See how they did it by following the link in our profile. Photo by @derek_swalwell #australianarchitecture #architecturephotography #archilovers #australianarchitects

Creator Brodie could see that architects are on the whole championed for large projects with large budgets – but begged to question; is it not even more of a feat of design to create something wonderful with a smaller budget, and a smaller space? True to his word, Brodie avoids sharing homes with a budget over $1 million, or a m2 bigger than average, and hunts for homes that problem solve through innovation.

Beach house envy… this transformation of a fibro beach shack retains the laid-back vibes of the original. Read the whole story via the link in our bio. Designed by @jostarchitects photos by Matthew Sacco @theevokecompany #beachhouse #beachhousedecor #australianarchitecture #architecturephotography #architecture #archilovers #architect

As well as sharing larger scale pictures, the gram also hones in on the little nooks and clever areas that overcome obstacles when building a home – be it bringing a home office into the light with a seamless corner window, peeking behind a cupboard door to reveal an extra half bathroom, or the power of a well-placed bifold.

A 6-metre high void at the centre of this terrace funnels north light into the middle of the home. This is the opposite to your typical dark, cramped terrace. Designed by @amrishmaharaj Photos by @vikramhingmire more info via the link in our profile. #archilovers #australianarchitecture #useanarchitect #enmore #houses #renovation #reno

Randwick Pavilion is designed to connect this home with the garden. The living area is surrounded on three sides by garden, yet still feels like a part of the house. Designed by @masq.architecture Photo by @theguthrieproject more info via the link in our profile. #indooroutdoor #australianarchitecture #australianhouses #useanarchitect #randwick #sydney #archilovers

The homes featured on Lunchbox Architect champion the architects who make it work – something any busy woman can relate to and appreciate. The homes are all striking, and we enjoy the scroll through their page all the more for the idea that these projects aren’t impossible dreams – somebody had an idea, and sought an architect that didn’t think their project was too small, or too difficult, and felt no need to compromise on style for functionality – a little like donning a pair of Adidas originals for the school run!

If I asked you to imagine a fair dinkum Aussie home, what would it look like? I suspect it would look something like Waitpinga Retreat designed by @mountford_williamson_arch , a zincalume clad home set in a stunning natural landscape. The design is low-key and designed to encourage a laid-back lifestyle. Read more via the link in our bio. #australianarchitecture #houses #australianhouses #farmhousestyle #UseAnArchitect #australia

4 sleeps until the big guy squeezes down the chimney…

Make your home feel more spacious and light-filled by using volume and clerestory windows like @freadmanwhite have done at Hoddle House. Photo by @jeremywrightphotography read more via the link in profile. #australianhouses #australianarchitecture #houses #architecture #architecturephotography