Bricks are one of the oldest building materials. And the fact that so many of the first brick structures are around today is a testament to their longevity and timeless style. Bricks are versatile, durable and affordable. There's a reason the age-old advice is to invest in bricks and mortar.

Architects tend to be creative when designing modern brick houses, using the modular, repeating pattern inherent to the bricks to their advantage. Brick houses might use an unusual brick pattern, a striking combination of bricks or a choice of bricks appropriate to the area or era. Reclaimed brick houses are also a creative way to instantly add a sense of history to a new home or extension.

And now with sustainability front of mind, brick can be used inside or in 'reverse' veneer to boost your home's thermal mass, keeping you warmer in winter and cooler in summer. And thanks to their durability they have a very long lifecycle which is great news for conserving resources in a sustainable build.

Take a look at some of the brick houses we've featured on Lunchbox Architect and appreciate their timeless charm, or that glimmer of modernity in what you thought were bog-standard bricks.

Check out the brick houses previously featured on Lunchbox Architect

Rosanna House by Nest Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Rosanna House by Nest Architects
Soloman Street Alterations and Additions by Philip Stejskal Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Soloman Street Alterations and Additions by Philip Stejskal Architects
Soloman Street Alterations and Additions by Philip Stejskal Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Soloman Street Alterations and Additions by Philip Stejskal Architects
Llewellyn House by studioplusthree (via Lunchbox Architect) Llewellyn House by studioplusthree
Llewellyn House by studioplusthree (via Lunchbox Architect) Llewellyn House by studioplusthree
Llewellyn House by studioplusthree (via Lunchbox Architect) Llewellyn House by studioplusthree
Narrabundah House by Adam Dettrick Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Narrabundah House by Adam Dettrick Architects
Carlton Cloister by MRTN Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Carlton Cloister by MRTN Architects
Carlton Cloister by MRTN Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Carlton Cloister by MRTN Architects
Carlton Cloister by MRTN Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Carlton Cloister by MRTN Architects
Carlton Cloister by MRTN Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Carlton Cloister by MRTN Architects
Carlton Cloister by MRTN Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Carlton Cloister by MRTN Architects
Carlton Cloister by MRTN Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Carlton Cloister by MRTN Architects
Naranga Avenue House by James Russell Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Naranga Avenue House by James Russell Architects
Naranga Avenue House by James Russell Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Naranga Avenue House by James Russell Architects
Naranga Avenue House by James Russell Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Naranga Avenue House by James Russell Architects
Miller House by Architecture Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Miller House by Architecture Architecture
Miller House by Architecture Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Miller House by Architecture Architecture
Miller House by Architecture Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Miller House by Architecture Architecture
Miller House by Architecture Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Miller House by Architecture Architecture
Miller House by Architecture Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Miller House by Architecture Architecture
Miller House by Architecture Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Miller House by Architecture Architecture
Cut-away Roof House by Scale Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Cut-away Roof House by Scale Architecture
Cut-away Roof House by Scale Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Cut-away Roof House by Scale Architecture
Waratah Bay House by Hayne Wadley Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Waratah Bay House by Hayne Wadley Architecture
Waratah Bay House by Hayne Wadley Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Waratah Bay House by Hayne Wadley Architecture
Waratah Bay House by Hayne Wadley Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Waratah Bay House by Hayne Wadley Architecture
Waratah Bay House by Hayne Wadley Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Waratah Bay House by Hayne Wadley Architecture
Waratah Bay House by Hayne Wadley Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Waratah Bay House by Hayne Wadley Architecture
Tempe House by Eoghan Lewis Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Tempe House by Eoghan Lewis Architects
The Kite by Architecture Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) The Kite by Architecture Architecture
The Kite by Architecture Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) The Kite by Architecture Architecture
The Kite by Architecture Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) The Kite by Architecture Architecture
The Kite by Architecture Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) The Kite by Architecture Architecture
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The Kite by Architecture Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) The Kite by Architecture Architecture
The Kite by Architecture Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) The Kite by Architecture Architecture
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The Kite by Architecture Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) The Kite by Architecture Architecture
Hoddle House by Freadman White Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Hoddle House by Freadman White Architects
Hoddle House by Freadman White Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Hoddle House by Freadman White Architects
Hoddle House by Freadman White Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Hoddle House by Freadman White Architects
Turramurra House by Noxon Giffen Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Turramurra House by Noxon Giffen Architects
Turramurra House by Noxon Giffen Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Turramurra House by Noxon Giffen Architects
Turramurra House by Noxon Giffen Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Turramurra House by Noxon Giffen Architects
Tunnel House by Michael Ong (via Lunchbox Architect) Tunnel House by Michael Ong
Tunnel House by Michael Ong (via Lunchbox Architect) Tunnel House by Michael Ong
Tunnel House by Michael Ong (via Lunchbox Architect) Tunnel House by Michael Ong
Tunnel House by Michael Ong (via Lunchbox Architect) Tunnel House by Michael Ong
Tunnel House by Michael Ong (via Lunchbox Architect) Tunnel House by Michael Ong