While many of us can’t quite afford the one-of-a-kind, spectacular homes that are scattered around the world, they’re definitely fun to look at. From the House With The Soaring Rock in India, to the serene Cajititlán Terrace in Mexico, there are many places across the globe that can fit the bill of a ‘dream home'. But, if you’re on the hunt for an equally impressive, albeit slightly more affordable home, then take some inspiration from the incredible Honeyworks House by Australian architects Paul Butterworth.


The brief supplied by Brisbane couple Peter and Jacquelyn was a relatively simple one. The couple wanted an affordable new home with plenty of room to accommodate their grandchildren and Peter’s growing honey-manufacturing business. Architect Paul Butterworth found the sweet spot by delivering the Honeyworks House on a budget whilst also surpassing the couple’s design expectations.

The practical yet luxurious residence features burnished slab and plasterboard walls that were chosen specifically for their high function and low cost, and they are complemented by elegant fixtures and fittings that elevate every day.



“The home basically comprises of two metal boxes, conjoined in an L-shape configuration,” Butterworth explains. The design revolves around one large multi-modular area to provide the couple with ample space for socialising.

The expert use of tapeware, custom lighting, timber veneer cabinetry and luxurious stone products all combine to elevate everyday living into a luxurious and enjoyable experience. But, beyond luxury, the project also succeeds in the realms of sustainable design. Paul recycled some of the brickwork from the original home that was demolished to make way for the Honeyworks House. The salvaged white concrete breeze blocks not only provide a visual point of contrast but also help circulate cool air throughout the home’s interior.


Imagery courtesy of Christopher Frederick Jones.