The Stepping Stone House – An City Gem for Extra Privacy
By Gabriela Vatu • Jul 19, 2021
Over in Melbourne, Australia, there’s not as much space as there is in the country, so house lots aren’t that large. This beautiful home, however, makes the most out of the space it does have and beautifies it too.
Built in 2016 by Craig Tan Architects, this 302 square meter home quickly got the name of the “Stepping Stone House.” The reasons for this are pretty simple – the walkway towards the house features numerous stepping stones over the narrow space.
The house plot itself is also fairly narrow, so the house has a tunnel shape. However, there’s also enough room on the plot for a green space so you can chill out outside as well.
The team of architects working on this house sought to create a deeper engagement with the natural elements and departed from the regular arrangement that features front and rear gardens. Instead, they consolidated the gardens in space that’s oriented to the North, at the front of the property.
A rustic fence separates the walkway from the garden, allowing even more privacy.
The home features a large entryway, a living room, a dining area and open kitchen, a study nook, and a studio, as well as a powder room and bathroom on the ground floor. Also, there’s a double garage at the back of the property.
The top floor features a master bedroom with an ensuite bathroom, a laundry room, a study, a bathroom, and two more bedrooms.
The living area melts into the dining area where you can also find the crisp white kitchen.
The hanging lights give a cozy feeling to the area.
The kitchen is white and bright, featuring tons of storage space and plenty of countertop space too, thanks to the huge island.
The bathroom is a bit unconventional, featuring a slated sink with hidden drainage.
One of the most beautiful things about the house is the taut fiber cement panel rain screen. It also plays a privacy role as it masks most of the windows behind them.
Photo: Jaime Diaz-Berrio
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