Case Study: This Tiny House Hides A Chic Interior

This tiny house owes its chic, minimalist interior to its ample built-in storage and clever kitchen design...

When Whiting Architects (opens in new tab) were approached to renovate a tiny Melbourne terrace on a footprint of just 1,000 square feet, they rose to the challenge, seeing it as an opportunity to prioritise quality of space over quantity.

Likening the design and construction process of this 'Pocket House' project to ‘building a ship in a bottle’ due to the restricted site access, the final result is an achievement of design that takes restrictions and reimagines them as opportunities.

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Inside, the ground floor features one main open-plan living area, which includes living room seating, a dining area, full kitchen plus a laundry area and ample built-in storage.

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The walls of this multi-purpose space are lined with clever built-in storage, hidden behind sleek, handleless cabinetry.

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The right hand cabinets incorporate a concealed fridge and freezer, along with kitchen storage.

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To the left of this there's a handy built-in laundry area, nestled into the smaller alcove under the stairs.

But it's the modern black kitchen that's really the highlight of this space. Kitted out with the latest Fisher & Paykel (opens in new tab) appliances, the kitchen is full of space-saving ideas. It features a compact oven, with an induction hob on top, and a concealed cooker hood, disguised within the top kitchen cabinets.

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There's also a clever dishwasher drawer which takes up less space than a traditional dishwasher would.

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Photography: Shannon McGrath

Lotte Brouwer

Lotte is the Digital Editor for Livingetc, and has been with the website since its launch. She has a background in online journalism and writing for SEO, with previous editor roles at Good Living, Good Housekeeping, Country & Townhouse, and BBC Good Food among others, as well as her own successful interiors blog. When she's not busy writing or tracking analytics, she's doing up houses, two of which have features in interior design magazines. She's just finished doing up her house in Wimbledon, and is eyeing up Bath for her next project.