In Plain Sight House


The single fronted terrace is a much loved but problematic Melbourne housing style. The design of this house was created to emphasise natural light and give a greater sense of space to a small, narrow footprint.

Housing a young family, this house has to work hard to accommodate all of the ‘stuff’ of every day life. Rather than relegate them to a dark corner, services spaces were hidden in plain sight all over the house, from the laundry under the stairs to the storage between the deep skylight voids.

Maike Design lounge room with timber batten wall balustrade
Maike Design terrace house hallway to new extension
Maike Design white kitchen with concrete floor and white marble bench

The narrow entry hallway and period detailing of the terrace house sit in contrast with the raised ceiling and clean lines of the new addition.

Using a neutral colour pallet through formed a perfect backdrop for strong accents of deep teal and timber. The colours and textures transition from light and bright in the shared family spaces through to soft and warm in the sleeping and retreat areas.

Maike Design timber dining table with pendant light
Maike Design batten wall with concealed laundry door
Maike Design batten wall with concealed laundry door
Maike Design bedroom, timber bedhead wall with storage
Maike Design moody dark teal bedroom cabinets and bronze mirror
Maike Design bathroom wall hung basin and timber storage
Maike Design freestanding bath, concrete floor and marble tiles
Maike Design study nook with timber chair and lamp
Maike Design terrace house renovation
Architecture: Bancroft and Malone
Styling: Studio Moore
Photos: Eve Wilson