Little Big House

Residential

Little Big House is the result of a collaboration with a wonderful client and creative team.  The result is a welcoming and playful home, designed to suit both the big people and the little people in the family.

The architecture is broken up into a series of interlocking blocks, stepping down the hillside and each accommodating a different function.  We used variations in colour and texture to further define these zones, creating contrast between the busy shared areas and the quiet, relaxed private spaces.

Maike Design Black kitchen. Tiled splashback and timber shelves.
Maike Design Black kitchen and timber butler's pantry. Tiled splashback and timber shelves.
Maike Design dining room. Double height space with polished concrete floor. View through to blue painted lounge room
Maike Design play nook. Timber joinery, polished concrete floors. Fun design.
Maike Design Deck with white outdoor furniture. Rock climbing wall. Double height space.
Maike Design furniture detail with plant

The main dining room and kitchen is a large, double height space.  It is flooded with natural light and has an impressive view of the back yard and parkland beyond.  The sense of volume and connection with the garden is further accentuated with large sliding doors opening onto the deck.  The scale of this space is contrasted by a timber play nook under the stairs, including integrated hatches for toy storage.

Sitting comfortably with the bigger scale of the house, the family lounge and master suite are smaller and more intimate.  They use a material palette of deep blues, grey and dark timber to soften the architecture and contain and frame the beautiful leafy views.

Maike Design lounge room. Bench steat and sheer curtains. Blue painted walls. Marble side table
Maike Design lounge room. Bench steat and sheer curtains. Blue painted walls. Marble side table
Maike Design lounge room. Bench steat and sheer curtains. Blue painted walls
Maike Design bathroom. Mosaic tile, timber vanity and freestanding bath
Maike Design bathroom. Large window and freestanding bath. Beautiful view of trees.
Maike Design bedroom. Dark timber bedhead. Light blue linen.
Maike Design bedroom. Sheer curtain and large window. Leather chair
Maike Design Entry. White and timber exterior facade
Maike Design. White and timber exterior facade
Architectural Concepts: Sarah May
Architectural Drafting: Jeff Hilt
Builder: Grandway Homes
Styling: Beck Simon
Photos: Tess Kelly