This Narrow Victorian Cottage Is a Total Surprise on the Inside


On a quiet street in Melbourne, behind a small and unassuming Victorian facade, there is a house that’s full of surprises. From the outside, you might expect the interior to be old-fashioned and cramped, but step inside and you’ll find yourself somewhere refreshing. Here’s how the architects managed to create a spacious, bright home on a long, narrow lot that’s a mere fourteen feet wide.

The house, a design of Melbourne’s Apparte Studio, incorporates a living room, bedroom, kitchen, dining area, bathroom, and even an outdoor patio, all on a lot that measure only 95 square meters (about 1,000 square feet). And the home’s interior feels bright and spacious, thanks to clever use of space, and very clever placement of windows.

Upon entering, you find yourself in the living room: from there, a hallway leads to the kitchen. (The bedroom is accessed through the door on the right.)

To one side of the kitchen, a narrow outdoor space is reserved for the trash bins. This little bite out of the home’s footprint takes a bit of space from the kitchen, but it also means that the kitchen can have windows on two sides (and that the home’s bedroom can have a window at all, something that is required for bedrooms in most places).

Beyond the kitchen, the trash can alley opens out into a petite patio, just big enough for grilling and dinner parties. And a set of glass doors opens the kitchen onto the patio, filling the home’s interior with light. There’s also a skylight over the dining table, which makes the kitchen/dining room even brighter. It’s a master class in “Fitting It All In” — and a beautiful demonstration of how, with a little design ingenuity, even small and unlikely spaces can become beautiful, welcoming homes.

Want to see more? Check out the full tour at Inside Out.

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