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Envisioned for an Urban Lifestyle: Timber-Clad Y Residence in Prahran

The last few years have seen home makeovers shift from large-scale remodels to smart additions, extensions and nifty revamps that simply extend the living area and add a kitchen or bedroom wherever necessary. But the lovely Y Residence in Prahran, a typical suburb of Melbourne, goes down the old-fashioned route, as Studio Tate completely altered the existing appeal of the home, its ambiance and the way it interacts with its residents. Barring a couple of brick walls, the entire house is brand new, and its novel floor plan sees the living area, kitchen and dining area nestled on the top floor while the bedrooms sit snugly below.

Heavy use of timber creates a lovely facade for the Y Residence in Melbourne Envisioned for an Urban Lifestyle: Timber Clad Y Residence in Prahran

An extensive timber façade gives the house a distinct identity and sets it apart from its neighbors, even as the interior is draped in a relaxing, neutral color palette. The contrast is stark yet stylish, as one is transported into a sophisticated and ergonomic living environment where space is utilized to the hilt. A black and white kitchen with stone island and countertops occupies a corner on the top floor, with a small living area and dining space situated next to it. A slim, contemporary fireplace and a cozy reading nook complete this living zone that also overlooks the entrance below.

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With a spacious master suite also embracing a black and white color palette, a gorgeous guest room that doubles as a home library, and a kids’ room with a space-savvy loft bed, this is an urban residence that perfectly blends form, function and inviting warmth.

Master bedroom and small balcony on the top level overlooks the private garden below

Upper level living area with a view of the garden below

Sleek contemporary fireplace brings warmth to the small living room

Comfy chair next to the fireplace, side table and a nifty nook in the wall for books

Gorgeous kitchen island and dining table bench at the Y Residence

Kitchen, dining area and living room rolled into one

Contemporary kitchen in white with a black stone island

Modern kitchen in black and white with smart shelving

Slim window brings ample natural light into the small kitchen

Demolishing all but two existing red brick walls, Studio Tate completely rethought the way this house worked, maximizing the tight spaces with some creative maneuvers as well as flooding the space with natural light. This project emphasizes the potential of inner urban small spaces to provide everything you need for family life…

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Minimal and contemporary dining room decorating ideas

Potted plants bring green goodness to the urbane Melbourne home

Loft bed with storage space underneath for the kids' room

Beautiful and space-savvy loft bed idea for the modern kids' room

Modern bedroom with a series of drapes and sheers

Simple and minimal marble bedside nighstand

Minimal and contemporary dining room decorating ideas

Black and white bathroom idea

Small contemporary bathroom in white

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