Orchard Crescent House by Neil Architecture

Melbourne, Australia-based firm Neil Architecture designed the Orchard Crescent house in which the exterior and yard are just as spectacular as the interior. They were able to fit tons of smartly-designed features into a tight space, even fitting in a double carport to boot.

Let’s start with the solar heated pool that’s nestled into a courtyard. It can be viewed from the long window-filled hallway, the low rectangular window in the master bedroom, as well as from the huge kitchen window placed behind the cabinets.

See how much extra light comes in the kitchen from having the window extend below the floating cabinets?

Space is maximized with built-in bookcases and a desk in the study and more are located floor-to-ceiling in the living areas.

You can lay in bed and stare at the pool (or people in the pool can spy on the bedroom)!

The living and dining areas open up onto a wooden deck perfect for eating and with views and access to the landscaped yard.

Caroline Williamson is Editor-in-Chief of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.