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Inside the house rising from a cottage – complete with a 12m skylight and a rooftop bath

Behind the doors of this mysterious charcoal home lies an incredible hideaway designed to be the ultimate entertaining space – complete with a rooftop bath and stunning 12-foot skylight

  • An incredible Melbourne home with charcoal beams built from a workers’ cottage is on the market
  • Owner and architect Chris Stanley and his partner Asha have been renovating the house for over 12 years
  • Mr Stanley said several streaks of light are welcomed through the 12m skylight during the day
  • The three bedroom house has a garden, open plan living area, marble countertops and a rooftop bath
  • The couple decided to sell the beloved home to work on a new warehouse renovation in the area

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In a narrow street 20 minutes north of Melbourne CBD, a uniquely designed house rises from an old historic cottage awaits.

The three bedroom property called ‘Host House’ draws the attention of passersby with its charcoal vertical panel beams that are over 4.5 meters high.

Owner Chris Stanley, director of architectural firm Splinter Society, and his partner Asha bought the property after graduating from college at age 25 and starting the 12-year renovation.

The couple have lived in the beloved Brunswick East house for 20 years and “made it their own home” when their lives changed.

Mr Stanley told Daily Mail Australia that they have decided to sell the much-loved property to work on a new warehouse refurbishment bought nearby in the same community.

The three bedroom property called 'Host House' attracts the attention of passers-by with its charcoal vertical panel beams that are over 4.5 meters high

The three bedroom property called ‘Host House’ attracts the attention of passers-by with its charcoal vertical panel beams that are over 4.5 meters high

Owner Chris Stanley, director of architectural firm Splinter Society, and his partner Asha bought the property after graduating from college at the age of 25 and starting the 12-year renovation

Owner Chris Stanley, director of architectural firm Splinter Society, and his partner Asha bought the property after graduating from college at the age of 25 and starting the 12-year renovation

Owner Chris Stanley, director of architectural firm Splinter Society, and his partner Asha bought the property after graduating from college at the age of 25 and starting the 12-year renovation

The house is built on the old workers cottage once used by workers who worked in the nearby garment factories in the 1920s

The house is built on the old workers cottage once used by workers who worked in the nearby garment factories in the 1920s

The house is built on the old workers cottage once used by workers who worked in the nearby garment factories in the 1920s

The house is built on an old workers’ cottage once used by workers who worked in the nearby garment factories in the 1920s.

‘We fell in love with the history of the area and wanted to make the house our own, so little by little we’ve done renovations over the past 12 years,’ said Mr Stanley, which may be why the property is so unique.

The dark theme continues as you step into the house and the design has been carefully considered to let in as much natural light as possible from different angles.

Mr Stanley said that during the day several streaks of light are welcomed by the 12m skylight, which offers a noticeable change every hour.

“It catches the light really beautifully and there’s always something to look at,” he said.

The two storey house sits on a 180 sqm block and would be perfect for a buyer looking for a unique home like no other.

In the downstairs bathroom is a concrete bathtub that overlooks the garden

In the downstairs bathroom is a concrete bathtub that overlooks the garden

In the downstairs bathroom is a concrete bathtub that overlooks the garden

The couple have lived in the beloved Brunswick East house for 20 years and 'made it their own home' as life changed

The couple have lived in the beloved Brunswick East house for 20 years and 'made it their own home' as life changed

The couple have lived in the beloved Brunswick East house for 20 years and ‘made it their own home’ as life changed

The kitchen features integrated Miele and V-Zug appliances and a beautiful marble worktop with an open layout to the living and dining areas

The kitchen features integrated Miele and V-Zug appliances and a beautiful marble worktop with an open layout to the living and dining areas

The kitchen features integrated Miele and V-Zug appliances and a beautiful marble worktop with an open layout to the living and dining areas

Although the dark-colored interior can be seen throughout the house, it doesn't feel moody and is rather mellow, said Mr. Stanley.

Although the dark-colored interior can be seen throughout the house, it doesn't feel moody and is rather mellow, said Mr. Stanley.

The exposed white beams and natural broken finish make the room appear larger than it actually is

The exposed white beams and natural broken finish make the room appear larger than it actually is

Although the dark-colored interior can be seen throughout the house, it doesn’t feel moody and is rather mellow, said Mr. Stanley.

The kitchen has integrated Miele and V-Zug appliances and a beautiful marble worktop with an open layout to the living and dining areas.

The exposed white beams and natural broken finish make the room appear larger than it actually is.

Beyond that, at the back, a garden of mature plants and trees awaits, which the couple will miss.

“It will be hard to say goodbye as the house has grown with us, but it is time for new projects,” he said.

Although the dark-colored interior can be seen throughout the house, it doesn’t give a moody feeling and is instead a bit soft, added Mr. Stanley.

By the stairs is a bar which is perfect for storing sprits and drinks,

By the stairs is a bar which is perfect for storing sprits and drinks,

Another bathroom is upstairs

Another bathroom is upstairs

Down the stairs is a bar which is perfect for storing sprits and drinks. Another bathroom is also upstairs

Downstairs left of the entrance is the first of three bedrooms and the additional two are upstairs

Downstairs left of the entrance is the first of three bedrooms and the additional two are upstairs

Downstairs left of the entrance is the first of three bedrooms and the additional two are upstairs

Hidden on the top deck is a second bath that would be perfect for enjoying the sunset and surrounding 360 degree views

Hidden on the top deck is a second bath that would be perfect for enjoying the sunset and surrounding 360 degree views

Hidden on the top deck is a second bath that would be perfect for enjoying the sunset and surrounding 360 degree views

Downstairs left of the entrance is the first of three bedrooms and the additional two are upstairs.

The main bathroom features a large Japanese-style bathtub made of concrete and overlooks the garden.

Hidden on the top deck is a second bath that would be perfect for enjoying the sunset and the surrounding 360 degree view.

The property would suit a couple or family who want to live in the suburbs not too far from the city.

The house is up for auction with an asking price between $1.5 million and $1.6 million.

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