Before converting a historic West London shed into a contemporary house for a family, Max de Rosee of De Rosee Sa Architects made the decision to view the strict planning regulations of the site as creative challenges: "We worked very hard in the initial stages to convince the clients that developing this house was a risk worth taking," de Rosee said. "We had to convey its potential."
Inspired by the structure's historic site (a former wood yard between a row of West London garages) the firm used wood materials that reference the site's lumberyard past; the walls of the courtyards are clad in Western Red Cedar, and the interior features wood parquet flooring. Crisp white walls and large windows, which can be opened to the courtyard during the warmer months, give the narrow home a spacious appeal. "The most satisfying aspects of the project is the top light that pours into the interiors and the long views through the courtyards. Once inside, you forget that this house is in London," de Rosee said.