We've covered more than a few skinny houses before, noting that they're one way to achieve higher urban densities while still allowing families to have a house to call their own, and if renovated right, could present significant savings in energy consumption.
British architects Alma-nac redid this cramped and dingy terraced house in St John's Hill, Clapham, London, that measures only 2.3 metres (7.5 feet) wide -- built over what was once a lane between two houses.
To bring natural daylighting to the center of the house, the designers added an extension of space to the house's rear, and staggered the three floors underneath a sloping roof.
The distinctive roof is punctuated with big skylights to let light in, thus creating an effective light-well. Similarly, the stairwell to the upper floors is flooded with light from above, and the skylights can be opened to create a stack effect to naturally ventilate the house. The extension at the back, hidden from the skinny building's unassuming front, meant that a more spacious dining area, a lead-out to the garden, extra bedroom and study could be added.
The continuously running slate roof is a nice, longer-lasting touch as well, compared to petroleum-based conventional roofing products. Inside, interior storage was also carefully reorganized, say the architects on Dezeen:
A key consideration was storage space and every corner of the property has been utilised, from the bed-head with integrated storage, loft space over the top bedroom and compact bathroom layouts. The elongated form of the main bedroom at first floor level allowed for the creation of a dressing room area so that the bedroom space remains uncluttered of furniture. The design of the roof build-up ensured the minimum depth (250mm) in order to maximise the space internally and achieving a high U-value (0.14 W/m2K) [coefficient of heat transmission].