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The transformation of a shed into a modern house

Sheila Byers Sheila Byers
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This ideabook shows how architecture can do many magical things, even transform an old shed that was once used as a garage into a lovely, modern house. With two storeys and a flexible design, this building can be easily modified to adapt to its inhabitants changing needs or intentions.

The ground floor

 Living room by Planungsbüro Schilling
Planungsbüro Schilling

Wohnraum Richtung Norden

Planungsbüro Schilling

The surface of each of the two floors is 100 square meters, with an open plan where all areas are connected smoothly. The wall that holds the fireplace is the same structure that supports the ceiling and that divides the space into different uses: a dining room and kitchen on one side, another seating area on another. In order to preserve the original charm, aluminium was kept as the material for the ground floor windows, which remained in the same position but were altered in size to allow more light to penetrate the interior.

The dining room

The high ceiling height of each of the floors enforces the industrial character of the building, which can also be seen in the chosen furniture: metal lamps from an old factory and a large, functional wooden table devoid of decorative elements. The character of the downstairs dining room is reinforced by a set of Eames chairs. A warm touch comes from the hard wood floor that for compensates the coldness of other elements to create an overall welcoming space.

The staircase

One of the jewels of the house is its metal staircase. With an original L-shaped design that appears to defy the laws of physics, this steel staircase is delicate, simple and elegant. Climbing up the stairs, we will reach the top floor, which has been newly built. There, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a spacious studio complete the plan of the house.

An outside view

While still retaining its former charm and elements of its past life as a shed, after the reform, the building appears softened, resembling a large farmhouse. In addition, the yard and the access to the house were improved, and the building was integrated into the surrounding landscape.

In the southeast facade, we see a metal staircase that echoes the interior one. These stairs lead to the attic, where large windows flood the lovely interior with light.

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