London-based practice De Rosee Sa has finally completed this 35m² lakeside cabin in Belgium, which it both designed and built
Max de Rosee confessed that he, fellow practice director Claire Sa and the firm’s staff had spent what seemed like ‘many years’ working on the £25,000 timber scheme on the edge of woodlands in the village of Nouvelles.
The ‘guesthouse and studio’, constructed from timber beams and cladding milled from trees from the surrounding woods by de Rosee’s father, replaced a dilapidated structure on the plot.
The architects built the cabin themselves during trips to Belgium, installing concrete strip foundations, a suspended timber floor on brick dwarf walls and internal OSB cladding.
De Rosee said: ‘We have been working on this cabin for what seems like many years. It feels great to see it finished as we not only designed it but shed a lot of sweat and the occasional bit of blood by erecting it ourselves. My father has a passion for the natural environment; it was his idea to mill trees that had been ravaged by a storm and build a cabin from them.
‘The trips to Belgium have been a chance to bond as an office, to further our understanding of materials and construction, and increase our respect for builders.’
Architects: De Rosee Sa
Location: 7022 Nouvelles, Belgium
Type Of Project: Self-build
Structural Engineers: Form Structural Design
Project Architect: Max de Rosee
Design Team: De Rosee Sa
Start on site date: 2013
Gross internal floor area: Size 5m wide x 7.5m long = 35m²Form of contract and/or procurement: self build
Total cost: £25,000
Main contractor: De Rosee Sa