Take a tour of this London home built on a brownfield site

black timber cladding on self build on tight plot exterior
(Image credit: French + Tye)

As director of architecture practice Gruff Architects, Rhys Cannon was better placed than most to see the potential of tricky urban sites. So when he found a tight, triangular brownfield plot in south London which overlooked a railway line, he was surprised that it won over the whole family. 

“We were a family of four – we had a third child during the build – and we lived in a basement flat in south-east London, so we loved the idea of a self build,” says Rhys. “Its main outlook is west-facing into trees for 40m along the railway line and beyond into back gardens. In the height of summer, it’s incredibly private and very desirable.”

Alexandra Pratt
Homes Journalist

Alexandra Pratt is a home journalist with over 20 years experience, who has written for a number of self build titles. She has interviewed countless architects and self builders.

She is also a serial renovator and has been overhauling properties for over 15 years, and has built her way up the property ladder by undertaking DIY, living on site and project managing her own renovation and self build projects.