For a lengthy period clients, architect an later the contactor, form a team. In this case the client was also the construction supervisor and, fortunately, a perfectionist! Initially, the owners of this house in the country wanted a smart white Villa. But their plot was situated in a lane full of ling-fronted farmhouses. For my design I opted for a C-shaped, elongated black wood volume that sticks straight through the grey construction component ( inspired by the farmhouses)/ In the first draft this grey component had a thatched roof, but this was rejected by the building committee. Building committees still tend to think in terms of type of building and not of new combinations. In this case they felt that a pent roof should not be thatched. And in Holland they have the final say. Fortunately, the owners thought that zinc roof would also be perfect. And although that means that the design has moved away from its surroundings, it does form an attractive whole together withe the neighboring house on the right. The interior of the house is split-level,so that the living room is higher than the garden and the children's bedrooms in the basement are connected to the living room by way of the playroom level.