A terraced house is being integrally renovated for a new assembled family. Only the main house is retained. A relatively condensed programme and a north-oriented back facade call for a well-thought-out compact stacking. A void brightens the classically dark core. A concrete structure is introduced that gives the modest dwelling grandeur and allure. The limited area is compensated by large heights, giving the rooms a rich character. The octagonal columns allow a nice connection with the diagonal beams and are a wink to classical columns. We also looked for this classical elegance in the further materialisation.