The house in the courtyard has two exterior walls which are plastered and finished in wide lavender and grey stripes. These front and side walls are oriented to the east. The rear wall is next to a fire-escape route, and the other sidewall is the garden wall between the west patio and the garden of the neighbouring house on the Kromme Nieuwegracht. Both these walls are in brick and their exteriors are untreated.
The summer of 1992
In the summer of 1992, a local contractor directed the construction of the shell of the house, between the existing walls of a former glass storage shed. For practical reasons Van Schijndel used existing parts of the warehouse including the two side walls and the roof beams. He had the beams sawn and used them as lintels for the passageway to the kitchen and the bathrooms behind the staircase. He also tried to be economical with new materials, using the two patio frames that came from a local blacksmith, as columns to carry the roof. For the new exterior walls, hollow brick blocks were used which were plastered on the outside. As a result, a cavity was not necessary and construction could flow along quickly.
Construction came quickly, but the eventual completion of the house took several years. After Van Schijndel moved into his home in late 1992, he designed the interior. Step by step, between 1993 and early 1996 he added the built-in furniture and the kitchen and finished the bathroom walls, either commissioning the work or doing it himself. Subsequently, the gatehouse was converted into four apartments in 1995.