How time chips away framed by Fulham's trees and cafes, Gironde Road was once a carpentry shop. But the years haven't sanded over this home's edge, here beams straddle the pitched ceiling, artwork hangs on the raw brick walls, and the floorboards are masterfully crafted. Whether the skylit sitting room or dainty balcony, there are plenty of places to down tools. That's if you haven't joined the shoppers and museum-goers in Chelsea or South Kensington. A couple from South Wales, your hosts like to travel and spend time with their dogs when not in London sprucing up their pleasing home. Gironde Road was converted by light fitting specialists, perhaps why this home is so airily inviting. Head past the patio to the high-ceilinged sitting room, or brew a morning coffee in the bright kitchen. Beneath the uplifting white beams, open-plan living is encouraged, whether you're blueprinting the day at the trim desk or reclining on the corner sofa. The single bedroom can be thoughtfully rearranged into a twin, while the master bedroom's French doors encourage nightcaps al fresco.