A residential design project was realized when a family of four decided to rebuild their row house with relatively low budget. The site is a 10 feet wide and 70 feet long plot with main access road in the south and service lane in the north of the plot. Two Neem trees in the south provides a natural buffer for the house to open up in the direction of the sun. Bringing the light and ventilation to each of the areas of the house was a challenge and a design priority, because- 1. A row house can be opened up from three directions only-north, south and sky; 2. Functions and movement should work well in a tight span of 10 feet; 3. Cost of construction should not shoot up to fulfill design needs. A double height in the center of the house with a stairway allows adequate daylight and coherence of-movement, functions and aesthetics. Bedroom on first floor connects to the orange clad terrace through a bridge gets more privacy. A study area that overlooks the Neem tree from a south window receives ample daylight as well as pleasant view to suit the function. Use of checkered pattern in vitrified flooring and exposed RCC ceiling provides a language that binds the house. To conclude - this house explains a struggle between adequacy of living standards in a relatively small dwelling unit, architecturally refined living spaces and an inquiry into the use of conventional materials and locally available services to reduce cost of construction.