David Jay had previously been in hat manufacturing and property development. He'd also been involved in building a number of commercial properties, as well as three large house extensions, so he was no stranger to the construction process.

"Modern architecture has always been of great interest, so ideas have come from some of the great buildings I had visited or seen on TV programmes like Grand Designs " says David.

The new house had to be built on the footprint of the existing bungalow so it was limited to 2,100 square feet. The bungalow design boasts two bedrooms each with en suite shower/bathrooms, mezzanine floor and outside verandah and, most importantly, a kitchen / diner to seat the whole 23-person family.

For the design, David collaborated with his longtime friend and Architect Richard Mitzman, who has just been awarded a 2019 RIBA regional award for an offsite-manufactured timber-frame building (Canonbury Courtyard House in London). The architects did extremely well in obtaining planning permission in a conservation area in only six weeks.

Read the full interview with Mr & Mrs Jay

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Floor Area:
195m2 | 2100 sq ft
Completion Date:
November 2018
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