TV house secrets: converted run-down yard to industrial-style home

Tracy and Steve Fox turned a run-down yard in London into an innovative industrial-style home. We ask Tracy how they’re getting on three years later

By Megan Burn | 16 August 2017

Tracy and Steve Fox turned a run-down yard in London into an innovative industrial-style home. We ask Tracy how they’re getting on three years later.

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HOMEOWNER PROFILE

Who? Tracy and Steve Fox

What? Created a contemporary new-build with a polycarbonate exterior and double-height living area

Where? South-east London

When?Series 14, 2014

What have you been up to since the show aired?

‘I’ve been spending a lot of time doing the garden, as it’s a courtyard house and the outside space is integral to the building. We’ve got an overhang on the inside perimeter, and I sowed the whole area underneath with wildflower seeds. There are no gutters, so when it rains the water cascades down like a Japanese water feature.’

Have you made any alterations to the house?

‘We were in a rush to get the kitchen cabinet doors finished and in the end they weren’t to our standard, so that didn’t work out. The problem with a minimal house is that you can’t disguise something if it isn’t right, so we had our carpenter friend make new cabinet doors out of black MDF. It was worth getting someone in to take their time and get it right.’

Apart from the kitchen, did it all work to plan?

‘Yes, I think because we instructed the architect to design a really low-tech build it works perfectly. It’s a basic house that has been made extremely well. For example, instead of having a heat recovery system, we utilised the property’s crosswinds. We had mechanical vents put in all around the back perimeter, and tilt-turn windows so that when we open our courtyard windows and doors, they pull cold air in from the back of the house, which is in the shade.’