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14A Pinfold Street

Best Affordable New Build (less than £500k)
Front of property
Guard dog
African statue
Hand made stairs
Bauhaus spot lights
Upstairs walkway / bridge
Waterfall and pool
Kitchen 1
Aluminium up-downlighter
Walnut wood
Entrance Gate
Kitchen 2
Bi-fold doors
Retro light

My name is Jon Tilley and I am a self taught designer. Starting as a bricklayer, I built my first house over twenty years ago and have developed several properties since as homes and investments. I moved into garden design as a full time occupation in 2002 as it allowed an untrained designer the chance to experiment with design far more than a standard builder. Our company Dragonfly Garden Design & Build Ltd has won many awards including RHS Gold Medal in 2011, often specialising in Conceptual design.
We designed, project managed and worked on the construction of our own home in 2011 and we feel it is worth entering into the Northern Design Awards as in encompasses our design principles. We used an unwanted piece of brown field land that was judged by the market to have minimal value, we used many re-claimed materials including ones that actually came out of the land the house is built on. We combined traditional materials within a modern deign, and we designed a home simply to live in. A living house that meets the needs of a 21st century urban family.
The building is a three bedroom house with two bathrooms. lounge, kitchen, feature hallway and two utility areas. We were given a height limit of 6 metres by the local council to work within and after considering several options we opted for a curved Zinc roof. The property has virtually no opportunity of light to the rear, so we flooded the south facing wall with glazing and to avoid over heating in the summer we used a Pilkington heat reflective glass.
We used a local craftsman to build a kitchen out of reclaimed Walnut wood that dates back to 1932, also the stairs were handmade on site by our joiner out of French Oak.
We obviously worked hard to create a stylish garden as that is our main business. We worked hard to integrate the house and garden together, wishing to have no boundary between inside and out. We hope you like the results, we used hardwood decking combined with reclaimed stonewalls and york stone paving along with plants particularly suited to full sun, sharp drainage and poor town soil that the garden is based on, apart from a few specimen plants where we had to improve the soil quality.
Jon Tilley