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Living the good life

Seeking a change of lifestyle, Jon and Angela Thompson traded in their house in the London suburbs for a dramatic renovation and extension project in rural Kent

In the tiny Kent village of Grafty Green is what at first glance appears to be a modest bungalow. The front of the property is smart and immaculately presented, but gives no clue to the contemporary house that lies behind the walls. The couple that took on the challenge of transforming this once rundown dwelling into a stylish, light-filled home had no previous experience of major building projects – but that didn’t deter them.

Lifestyle change

Jon and Angela thompson spent 20 years living happily in suburbia, in Bromley to be precise. When their children had left home they started to think about a change of lifestyle – Angela had long wanted to keep alpacas. But the pair didn’t think they could fit the creatures into their suburban garden, and weren’t sure the neighbours would appreciate them suddenly adopting The Good Life either.

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NAMES Jon & Angela Thompson

OCCUPATIONS Financial advisor & teacher

LOCATION Kent

TYPE OF PROJECT Renovation & extension STYLE 1970s bungalow

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Get the advice and inspiration you need to complete your home building project on time and on budget with the March edition of Build It, including: - How to get more for your money - Is gas central heating energy efficient? - Getting sunroom extensions right - Ultimate guide to garage conversions - Do you need an architect? ... and more!