Wall Street Journal staffer Ruth Bloomfield depicts the newly built dream home of London couple Tracy and Steve Fox, which, after five years in the making, is built on the site of a former junkyard. The two bought the 3,000-square-foot, unused junkyard in 2009 for the U.S. dollar equivalent of $600,000, and set to work on designing a modern home that would pay homage to the site's industrial roots and embodied the Fox's ideal style of “comfortable Brutalism.”

Architect Jonathan Tuckey created a 2,800-square-foot, long, low two-story house, which features double-height living room and kitchen, three bedrooms and baths, and a music room and workshops for Mr. Fox, a prop painter for films. The house surrounds an open courtyard space which is overlooked by all the main rooms. 

Bloomfield describes the industrial aesthetic of the home, which tips its hat to the former junkyard: 

The house is partly constructed using concrete blocks clad in a corrugated cement fiberboard. The walls overlooking the courtyard are steel framed and studded with huge windows. Polished-concrete floors downstairs continue the industrial theme, and a stainless-steel work top and charcoal-black cupboards outfit the kitchen.

The home's construction costs totaled $900,000, bringing the couple's total spent to $1.47 million for the 18-month custom build. The Fox family believes the home is now worth between $2.65 million and $2.95 million.

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