The House that Jack Built 

Location: Stoke-on-Trent (Staffordshire)


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Before After

The Brief

Jack was involved in a road accident at the age of 18 that rendered him tetraplegic and in need of specially adapted accommodation. We were initially asked to produce an accommodation report in 2010, and went on to manage the planning, design and build of a bespoke bungalow for Jack.

It was incredibly important to Jack that he was able to influence the design of the new property – which we always welcome and encourage if possible. Accessibility, open spaces and remote management of the house was key. SDA looked after all the background work, including negotiating the land purchase, obtaining planning consent and managing both the tender process and building work.


The Result

We incorporated all of Jack’s ideas and requests into the finished bungalow, which now features a gym and therapy room, a carer’s bedroom, a specially adapted shower room, and even a utility room designed especially for Jack’s dog. The large dining / kitchen and living room ensure Jack has lots of space to move around and take control. There’s also a first floor with two additional guest bedrooms and bathrooms, plus space for a lift to be installed in future.

Assistive technologies built into the property include automated drive gates, doors, heating, lighting, CCTV and entertainment systems, all of which Jack takes great pride in managing on his iPhone or via Amazon Alexa voice commands.

SDA won a BUILD Architecture Award for the property in 2019 (Best Adaptive Homes Design Company).


It hasn’t changed everything, but it has made things easier. I like the wide-open spaces, both indoor and outdoor, and how easy it is to get around. I knew what I wanted, and I had a lot of input on decisions from the beginning. I met with the project manager often, and they were very easy to get along with.

SDA is a good company to work with. They know their stuff, everything went smoothly, and I’m very happy with the place.

Jack (client)