Britain's Most Extraordinary Home


At midday on 6th October 1990 John Trevillian stepped into a three-bedroomed, semi-detached, ex-council house in Essex and started a personal journey that grew into a 25-year project: To take a standard English dwelling and transform it into a wonderland of inspirational locations, each set in a different time and place.

The process was to deconstruct each room back to the brickwork and rebuild from scratch, so that upon completion not one square centimetre of the original house remains (that’s inside and out). Using only those tradesmen essential

to compliance with building regulations (structural, electric and gas), the rest of
the skills (from carpentry, bricklaying and garden landscaping to the more esoteric like basket weaving, gold leafing and treehouse construction) were learned by ordinary people.

It was quite a brave undertaking, but made more so because the person who started this quarter-century journey could not even wire a household plug.

Using traditional techniques and authentic items sourced from around the globe, John and his team have created something from nothing, or perhaps more accurately, something incredible from nothing special. It is Talliston’s outward normality that is its magic; it is truly somewhere extraordinary within the ordinary.

Continues in Issue 36 - Buy it here.