Uffa Fox sold the house to the Terry family but continued to live there as if it was his own. After his death the drawing office was closed as the Terry’s moved in their furniture, and generally cleaned up the house. The bottom floor where Uffa had built Flying Fifteens and his motor launch, named Ankle Deep, remained unkempt. It had an ugly boiler, coal stores, and was full of junk. It could hardly have been used as living space, having huge concrete columns recently commissioned in the hope of preventing the house from collapsing. But the Flying Fifteen class did manage to hold their Cowes Week cocktail party on the quay.
When John Terry inherited the house, he realized that major work was required to stabilize the structure. A plan was drawn up by a local architect and the structural engineers next door. The work was carried out by Cowes builder Geoff Banks. Piles were driven down to support a reinforced concrete platform which was built under the house. Concrete pillars were built up against the walls. These had dummy stonework facings by Mick, who had done the same type of work at the Royal Yacht Squadron. His signature was to do some hidden patterns and it is a challenge for one to identify these. Steel columns were also used so the end result was an internal framework of great stability, preventing the walls from moving further. It is a tribute to their workmanship that 15 years later only one tiny and totally insignificant crack has appeared.
John had remembered the early parties on the quay and took advantage of the reconstruction to clear up the bottom of the house, level the floors and turn it into a combined boathouse and event room.