Andrew his wife, Joan, and son, David, lived in a rented flat in Barnes, London. They lived with Joan's parents, known to all the children as Nan and Mof (short for Mofa, my mother's father.) John and the family frequently travelled to Barnes by bus and Joan would cycle from Barnes to Croydon, just over 10 miles each way.
In 1954 Andy and Mofa bought a plot of land in Ifold, Sussex, to realise their dream of owning their own properties. They moved into temporary accommodation and built two bungalows. Joan and Andy moved into their first build, Janda, in Christmas 1955. The bungalow can still be found on Zoopla.