‘The Corries was music to our ears’
Couple kept original name after rebuild
CREATING a sociable family home was the top priority for Campbell and Alison Fox. And the luxury of being able to design and build it all themselves meant they could make their dream a reality. The result of their endeavours is The Corries – a unique fourbedroom bungalow in Strachan, set in a plot of two-thirds of an acre. It’s been a spacious and peaceful environment for raising their three children – Laura, 34, Martin, 32 and Euan, 29 – all of whom have now flown the nest. “We had the house designed and built 21 years ago,” said 60-year-old Campbell, who has recently retired from his post as chief executive of a specialist software company. “We were looking for a fourbedroom house and in the property market at that time, people were paying huge amounts over the asking prices. “We had to weigh up the possibility that we would be paying well over the odds for a house that we might not be 100% satisfied with, so we thought if we were prepared to do that, then we might as well look into building our own.” Campbell and 59-year-old Alison, practice nurse manager at Banchory Group Practice, found an old prefab on a plot of land, and began planning their new home. Both big fans of Scandinavian design, they worked with Norwegian architect Kjartan Langskog to help them realise their vision. And while the old prefab was knocked down, they kept its name when it came to christening their proud new home – The Corries. It has big, bright rooms which include a stunning lounge with a vaulted ceiling, large picture window and French doors to the patio. And the expansive garden means this is a private, tranquil spot which has seen visits from pheasants, woodpeckers, red squirrels and a pine marten in the last year. “We wanted to make sure the style of the house was in keeping with the look of the area,” said Campbell. “And we didn’t want just a standard L-shaped bungalow either – we wanted something a little more interesting. It was important to us that our three kids would use the space of the house, rather than retreating to their bedrooms with their pals. So we made it that when you come through the back door, you have to come through the
HIGH CEILING: The main lounge at The Corries.
FROM ROOM TO ROOM: From left, the tastefully decorated, spacious master bedr