‘It’s a great place for kids to play’

Fam­ily’s de­light at find­ing quiet cul-de-sac

Evening Express (City Final) - Home Life - - FAMILY LIVING - By Donna Ewen

KAREN Merrin had a very good feel­ing about her move into New­lands Av­enue four years ago. Nurse Karen, 31, who works in the neo-na­tal unit at Aberdeen Ma­ter­nity hos­pi­tal, said: “With two young daugh­ters, my hus­band Andrew and I were de­lighted to dis­cover the house is in a quiet cul-de-sac. “It’s been won­der­ful be­ing able to let our girls Amy and Sadie play out­doors on their bikes with­out too much worry. ” Karen and Andrew, 34, who runs the I-Aberdeen IT Com­pany, were also im­pressed with how light and airy the three­bed­room, mid-ter­raced fam­ily home is. The cou­ple have re­dec­o­rated ev­ery room, as well as re­mov­ing the wall in the hall, gain­ing them ex­tra floor space. The lounge and hall­way, which both have stripped and var­nished floor­boards, have been dec­o­rated mainly in neu­tral colours. The bright and wel­com­ing hall­way is on open plan with the lounge and din­ing area. The lounge has large dual as­pect win­dows which makes the ground floor a bright space. The fully-equipped kitchen – where Andrew fre­quently rus­tles up his sig­na­ture curry dish – is fit­ted with a good range of mod­ern wall and base units. Three bed­rooms and the fam­ily bath­room on the up­per floor com­plete the lay­out. The front gar­den has a small area of lawn, while the back gar­den fea­tures a pa­tio area with the re­main­der laid in bark chips. The Merrin fam­ily are hop­ing to up­grade to a big­ger prop­erty with Sadie’s lit­tle furry friend Fluffy the rab­bit. “We’ve loved staying here, and will re­ally miss our neigh­bours, but we are also ex­cited about find­ing our next home,” said Karen.

GOOD­BYE: Andrew and Karen Merrin with daugh­ters Sadie, 5, and Amy, 8.

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