Artis­tic touch helped cre­ate happy house

Cou­ple trans­formed prop­erty into an adults’ par­adise

Evening Express (City Final) - Home Life - - DREAM HOMES - By Marie-Claire Jones

DEREK and Jac­que­line Massie cre­ated a grown-up’s par­adise when they mod­i­fied their dream home. The cou­ple live in Pet­ty­muick House – a beau­ti­ful four-bed­room coun­try home set in an acre of land at Udny Sta­tion. And with just them­selves to think about, they de­cided to swap around some of the rooms in or­der to give the ut­most in lux­ury liv­ing. Derek, a 47-year-old pro­ject man­ager, said: “We both knew as soon as walked in that this was the house for us. It had a re­ally good feel and a lovely light about it. “At that time the din­ing room was con­nected to a study and we de­cided to turn that space into our mas­ter bed­room and en-suite bath­room. “So many en-suites are a bit cup­board-like and you feel as though you can’t spread your wings. “With just the two of us to think about, we de­cided to make it as lux­u­ri­ous as pos­si­ble with lots of mar­ble, high-end fit­tings and a free-stand­ing bath.” In se­lect­ing the look of their en-suite – which is a huge space and even big­ger than the main bath­room – they took their in­flu­ences from the var­i­ous ho­tels and Cana­dian lodges in which they’d stayed. The re­sult is sim­ply stun­ning, of­fer­ing a con­tem­po­rary twist within a tra­di­tional, Ed­war­dian prop­erty. Each of the rooms has been styled by Jac­que­line who, as an art teacher, has a nat­u­rally cre­ative eye. She made the stained-glass win­dow on the front door, which casts a beau­ti­ful light across the en­trance to the home. Other stand-out rooms in­clude a lovely lounge with its orig­i­nal tiled fire­place, wooden dado and pic­ture rails, ceil­ing cov­ing with or­na­men­tal cen­tral rose and a

south-fac­ing bay win­dow. The kitchen is also vast with gran­ite-ef­fect work sur­faces and it leads to the gar­den room – an ex­ten­sion to the prop­erty which makes a fea­ture out of the ex­posed, orig­i­nal walls to the prop­erty. The Udny Sta­tion lo­ca­tion has been per­fect for them both as com­muters, just 15 min­utes drive to Bridge of Don, In­verurie, El­lon and Dyce. A new op­por­tu­nity has meant the Massies are mov­ing to Nor­way, but have loved the years they’ve spent in their coun­try home.

GOOD­BYE: Derek Massie is leav­ing Pet­ty­muick House.

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