Pair carved out a classic charmer
Couple kept many original features
INSTEAD of excitement and relief, Ruth Cowie was terrified when she received the keys for 49 Burnett Place. Her husband Lewis Cowie had been offshore when she bought the flat in Aberdeen’s Kittybrewster area five years ago. And while project engineer Lewis had seen the photos online and encouraged her to go for it, Ruth was still apprehensive about how he'd feel when he got inside. “I was waiting anxiously to see what his first impression would be and hoping he'd be happy with it definitely added to the pressure,” said the 37-year-old Aberdeen College administration assistant. “Luckily as soon as he walked in he had a huge smile so I could relax.” Located just off Clifton Road, the flat has retained a lot of its period charm and was everything the couple had been looking for. “We were looking for somewhere close to the city centre but not in the heart like my previous studio flat in Rosemount. “We were also looking for more space.” And the rooms in the Burnett Place flat certainly ticked that box as they are all very spacious. But, although they loved many of their new home’s original features, the decor was more than a little dated for their tastes. “The decoration was very 1970s with a huge range of different wallpapers and a burgundy bath suite.” And when they started decorating they realised it was going to be tougher than they thought as they encountered layers and layers of old wallpaper. “That was really tough and took a long time, especially as some of the layers had varnish.” However, when Ruth found out she was pregnant they were encouraged to get the place finished. The couple redid the en-suite and Ruth’s dad, Martin Knowles, re-tiled it. They completely renovated the kitchen and Lewis’ dad, painter and decorator Ian Cowie, painted and
From left, the spacious master bedroom has large bay window and traditional cupboards in the alcoves, the other bedroom would be ideal for a child, and the granite exterior.
ON THE MOVE: Ruth and Lewis with Martha.