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Cou­ple trans­formed room into a real boys'zone

Evening Express (City Final) - Home Life - - FRONT PAGE - By Lau­rna Robert­son

WHEN they moved to Aberdeen, Gil­lian and Don­ald Urquhart were de­ter­mined their first home in the city would be a Vic­to­rian gran­ite prop­erty. They love the pe­riod fea­tures of older flats and viewed around 15 prop­er­ties be­fore they found 14 Kirk Brae, Cults, four years ago. “We loved the space, the high ceil­ings, the nat­u­ral light and the char­ac­ter of tra­di­tional prop­er­ties. “When we moved here five years ago and saw the gran­ite flats we knew we had to have one,” said 33-year-old Gil­lian, a health and safety in­spec­tor for the HSE. “We rented for six months and viewed prop­er­ties all over the city be­fore we found this one in Cults.” While the cou­ple, who had moved from Glas­gow’s West End, had been look­ing in the city cen­tre, they had been get­ting crav­ings for a slightly more peace­ful ex­is­tence. And Cults was the per­fect step­ping stone be­tween city and coun­try. “We wanted to be close to town but not in town and close enough to walk or cy­cle in if we felt like it. “This street is great as we have a bus stop at the end of our street that takes you into Aberdeen, we’re right next to the Cults Ho­tel and it’s on the doorstep of the beau­ti­ful Royal Dee­side scenery.” While the lo­ca­tion was great, the in­te­rior left a lot to be de­sired. Gil­lian said: “It was a sin­gle bloke that had it be­fore and it felt like a bach­e­lor flat. There was lots of red and only a bach­e­lor gets a sin­gle oven.” Gil­lian and Don­ald, a 41-year-old health and safety con­sul­tant at Trac­erco, started in the liv­ing room and sanded and var­nished the floor be­fore dec­o­rat­ing. “It only took us a week­end but what a mess it made.” Next, they re­moved the dreaded wood­chip pa­per in the hall, which they then plastered and painted.

ROOM TO GROW: Don­ald and Gil­lian Urquhart, with daugh­ter Ar­wen, 21 months.

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