Couple transformed room into a real boys'zone
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.