It’s all done. Bring on our next project
Couple just can’t sit back and enjoy fruits of their labours
SHARON and Robert Clark are well aware that their friends think they are crazy. While most people would sit back and enjoy being in a house that they’d spent three years renovating, the Clarks are desperate for a new challenge after making Cedar Brae a dream place to live. “We bought the property in 2007 after we fell in love with its potential and privacy,” said 40-yearold community midwife Sharon. “While other people have hobbies ours is renovating homes. “We’ve spent our free time since we arrived making the property reach its potential.” The couple bought the Oldmeldrum house in 2007 after they finished building their last home in Daviot. Initially they were looking for another building project. But when they were unable to get the land they had their eye on, the couple started looking on the property market. It was the idyllic location, the scale of the renovation work and the amount of space on offer for this family of five that appealed to Sharon and 42-year-old civil servant Robert. With three boys, Euan, 11, Ross, 7, and Finlay, 5, the couple wanted to have bedrooms for each of their growing loons. However the boys got a bit mixed up about what they could do with the spare rooms. Sharon said: “The boys thought it was great that we were moving into a six-bedroom house as there would be enough rooms for mum and dad.” As soon as the family put their boxes down, hands-on Sharon and Robert set to work. To make the boys feel settled, they transformed their bedrooms first. From looking bare and empty, one of the bedrooms was transformed into a football fanatic’s paradise with a stadium sticker taking up an entire wall. Needless to say Colony Park FC player Euan was delighted. The other two rooms were transformed so that the car daft younger sons would have their dream rooms too with Finlay even getting his own Ferrari bed. Next they decorated the playroom downstairs, followed by their own bedroom, the lounge and the dining room. Although the couple had never used wallpapers in previous properties, they became hooked in this home. “We did one wall and found that it instantly added warmth and drama to a room. “After that we got hooked and have a feature wall in most rooms. “The boldest is the purple one in the spare room which I love.” Transforming the kitchen was
the biggest challenge the house offered the Clarks. Sharon said: “Having no kitchen for a month was a bit of a nightmare with three young boys. However, on the plus side it meant I didn’t have to cook. “We had a cooking area on an island in our last property and I really liked that, as I still felt included when I was cooking, instead of facing a wall.” The front of the house is surrounded by woodland which gives the family privacy. The back garden is a sun trap and the patio has views over to Bennachie. The couple can enjoy a glass of wine while the kids are running free in the spacious garden. But while the house is a dream family home and the Clarks are sad to leave, they are desperate for another building project. “We know that other people may like to relax but we need another challenge,” said Sharon.
MOVING ON: Sharon Clark with sons Finlay, left, Ross and Euan.
MAKE OVER: The large kitchen with its white units and central cooking island, the
SPACIOUS: The living room and master bedroom with balcony. Right, the dining and family rooms.
exterior of executive home Cedar Brae, Oldmeldrum, and one of the Clark boys’ bedrooms complete with impressive football stadium wall.