Baby, we're on the move

Fam­ily set for new ad­ven­ture

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

ANNE and Matt Corbin didn’t need to look far to find their first North­east home to­gether. Matt had been rent­ing 18 Irvine Place for six months be­fore the own­ers put it on the mar­ket. And as Anne was ready to re­lo­cate to the Gran­ite City from Cardiff nearly five years ago, they de­cided to buy it. “We were liv­ing in Cardiff to­gether but Matt moved to Aberdeen for work six months be­fore me,” said 36-year-old ac­coun­tant Anne, who stud­ied at the Univer­sity of Aberdeen. “I’d vis­ited this flat many times and we both loved the quiet street that’s still in the cen­tre of ev­ery­thing. “As soon as the own­ers told us it was go­ing on the mar­ket we knew we wanted to keep it as our home.” As the prop­erty had been leased out it was in a tired state. But Anne and Matt, 37, a re­gional man­ager for GE oil and gas were de­lighted they could fi­nally make the place more homely. Anne said: “It needed a bit of tart­ing up and we were both keen on up­grad­ing the kitchen as soon as we could. “It wasn’t re­ally to our taste at all. It was very 1990s in style.” The first job the cou­ple had pro­fes­sion­ally done was paint­ing and dec­o­rat­ing through­out their prop­erty. They then put in a mod­ern kitchen in 2008 and not long af­ter they at­tacked the wasted at­tic space. “It took a lot of work to con­vert the room into a us­able space as it was re­ally dusty up there. “The ceil­ing was re­ally old and not sturdy so the builders ripped it all out. “Then they re­floored it, put in a new ceil­ing, re­plas­tered the room and put ceil­ing lights in. “Luck­ily all that work – which took about two weeks – didn’t en­croach on the rest of the home too much.” The cou­ple have gone for a clas­sic look with a con­tem­po­rary twist as they’re fans of light, neu­tral colours and fur­nish­ings. And apart from be­ing in­flu­enced by home mag­a­zines, which Anne loves

read­ing in the bath with a glass of wine, they’ve also been heav­ily in­flu­enced by their ad­ven­tures. “We trav­elled to­gether for eight months in 2003 be­fore we got mar­ried. “We have pic­tures we bought while away in South Africa and we also have pho­to­graphs from Yosemite Na­tional Park and the King Charles Bridge in Prague. “It’s nice to have shared mem­o­ries through­out our prop­erty.” Over the last nine months the cou­ple have made more mem­o­ries in their pad – with their nine-month-old son Jamie. How­ever, dur­ing Anne’s ma­ter­nity leave, new dad Matt has been wear­ing her down with his dream of liv­ing in the coun­try. And he’s fi­nally man­aged to pull Anne away from the city cen­tre con­ve­niences. “Af­ter five months away from my of­fice his per­sis­tence has paid off and he’s man­aged to per­suade me to give it a go,” she said. “We’re cur­rently in the process of buy­ing a house in Ban­chory.”

EL­E­GANT: The bright mas­ter bed­room at 18 Irvine Place and an ex­te­rior view of the prop­erty, which is sit­u­ated in a quiet Aberdeen res­i­den­tial street.

FRESH CHAL­LENGE: Anne Corbin with her baby Jamie.

“Keen on up­grad­ing it”

Of­fer £ s 245,over

000 COM­FORT­ABLE: The lounge at 18 Irvine Place in Aberdeen.

SPACIOUS: Pic­tured, top from left, the sec­ond bed­room and din­ing room. Also, above, from left, the kitchen with its break­fast bar and the con­verted at­tic room.

“Away from city cen­tre”

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