Facelift was no stroll in the park

Epic trans­for­ma­tion pro­ject was worth it in the end

Evening Express (City Final) - Home Life - - APARTMENT LIVING - By Lau­rna Robert­son

TO LOOK at now, this pol­ished pe­riod prop­erty ra­di­ates fi­nesse. How­ever, when Karen Cruick­shank and Steven Kemp first came to view the Hol­burn Street flat, it was stuck in the past. The naive first-time ren­o­va­tors de­cided they would opt for a trans­for­ma­tion pro­ject think­ing it would be sorted in no time. Lit­tle did they know how much work would be in­volved. “Ev­ery job we started to do al­ways led to an­other is­sue,” said Karen, a 37-year-old de­vel­op­ment man­ager from Mint­law. “We were putting in light fit­tings and we found out that the electrics needed rewired. “Then, when we went to get rid of the wall­pa­per we found var­nished lay­ers which made it a much longer job. “And we didn’t mea­sure the fire­place prop­erly so it didn’t fit. “It has been a real ed­u­ca­tion.” The cou­ple bought the prop­erty to­gether four years ago af­ter Steven, a 38-year-old off­shore chemist from Peter­head, sold his flat in Rich­mond Street. The pair were set on get­ting an older prop­erty with plenty of pe­riod charm, as his­tory is one of Steven’s in­ter­ests. And af­ter four months of look­ing they came to view the Hol­burn Street prop­erty. “This flat had a lot of char­ac­ter – from the pre­served cor­nic­ing to the skirt­ing boards,” said Karen. “It had a re­ally nice feel and the po­ten­tial was great al­though it needed a heap of work done. “It looked like it hadn’t been touched since the 1970s – the bath­room was olive green, there were flow­ery pat­terns ev­ery­where and the kitchen was wooden and re­ally old fash­ioned.” The pair had their work cut out – but they were ex­cited by the chal­lenge of trans­for­ma­tion. And af­ter much de­lib­er­a­tion the cou­ple de­cided to go for a tra­di­tional, his­toric feel so that they would make the most of the pe­riod fea­tures. Karen said: “Steven was de­lighted that he was able to have the old bits and pieces around. “We in­cor­po­rated a travel theme

WALKIES: Karen Cruick­shank with her dog An­nie.

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