Facelift was no stroll in the park
Epic transformation project was worth it in the end
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.