DREAM HOME

Fam­ily re­vamped spacious home in su­perb cen­tral spot

Evening Express (City Final) - Home Life - - FAMILY LIVING - By Marie-Claire Jones

Fam­ily re­vamped spacious home in cen­tral lo­ca­tion.

WITH its quaint har­bour and beau­ti­ful views of the Aberdeen­shire coast, Stone­haven is an eter­nally pop­u­lar place for fam­i­lies to set­tle. And when it comes to lo­ca­tions within the town, it doesn’t get much bet­ter than this. In a per­fectly cen­tral spot for a grow­ing brood, 17 West­field Road is a charm­ing fam­ily home. Mum-of-three Janet Carmichael, 46, said: “When we bought the house 16 years ago, our el­dest daugh­ter was just a few months old and we were look­ing for a fam­ily prop­erty. The lo­ca­tion of this house was ideal. “It’s five min­utes from the pri­mary school so our chil­dren were able to walk there from when they were in pri­mary two. The sec­ondary school is five min­utes in the other direc­tion. “It’s also five min­utes from the town cen­tre, the train sta­tion and Min­er­al­well Park. The house is bang in the mid­dle of ev­ery­thing and with the beach, ten­nis courts and more all nearby, there is al­ways some­thing for the kids to do here.” Janet, a pri­mary school teacher in nearby Cat­ter­line, gave the fourbed­room home a makeover with hus­band Du­gald, a 47-year-old self-em­ployed en­gi­neer. And it’s been a bright and spacious home for rais­ing their three chil­dren – Alice, 16, Calum, 14, and Lewis, 12. Work car­ried out over the years in­cludes re­mov­ing a con­ser­va­tory and us­ing the ex­tra space to ex­tend the kitchen, adding an open-plan fam­ily room com­plete with vaulted ceil­ing, Velux win­dows and French doors to the gar­den. Wooden floor­boards have been well-main­tained and var­nished over the years, while the dado rails have been stripped back to the orig­i­nal wood to show them off. And they have also put in a new kitchen and freshly dec­o­rated through­out the prop­erty. Janet said: “We put our ex­ten­sion on to make the most of the sun as it moves around the house and it’s made it a nice, light place to sit. “In win­ter, I pre­fer to sit in the lounge with the fire go­ing as it’s so cosy. “But we re­ally do make use of the whole house – none of the rooms are kept for spe­cial oc­ca­sions.” Out­side, the big gar­den has been ideal for swing sets, tram­po­lines and foot­ball games

MAK­ING A MOVE: Janet Carmichael with her daugh­ter Alice, 16, and their pet dog Har­ris. BRIGHT: The lounge and, top, the home’s ex­te­rior. Be­low right, one of the bed­rooms.

SPE­CIAL SPACES: From left, the stylish and well-ap­pointed kitchen, and the din­ing a

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