‘All our hard work was worth result’
Couple spent year on major revamp
CREATING the perfect home for their family was a year-long labour of love for Michael and Pamela Parkin. The period property on Huntly’s Richmond Road was in dire need of some TLC when the couple took it on in 2003. Michael, 32, an engineering manager with Bowtech Products, said: “We returned to Huntly from living in Edinburgh. “I knew Richmond Road to be one of the nicest streets in Huntly, so when we moved back to the area, it was the first place I looked.” Fortunately for Michael and wife Pamela, 33, his dad is a builder, and was able to pitch in and help the couple bring it up to its present, immaculate condition. The house makeover included new double
glazing, gas central heating, new plumbing, and they had to re-plaster every wall. “The kitchen had an extension built on at the back – a scullery that was added about 20 years after it was built,” said
Michael. “It was a bit of a warren out there, but once we opened it up we were able to extend the kitchen, fit in French doors, before finishing off the outside, with a little help from my dad’s digger!” Michael and Pamela spent the best part of a year working on their home, which boasts an abundance of original Edwardian features. They even went so far as to get full planning permission for a garden room to be accessed off the kitchen. But with the arrival of their son Angus, 3, and daughter Evie, eight weeks old, all their plans had to go on hold. “We have loved living here as it is such a bright and airy place,” said Michael. “It’s been hard work, but it’s obviously not been too hard on me, as I am excited about finding our next project.”
ON THE MOVE: Pamela and Michael Parkin with baby Evie and Angus, 3.