DREAM HOME

Cou­ple con­verted old steading into a truly stylish fam­ily home

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

Cou­ple con­verted steading into stylish fam­ily home.

JEN­NIFER and Ian Ram­sey couldn’t pass up the op­por­tu­nity to live in the grounds of a his­toric Scot­tish es­tate. The cou­ple, who have been to­gether for 17 years, were quite hap­pily set­tled else­where when they made their spon­ta­neous de­ci­sion. And seven years later, with a beau­ti­fully-styled home in a gor­geous set­ting, it’s clear to see it’s the best move they could have made. “I’m from Stone­haven orig­i­nally and we ob­vi­ously knew of the Ury Es­tate be­fore,” said 36-year-old Jen­nifer, full-time mum to 10-month-old Mia. “But un­til seven years ago, we’d no idea that there were prop­er­ties on the es­tate that you could live in. “We weren’t even think­ing about mov­ing but when we heard about them, we thought it sounded like some­thing ex­cit­ing and com­pletely dif­fer­ent for us.” Jen­nifer and Ian, a 33-year-old busi­ness ac­qui­si­tion man­ager for Wood Group PSN, had al­ways wanted to build their own house from scratch. But when they found an old steading with full plan­ning per­mis­sion to be trans­formed into a house, it seemed a great place to start. “It was an old farm build­ing when we first saw it,” said Jen­nifer, who lists in­te­rior de­sign as one of her main hob­bies. “It still had all the

“Deck­ing per­fect for bar­be­cues”

stalls in­side for the an­i­mals. It was just the four walls stand­ing re­ally. We pur­chased it in Jan­uary and by Septem­ber, it was fin­ished.” To­day, 3 Home Farm Steading is a bright and spacious three­bed­room fam­ily home, with im­mac­u­late, mod­ern decor. One of the stand-out fea­tures of the prop­erty is its open-plan kitchen and din­ing room – a spacious area com­ple­mented by strik­ing, con­tem­po­rary fix­tures. A colour­ful fea­ture wall in the lounge lends some bright char­ac­ter to this room, while each of the bed­rooms has its own el­e­gant style. Liv­ing on a coun­try es­tate has lots of ben­e­fits for the Ram­seys. “It’s very peace­ful and we get to see lots of wildlife around us all the time,” said Jen­nifer. “We have a wood­pecker who

NEW PRO­JECT: Jen­nifer and Ian Ram­sey with their 10-month-old daugh­ter Mia.

RE­VAMPED: From left, the ex­te­rior of the con­verted steading on the Ury Es­tate, an

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