Traditional home has lots of space for a family.
GROWING up in Milltimber, Ken Hutcheson had always admired the big houses on Great Western Road as he travelled in and out of Aberdeen. So when it came to choosing a property close to the city, he knew exactly where to look. The house he and his partner Heike Troell-Smith settled on has been an ideal home, with all the space needed for a growing family. The period five-bedroom property has lots of beautiful features, not to mention the ideal location for a household with teenagers. “We moved here in 2004 and the location suited our needs perfectly at the time,” said Ken, a 46-year-old engineer. “We’ve done some work on the property since then, replacing windows here and there, putting in fireplaces and decorating throughout. “We also remodelled the garden from scratch which was a big job.” Ken and Heike, a community nurse, have shared the property with their four-year-old daughter Anna, and Heikie’s three sons – Ben, 21, and 19-year-old twins Basti and Carsten. The period property has lots of original features including high ceilings with intricate cornicing, bay windows, panelled doors and a stained glass window. Of all the rooms in the house, there are two in particular which jostle for position as the most beautiful. First there is the dining room,
“Cornicing and bay windows”
overlooking the back garden, with deep red walls, contrasting white alcoves and big bay window. This bright south-facing room is perfect for lazing around in by day, and entertaining at night. This is where Ken and Heike spent most of their time when Anna was a baby, as four years ago this room was carpeted. Since then, Ken has worked hard to show off and maintain the traditional floorboards which had lain out of sight underneath. Then to the front of the house is a formal lounge – again with traditional floorboards, open fire and alcove features. The warm two-tone decor here is most striking, with cream and red shades complemented by wallmounted light-fittings. The spacious kitchen is wellequipped with modern units while the five bedrooms are all good sizes with a range of original features. Now the three boys have all left home for university, Ken, Heike and Anna are moving to a property near Peterculter. Ken added: “We’re not moving too far out of town, but we will still miss the convenience of this house. “It’s 20 minutes walk into the centre of town, and everything we’ve needed has been close by.”
MOVING ON: Ken Hutcheson and his family are saying goodbye to Great Western Road.
WELCOMING: The e lounge and, below, spacious bedrooms of the large back ga
ATTRACTIVE: The traditional granite exterior of 391 Great Western Road and the di