DREAM HOME

Tra­di­tional home has lots of space for a fam­ily.

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

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

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