Cop shop in good nick

Cells in old po­lice sta­tion be­came lux­ury bath­room

Evening Express (City Final) - Home Life - - HOME STYLE - By Lau­rna Robert­son

AL­THOUGH Jean Moir is a fan of nov­elty, she thought hav­ing cells in her home might be a tad much. Jean was the first per­son to own The Old Po­lice Sta­tion in Al­ford as a home and it came com­plete with two cells – one of which was still kit­ted out with bars. So af­ter much con­sid­er­a­tion she de­cided to transform the area – which once held crim­i­nals – into a lux­ury bath­room with a shower and bath unit. “I ob­vi­ously thought about keep­ing the cells but I had to be re­al­is­tic and ask my­self what I’d want a cell for,” said 64-year-old Jean, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer for SCARF, the en­ergy ef­fi­ciency ad­vice group. “As they had in­te­rior gran­ite walls I de­cided to keep some of them and use the space for a lux­ury bath­room.” Jean had spot­ted a huge shower and bath combo that was per­fect for the space on of­fer. “It’s got a re­mote con­trol, a steam shower, a three-cor­ner Jacuzzi-style bath, a cou­ple of hand show­ers, an over­head shower and a foot spa. “Be­cause I have a busy job it’s per­fect when I want to re­lax and when I need a bit of me time.” The bath­room also has a wet room area so that when Jean’s son Iain, 35, comes to visit, he can shower. “Iain’s in a wheel­chair so the wet room area is ideal for him.” When Jean bought the house three years ago it was a “to­tal disas­ter” in­side but with the help of a builder and ar­chi­tect she has trans­formed the place. And one of her big con­cerns, with work­ing for an en­ergy ef­fi­ciency ad­vice ser­vice, was to in­su­late well and find an en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly heat­ing sys­tem. “It’s fully in­su­lated and I went for an air source heat pump sys­tem which works like a fridge back­wards so it’s warm on the in­side and cold on the out­side. “In my last prop­erty, a stan­dard three-bed­room house, my bill was £2,500 a year, in this prop­erty it’s un­der £1,000.” The four-bed­room home is avail­able for a fixed price of £370,000. To view The Old Po­lice Sta­tion, Al­ford con­tact Stronachs LLP on (01224) 626100/845845.

CON­VERTED: Jean Moir’s walk-in shower. CLEAN SWEEP: Jean Moir turned the cells in Al­ford’s old po­lice sta­tion into a lux­u­ri­ous shower suite.

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