Cop shop in good nick
Cells in old police station became luxury bathroom
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.