HOUSE OF FUN

Fam­ily leave be­hind home with happy mem­o­ries

Evening Express (City Final) - Home Life - - FRONT PAGE - By Ni­amh Burns

IT WAS the most dra­matic of cir­cum­stances that led to Tanya McHat­tie and her fam­ily mov­ing to Dyce. Tanya and David Rodger‘s son Ben, 3, had sus­pected menin­gi­tis as a baby when they lived in Fyvie and was rushed to Aberdeen Royal In­fir­mary – a 45 minute trip. It turned out Ben was very ill with sep­ti­caemia and his re­cov­ery in­cluded fre­quent hos­pi­tal vis­its. “When Ben got sick, we wanted to move closer to the city and to the hos­pi­tal,” said Tanya, 40. “Dyce was only 10 min­utes away from the hos­pi­tal and my part­ner, David, had lived there be­fore and liked the area.” Tanya, an in­for­ma­tion co-or­di­na­tor for PSN Wood Group, and David, 42, a tech­ni­cian with Proserve, saw three or four prop­er­ties be­fore they found their Dyce home. “We were very keen on it as, un­usu­ally for a new-build, the rooms were all very big.

“It was so im­mac­u­late”

“The house was so im­mac­u­late when we moved in that it wasn’t un­til af­ter a year that we dec­o­rated.” The down­stairs is in neu­tral tones, keep­ing the style sim­ple. As well as a large mas­ter bed­room with an en-suite shower room, the prop­erty has two fur­ther bed­rooms which have come in handy when David’s son Luke, 7, comes to stay at week­ends. Tanya said: “We have con­verted the garage for the boys so they have some­where they can play in peace.” When the weather’s good the fam­ily make use of the spacious gar­den. Along with space where they can run around, the boys also have their own play area with a swing, climb­ing area and chute. Tanya said: “The boys just love the house and have lots of friends nearby.” The fam­ily say they leave their home in Dyce with many happy mem­o­ries, but feel now Ben is bet­ter they want to re­turn to the coun­try­side. “It has been such a great place to live and we will re­ally miss this house.”

AT HOME: Tanya McHat­tie and David Rodger with Luke, 7, left, and three-year-old Ben.

GREAT OUT­DOORS: The ex­te­rior and the gar­den.

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