HOUSE OF FUN
Family leave behind home with happy memories
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.