GP’S per­fect rem­edy for ideal home

Doc­tor’s 140-year-old ru­ral re­treat now in best of health

Evening Express (City Final) - Home Life - - DREAM HOMES - By Lau­rna Robert­son

CHRIS Al­lan was so set on own­ing Ythanbank House af­ter his first view­ing that he didn't even wait to get a sur­vey done be­fore putting in an of­fer. There were too many other peo­ple in­ter­ested in Chris’s dream home for his lik­ing so he de­cided to take a gam­ble. And while he doesn’t re­gret the de­ci­sion, it cost him dearly. “The first job I had to do was the roof as the whole back area needed re-slated,” said the 38-year-old GP from Westhill. “There was a leak when I first moved in and we found out quickly the value of get­ting a sur­vey done when we heard about the state the roof was in. We got the whole back area of the roof re­done, along with the gut­ter­ing, so it’s in a great state for the next own­ers.” Chris moved from Fer­ry­hill to the idyl­lic house near El­lon six years ago. He had been liv­ing in a twobed­room-flat in Aberdeen for prac­ti­cal rea­sons. How­ever, a coun­try boy at heart, Chris was keen to get out of the city. He said: “While I was at the Univer­sity of Aberdeen study­ing medicine and work­ing shifts at Aberdeen Royal In­fir­mary, the city cen­tre flat made sense. “But I al­ways had in mind that I’d move back out of Aberdeen when I had a se­cure job. “I waited un­til I was made prac­tice part­ner in In­verurie and then started look­ing.” Af­ter view­ing around 10 prop­er­ties, he walked into the hall­way of Ythanbank and knew right away he had to have it. “From the out­side the prop­erty looks like a bog stan­dard farm house. How­ever, when I stepped in­side I was won over by the gor­geous skirt­ing boards, the stripped pine floor and a nice stair­way. “I didn't want to let any­one else have a chance to buy it be­fore me so I snapped it up.” The prop­erty, which was built around 140 years ago and was the orig­i­nal farm house of Ythanbank, had been cov­ered in white paint, or ‘mag­no­lia-fied’ as Chris de­scribes it, when he bought it. It also had quite a few 1970s fea­tures like slat­ted doors on the bed­room wardrobes. “It was pretty plain and needed some mod­erni­sa­tion but all in all the in­te­rior was in a good state.” Chris stripped out the wardrobes from the main bed­room to make the room big­ger and in an­other bed­room he put mir­rored doors on the wardrobe. The kitchen was given new ce­ramic tiling and gran­ite work sur­faces, while in the fam­ily room the chim­ney was re­stored and a multi-fuel stove and slate hearth were added.

MOV­ING ON: Chris Al­lan in his liv­ing/din­ing room at Ythanbank.

SPACIOUS: The fam­ily and, in­set, the gar­den a Ythanbank House, nea

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