Touch wood next fam­ily will love it

Cou­ple bid farewell to cosy neuk

Evening Express (City Final) - Home Life - - FAMILY LIVING - By Ni­amh Burns

WHEN Deb­bie Smith first saw 29 Kirkhill Road she wasn’t sure about liv­ing in a wooden house. But now, as she and her fam­ily get set to move to pas­tures new, she will be sad to say good­bye to her charm­ing home. Deb­bie, 41, and hus­band Ray­mond, 42, an off­shore su­per­vi­sor with Cape, moved into their Scan­di­na­vian wood home 16 years ago. Deb­bie said: “It seemed quite un­usual but we came for a view­ing and that was it. We just loved it. We never looked at an­other house.” The cou­ple, who live there with sons Leon, 10, and Max, 8, re­moved wood pan­elling and painted the walls in neu­tral colours. De­spite ap­pear­ances, the bun­ga­low is spacious in­side ... it’s even big enough for the fam­ily to own a large New­found­land dog called Ed. And liv­ing not far from the sea­side is ideal for own­ing such a large pup. Deb­bie said: “I like to take Ed for walks along the beach at Balme­die which is next to us and go for walks there with the kids.” One of Deb­bie’s favourite rooms is the din­ing kitchen where the fam­ily spend most of their time to­gether. “The kitchen has quite a rus­tic feel with wooden beams and is re­ally cosy,” the full-time mum said. And the tran­quil lo­ca­tion of the prop­erty is pop­u­lar with the fam­ily’s city-dwelling friends who love to come and stay over. Al­though Deb­bie is look­ing for­ward to mov­ing nearer the cou­ple’s fam­i­lies in Lau­rencekirk, she is go­ing to miss her

“Con­ser­va­tory is so lovely”

lovely con­ser­va­tory. “We had foam car­pet down so that the boys could play there but we’ve taken that away and it’s back to how it used to be with ce­ramic floor tiles. “It’s so lovely and if I could take it with me I would.” Ray­mond and Deb­bie said they will miss their first home to­gether. “It’s full of such happy mem­o­ries as it’s where we had our boys. But it’s time to move and let an­other fam­ily en­joy this won­der­ful spot.”

HAPPY MEM­O­RIES: Deb­bie and Ray­mond Smith with sons Leon and Max and their New­found­land dog Ed.

CHARM­ING: The con­ser­va­tory at Kirkhill Road, Pot­ter­ton.

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