Couple’s property designed by Archibald Simpson
“Fell in love with
SANDER and Pauline van der Laan feel very privileged to live in their lovely period home in Aberdeen’s Ferryhill area. The couple know not many people are lucky enough to live in a home designed by Archibald Simpson. However, when they bought their B-listed Marine Terrace home 23 years ago they had no idea of its connection to the city’s most famous architect. “We didn’t have a clue it was designed by Archibald Simpson when we bought it – we had friends living nearby and when we came into the street we fell in love with the terrace,” said Sander, the 50-year-old company director of Salvus Services Ltd. Sander, who was born in Indonesia but has spent the last 42 years in the North-east, said: “We were delighted when we found out it was designed by him.” The terrace was commissioned around 1830 with the couple’s home completed in 1880. Learning their home had such a prestigious past inspired Sander and Pauline to find out more about Marine Terrace. Sander said: “The whole street was set high up in the city to have views out to the harbour and over Aberdeen. “Our home was designed for a shoemaker corporation.” Sander and Pauline, a 50-yearold librarian from South Shields, were living in Ellon when they came to view the historic property set in a conservation area. As both of them worked in the city and commuted every day, they decided that it would be better to live nearby. They had been searching for around six months for a four-bedroom property in the West End. Because they had specific criteria and there wasn’t a lot of choice at the time, they had only viewed a handful of properties before falling in love with their Ferryhill home. Sander said: “The proportions of the rooms, the scenic street, and the walled garden won us over. “It was also a blank canvas and had been painted magnolia throughout which made it really easy to imagine putting our own stamp on the place.” While the house was in good order there was still work to do. They started out by replacing the storage heating in the basement with a central heating system. Then they decorated the sitting room and dining room before stripping all the wood back in the lounge and the vestibule. They had the period fireplaces removed from the walls, serviced and then refitted. Sander said: “We progressively went through the house, refitting the flooring and getting rid of the carpeting. “We gutted the kitchen and swapped it for a more modern look – the old one was functional but we wanted a contemporary feel. “We also went for a modern shower room and bathroom.” One of the last improvements the couple made was 18 months ago when they created their own gym in a spare room. Sander said: “It’s very handy and great to be able to work out whenever we feel like it.” Throughout their home the couple have opted for a traditional style that fits with the proportions of each room. And while, to an outside eye, the home could only be described as grand, Sander refuses to accept this. “It’s a really comfortable family home which we’ve decorated with a contemporary feel. “Because of the period features, the house speaks for itself and
Couple fell for traditional features of period home.
ELEGANT with origi flooring, i
MOVING ON: Sander and Pauline van der Laan will be sad to leave Marine Terrace.
B-LISTED: The exterior of 11 Marine Terrace, Ferryhill.