Cou­ple’s prop­erty de­signed by Archibald Simp­son

Evening Express (City Final) - Home Life - - FAMILY LIVING - By Lau­rna Robert­son

“Fell in love with

the ter­race”

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.

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