Steading-style house was a real family affair.
Couple created charming country home from scratch
LARACH BEG has been the perfect family home in every sense of the word. Jeanette and Ian Sutherland have enjoyed 14 years in the fivebedroom detached home that was built for them from scratch. And while their children, Alistair and Helen, spent a good part of their teenage years in the house, Jeanette’s father Tom Lothian also played a big part in family life in the property. “What I wanted to do was to have a house that gave the family plenty of room and privacy,” said 61-year-old Ian, a retired power station manager for Scottish and Southern Energy. “That’s why we’ve got ensuites and a separate family room and lounge – so the kids felt like they could do their thing without us interfering. “We also made a grandad flat for Jeanette’s dad Tom who moved in with us 10 years ago. As a former city building manager in Derby he played a big part helping out with important decisions when we were building the property and helping out physically – he did all the slating and the harling.” The family lived just two miles away when they decided to buy the land 17 years ago. At the time, there was a potential risk of Ian having to work away from the North-east. And the family
loved the area so much that they wanted a home here so they could come back to visit. Ian said: “We’ve stayed in the area since I came back from Zimbabwe in 1985 and love the people and the countryside. “We bought the land when it looked like my job would be moving so that we could build a
“We love the area so much”
small house to visit. Then 15 years ago we decided to build a family home instead as it became clear that I was staying in the area.” The building work took around a year to complete and everything was done by local tradesmen. The family went for a converted steading look even though the property was built from scratch. Ian said: “We wanted it to look like a converted barn and we used local stone from Mains of Pitfour in Mintlaw. “The steading idea fits in with the local architecture but it doesn’t have the problems of something that’s already built – it’s well insulated for example.” For the interior the couple also went for a traditional look and stuck to natural materials like oak. In the kitchen they continued the theme with a feature Ian had always wanted. “From when I was young I wanted to have an AGA or a Rayburn stove. In the end we went for a Rayburn and the great thing is if the power goes out it also works as a central heating boiler as well as a cooker. We put an exposed wall there to add to the traditional feel.” All the bedrooms are spacious and have ample storage. And the family went for a little bit of luxury with the shower. “We opted for a shower unit which has a steam function and body sprays” The garden was another project for Ian.
ON THE MOVE: Ian Sutherland and his wife had their lovely home built from scratch.