Steading-style house was a real fam­ily af­fair.

Cou­ple cre­ated charm­ing coun­try home from scratch

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

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.

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