DIY fan worked hard to create his ideal home.
Owner put in years of hard graft at property
“I could see the potential”
HAVING built two houses from scratch in the past, George Ritchie has never shirked a challenge. The sales development manager for Scottish Motor Auction Group is passionate about DIY and never misses a home improvement TV show. So when he saw the amount of work that 211 Clifton Road East needed, George didn't think twice about taking on the project. “I’ve always been keen on hands-on projects and I love that feeling when you’ve finished a job and it’s different to anything else you’ve seen,” said 62-year-old George. “This place had been rented out to students for five years and wasn't much to look at. “However, I could see how adaptable the rooms were and the potential of the space. “It may seem a lot easier than building a home, but transforming this flat still came with its challenges and a lot of hard work.” George bought the two-bedroom apartment 14 years ago. He was looking for somewhere close to both his workplace at the AECC and near town, and which also had a decent garden. The first job George did was to put in central heating. He added new windows and doors before starting on the bigger jobs. George said: “The kitchen looked like it was from the 1950s so I quickly got that fixed. “I also put in a new bathroom – the old one had a green suite and was in a galley layout. “The corner bath is brilliant. The glass wall feature was an afterthought as I bought a box of tiles and decided to give it a go.” He also put a new fireplace in and redecorated the
lounge, kitchen and bathroom. George said: “I’d just had a new fireplace put in the lounge and I wanted to match the theme of the room around that. “I found the ships that I’ve got on the wall on holiday in Orkney. “I thought I’d add a bit of red to the metallic grey theme to add warmth,” he added. George has continued the grey and red theme into the kitchen. Two skipfuls were needed to clear the garden and George decided to make life easier for himself.
“Brilliant for barbecues”
“I went for an easilymaintained garden with a patio. “It’s a sun trap from noon to bedtime and it’s brilliant for barbecues or eating outside.” While George has loved living here for the last 14 years, he’s looking for a home to retire to. “I have a caravan and I’d like to find a house to retire in that has a drive where I could keep my caravan.”
OWNER: George Ritchie at 211 Clifton Road East.
PLACE TO RELAX: George Ritchie put a lot of work into creating his comfortable lounge. Offer £ s 165,over
LOOKING GOOD: Clockwise from top left, the spacious dining kitchen, the exterior of the property and the master bedroom.