DIY fan worked hard to cre­ate his ideal home.

Owner put in years of hard graft at prop­erty

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

“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 000

LOOK­ING GOOD: Clock­wise from top left, the spacious din­ing kitchen, the ex­te­rior of the prop­erty and the mas­ter bed­room.

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