From party pad to cosy couple’s flat
Renovation gave place a new lease of life
“Lots of social gatherings”
IT USED to be party central but now it’s a couple’s cosy home. Kirsty Fletcher and her best friend used to live it up in their girly pad while they were University of Aberdeen students. But when Kirsty’s boyfriend Niall Reid moved in, it became a young professional couple’s flat. “We had lots of social gatherings and our lounge was a great place to sit with friends,” said Kirsty, 23, a corporate finance analyst. “But when Niall moved in two years ago we had more cosy nights in.” Kirsty searched all over the city for the perfect student flat, which her parents had agreed to buy. Kirsty thought the location and views from this twobedroom flat made it the perfect place to spend her final years studying and she moved into the property in 2007. “We just had to decide who got what bedroom as one is smaller but has a bigger wardrobe than the other. “It was a great place when I was at university because it was just down the road. “Union Street is only a short walk away, as is the sea. “You can see the beach from the living room window. “That is something else that made me like the flat when I went to view it.” The second bedroom looks on to a large shared garden which is the perfect spot for enjoying the sun and organising barbecues. Kirsty said: “When it is a nice day, it’s really nice to sit in the garden and read a book or have a barbecue.” When Niall, a 25-year-old sales representative for an electrical wholesaler, moved
in, they decided to transform the decor together so it really felt like their home. “It was a year ago when we decided to renovate the flat which took us two or three months,” Kirsty said. “We wanted it to feel like our first home rather than my old student pad.” They pulled up the kitchen tiles and replaced them with wooden flooring. They also repainted, had new carpets fitted, and replaced the fire in the living room with a more updated electric fireplace. Now, Kirsty can’t even decide on her favourite room. “I love my bedroom because I like the decor, especially the “You can see the beach” red feature wall. But I also love the lounge as it gets the sun in the mornings and the big window makes it a very bright room,” she said. While sad to say goodbye to the flat that holds so many memories, it’s time for the couple to take the next step. Kirsty said: “I’m really going to miss this flat but now’s the right time for Niall and I to move out and get our first mortgage. I just hope that the next owners enjoy living in the flat as much as I have.”
SELLING UP: Owners Kirsty Fletcher and Niall Reid.
CHILL OUT: The lounge is modern, spacious and bright, a great place to relax.
DELIGHTFUL: Top, the two plush bedrooms and, above, smart, fitted kitchen, at the Mary Elmslie Court home.