From party pad to cosy cou­ple’s flat

Ren­o­va­tion gave place a new lease of life

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

“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.

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