Back to the future
Couple transformed dated flat
IT WAS as though they had entered a time warp when Morag and Joe Heaney first stepped into 609 Holburn Street. Morag said: “The old lady who owned it before had left the property stuck in the 1950s. “It was patterns everywhere and just so dated. Luckily, we could see the potential underneath.” And although the couple had no real DIY experience, they had a clear idea of what they wanted for the flat, just a short walk from the heart of Aberdeen. And they got straight to work after sealing the deal. Morag, 54, said: “The old owner had what we have as our utility room for her kitchen and she had a small lounge. “I’d always wanted a large lounge so we knocked down one of the walls to expand. “We also decided to go for a much more spacious kitchen and used the second sitting room for that,” she added. “We got a new central heating system, put in a new bathroom, and put in double glazing – it took a lot of modernisation.” After taking several interior design courses, Morag, who is now retired from her job at Rosemount Gallery, is constantly thinking of ways to transform rooms. And as husband Joe is colourblind, arguing over a paint scheme is never an issue. “I love interior design and Joe has always left it to me because his world is brown and green,” she said. She’s had several different colours on the apartment’s walls over the years but is particularly happy with its latest look. Morag said: “I’ve gone for a warm, earthy lounge which is both comfortable and stylish. “I’ve opted for a very modern kitchen with white high-gloss units which are surprisingly easy to keep clean. “I decided on a blue colour in there as my last kitchen was like a country cottage and I wanted something more contemporary.” And the master bedroom certainly has a contemporary colour scheme with sumptuous purple touches. “We’ve also collected lots of little things over the years and I think it’s those little touches that make our property different,” Morag added. But she confessed she took a little persuasion at first over the location of their Holburn Street flat, fearing the road would be too busy. However, Morag said: “I'm glad Joe managed to change my mind as it’s been a wonderful home.” While it may be on a main road, the couple are hardly bothered by noise and its location couldn’t be handier. They also have a large back garden, which was a surprise. Morag said: “From the front you'd never know there’s such a spacious garden at the back – it’s like a secret garden.” The couple are now thinking ahead to retirement and are on the look-out for a ground-floor flat.
The self-contained upper flat at 609 Holburn Street, Aberdeen, has a well-equipped kitchen, centre, and lovely contemporary, bright and airy master bedroom, right.
MODERN: The tastefully -decorated lounge is a spacious room.
REVAMP: Morag and Joe Heaney had to modernise their lovely city flat.
DESIGN IN MIND: