Look on the bright side

A few rays of sun­shine showed the real po­ten­tial in this town­house con­ver­sion, says

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OME­TIMES all you need is a lit­tle bit of sun­shine to help you make up your mind. “When we bought this place the in­te­rior was quite dark and dingy,” says Ruth Reid of her three-bed­room first-floor con­ver­sion on Kirklee Road in the west end of Glasgow. “The day I came to see it, it was re­ally cloudy, but then the minute I came in here the sun just started to split the sky and this house seemed to have a re­ally good feel to it.”

In the two years that Ruth and her hus­band An­drew have owned the prop­erty they have com­pletely changed the decor and most of the in­te­rior.

“I sup­pose I did have a bit of a vi­sion for this place when I came to see it,” says Ruth. “I am an ac­coun­tant, but do­ing up houses is my hobby – I just love go­ing round to choose all the pieces as well as be­ing able to project man­age the house.

“I al­ways knew we were go­ing to do a lot to this place. The only things that we’ve kept are the wood­work and the cor­nice work be­cause they were the things that im­pressed us in the beginning. Other than that, the whole place has been re-wired and the plas­ter work smoothed out. We’ve also changed the po­si­tion of the kitchen and done up the shower room and the bath­room.”

Ruth’s pas­sion for in­te­rior de­sign has en­abled her to cre­ate an at­trac­tive mod­ern home. Al­though the fam­ily have done a lot of work to the prop­erty, they have also done their best to en­sure that any al­ter­ations have been in keep­ing with the style of the house.

“Any doors I took off I tried to re-use in other parts of the house,” says Ruth. “The walls might all look like they are white, but there are ac­tu­ally lots of dif­fer­ent shades of white through­out – I just used what I thought would make the most of the tra­di­tional fea­tures that were al­ready here.”

The kitchen, which used to be a bed­room, has seen the most sig­nif­i­cant change. Ruth has trans­formed this room into an at­trac­tive but homely so­cial­is­ing space. The kitchen has black gran­ite work­tops, with a cen­tral break­fast­ing is­land, and in­te­grated ap­pli­ances, in­clud­ing a cof­fee ma­chine and a wine fridge.

Ruth has also made the most of the stor­age space by en­sur­ing that the cen­tral is­land has cup­boards un­der­neath.

The lounge, at the front, has the most im­pres­sive tra­di­tional fea­tures. With a vaulted ceil­ing which has or­nate cor­nice and cov­ing work all the way round, as well as a spa­cious bow win­dow, this room re­ally has the wow fac­tor. “This was the room that re­ally im­pressed me when we came to see the house,” says Ruth.

“Even al­though it was dec­o­rated in quite dark colours at the time, you could see how much po­ten­tial was here. We added the large chan­de­lier, which had to come through the win­dow be­cause of its size.”

Next door, Ruth has given the mas­ter bed­room a sim­i­lar tra­di­tional look. This room has a fea­ture wall of wall­pa­per and has been fur­nished with hand­some dark wood fur­ni­ture.

The bath­room and the shower room have been dec­o­rated with glossy black tiles and mod­ern chan­de­liers to give them an opu- lent feel. There are two fur­ther bed­rooms, one of which has a walk-in wardrobe.

How­ever, af­ter fin­ish­ing her project on Kirklee Road, Ruth has de­cided that she wants to do it all again. “I just loving do­ing this and I’m get­ting that wan­der­lust feel again, so it’s time to move,” she ex­plains. “I feel I’ve done all I can to this house so it’s time to get a new project.”

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