‘Ben­nachie view made up our minds’

Cou­ple very happy in coun­try house

Evening Express (City Final) - Home Life - - FAMILY LIVING - By Donna Ewen

IT’S al­ways nice to know there are still some amaz­ing prop­er­ties out there at affordable fixed prices. This one in Old­mel­drum, for ex­am­ple, has been the home for the past five years to Steve Dickie, 37, a main­te­nance su­per­vi­sor with Hal­libur­ton, and his other half Sh­eryl Paul. Steve said: “Sh­eryl and I lived in Bridge of Don when we had our first son Dy­lan, but when we dis­cov­ered she was preg­nant with our sec­ond son Jake, we de­cided to up­grade to a four-bed­room. “This prop­erty was a new­build and when Sh­eryl and I first saw the amaz­ing view of Ben­nachie from the fam­ily room and mas­ter bed­room, our minds were made up there and then.” Steve and hair stylist, Sh­eryl, 32, who works at Saks Hair and Beauty in the city cen­tre, opted for Old­mel­drum for easy com­mut­ing to Steve’s work­place in Dyce – and also be­cause it’s such a fam­ily-friendly place to stay. Their lovely fam­ily home com­prises a hall, cloak­room, lounge, open­plan kitchen, din­ing and fam­ily room, mas­ter bed­room with en-suite shower room, three fur­ther dou­ble bed­rooms, and a fam­ily bath­room. The house is mainly dec­o­rated in neu­tral tones with a splash of colour in the boys’ bed­rooms. The open-plan area is Steve’s favourite space. “The first thing we did when we got the keys was to take down the wall that di­vided the kitchen from the din­ing room,” he said. “We both love that space as we can cook, and keep an eye on the boys at the same time.” The rear gar­den is where Sh­eryl is hap­pi­est at­tend­ing to her veg­etable patch where she grows radishes, run­ner beans, pota­toes and car­rots. “We’ve been very happy liv­ing here,” said Steve.

FAB FOUR: Steve Dickie and Sh­eryl Paul at home with their kids Dy­lan, 5, and Jake 4.

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