Pair carved out a clas­sic charmer

Cou­ple kept many orig­i­nal fea­tures

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

IN­STEAD of ex­cite­ment and re­lief, Ruth Cowie was ter­ri­fied when she re­ceived the keys for 49 Bur­nett Place. Her hus­band Lewis Cowie had been off­shore when she bought the flat in Aberdeen’s Kit­ty­brew­ster area five years ago. And while pro­ject en­gi­neer Lewis had seen the pho­tos on­line and en­cour­aged her to go for it, Ruth was still ap­pre­hen­sive about how he'd feel when he got in­side. “I was wait­ing anx­iously to see what his first im­pres­sion would be and hop­ing he'd be happy with it def­i­nitely added to the pres­sure,” said the 37-year-old Aberdeen Col­lege ad­min­is­tra­tion as­sis­tant. “Luck­ily as soon as he walked in he had a huge smile so I could re­lax.” Lo­cated just off Clifton Road, the flat has re­tained a lot of its pe­riod charm and was ev­ery­thing the cou­ple had been look­ing for. “We were look­ing for some­where close to the city cen­tre but not in the heart like my pre­vi­ous stu­dio flat in Rose­mount. “We were also look­ing for more space.” And the rooms in the Bur­nett Place flat cer­tainly ticked that box as they are all very spacious. But, al­though they loved many of their new home’s orig­i­nal fea­tures, the decor was more than a lit­tle dated for their tastes. “The dec­o­ra­tion was very 1970s with a huge range of dif­fer­ent wall­pa­pers and a bur­gundy bath suite.” And when they started dec­o­rat­ing they re­alised it was go­ing to be tougher than they thought as they en­coun­tered lay­ers and lay­ers of old wall­pa­per. “That was re­ally tough and took a long time, es­pe­cially as some of the lay­ers had var­nish.” How­ever, when Ruth found out she was preg­nant they were en­cour­aged to get the place fin­ished. The cou­ple re­did the en-suite and Ruth’s dad, Martin Knowles, re-tiled it. They com­pletely ren­o­vated the kitchen and Lewis’ dad, pain­ter and dec­o­ra­tor Ian Cowie, painted and

From left, the spacious mas­ter bed­room has large bay win­dow and tra­di­tional cup­boards in the al­coves, the other bed­room would be ideal for a child, and the gran­ite ex­te­rior.


ON THE MOVE: Ruth and Lewis with Martha.

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