Flat ap­peal was in­stant for cou­ple

Pair made up their minds in mo­ments

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

LYN­D­SAY Aitken knew within mo­ments that the flat she was view­ing was just right for her. As a keen fol­lower of home ren­o­va­tion pro­gramme, she was well aware of the “10-sec­ond feel­ing”. That’s when a new home buyer can tell that a prop­erty is right al­most im­me­di­ately af­ter step­ping in the door. Af­ter fail­ing to be grabbed by other prop­er­ties she and hus­band Alis­tair viewed, she was bowled over by 73 Irvine Place, Aberdeen. “Watch­ing too many home pro­grammes, I knew all about the 10-sec­ond feel­ing and knew that this prop­erty was right,” said 37-year-old PR spe­cial­ist writer Lyn­d­say. “We had been look­ing for some­thing with a bit of char­ac­ter, a bit of space and a bit dif­fer­ent. “I no­ticed in­stantly that there was a lot of space and this prop­erty had unique fea­tures in­clud­ing a stained glass win­dow which ap­pealed.” Lyn­d­say and Alis­tair, a 36-year-old process en­gi­neer, moved into the prop­erty six-and-a-half years ago. They had pre­vi­ously owned in­di­vid­ual flats in the same area but felt the time was right for them to take the next step. Lyn­d­say said: “We re­ally like this area as you can walk into town but it also isn’t on any main travel routes so it’s quiet.” The cou­ple didn’t have too much work to do but wanted to put their own stamp on the place. “It was re­ally nice and it was clear that a lot of work had been put into it. “It was per­fect for mov­ing into and had very sim­ple, plain, neu­tral decor. “We wanted to make it feel like our home.” The cou­ple set to work on mak­ing the place their own, paint­ing rooms and hang­ing fea­ture wall­pa­per. They also laid wooden floor­ing in the ma­jor­ity of the prop­erty and put in a new kitchen. And when it came to putting

SMILES BET­TER: Lyn­d­say Aitken and her three-year-old daugh­ter Thea.

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