Crafty Louise Pirie transformed her fantastic flat.
Ace restorer moves from one project to another
LOUISE Pirie thinks that restoring the worn and tatty and making them new again must be in her blood. Be it sofa coverings or a whole room, for as long as Louise can remember she was always helping transform homes. So when she was able to get her own place around 25 years ago, Louise searched for a property that needed an extra special caring touch. “I wanted a character property that was old and that I could do work on,” said the 53-year-old accountant. “There was so much to do in 166 Broomhill Road, it had the period features and the location was great.” At the time her son, David Pirie, was nine and so the
“A passion for restoring”
spacious flat was perfect for the pair. The first job she did when she moved in was to handstrip the wood throughout. “I removed carpets and sanded and stained the original flooring, and I removed a lot of layers of paint from wood throughout the flat. I hand-stripped almost every piece in the flat and it took months.” “While it was hard work it gave me a real sense of achievement.” In fact there was hardly a job in the flat that Louise didn’t turn her hand to. She has pointed walls in her garden, she has decorated several times and she has even plastered her bathroom. The only thing that craft-lover Louise didn’t try was the plumbing for the kitchen and the wet room. Most people hadn’t heard of wet rooms when Louise had hers installed around 12 years ago. Although she liked the design, she still wanted a bath in her house. And so she decided to put it in her bedroom.
“I went for a roll-top bath as I thought it would fit best with the room,” she said. Louise has used her own passion for restoring to keep her home fresh – often re-covering couches and re-making curtains. While she’s had three or four different looks throughout the property over the years, her latest look is simple. She said: “I like the rustic and earthy look because it’s easy to maintain and it feels peaceful.” And she’s extended the simple theme to her garden. “I’ve made it low maintenance. However there is a pond in the front garden which I put in two or three years ago,” she added. While Louise has loved continually renovating her first home, she bought a property with her partner, 58-year-old Burning Embers shop owner Jim Bruce, October and it’s now her life. “Whenever I’m not working, I’m at the new property morning, noon and night doing it up,” she said. “It was dilapidated so there’s a long way to go but every detail of the work excites me.”
MOVING ON: Louise Pirie has started a new project.
RESTORED: The living room. Top left, the exterior of 166 Broomhill Road, and right, the wet room.
NICE WORK: The spacious bedroom with its roll-top bath, below, the kitchen/dining area and right, the back garden in the Broomhill flat.