Crafty Louise Pirie trans­formed her fan­tas­tic flat.

Ace re­storer moves from one pro­ject to an­other

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

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.

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