It’s all done. Bring on our next pro­ject

Cou­ple just can’t sit back and en­joy fruits of their labours

Evening Express (City Final) - Home Life - - DREAM HOMES - By Lau­rna Robert­son

SHARON and Robert Clark are well aware that their friends think they are crazy. While most peo­ple would sit back and en­joy be­ing in a house that they’d spent three years ren­o­vat­ing, the Clarks are des­per­ate for a new chal­lenge af­ter mak­ing Cedar Brae a dream place to live. “We bought the prop­erty in 2007 af­ter we fell in love with its po­ten­tial and pri­vacy,” said 40-yearold com­mu­nity mid­wife Sharon. “While other peo­ple have hob­bies ours is ren­o­vat­ing homes. “We’ve spent our free time since we ar­rived mak­ing the prop­erty reach its po­ten­tial.” The cou­ple bought the Old­mel­drum house in 2007 af­ter they fin­ished build­ing their last home in Daviot. Ini­tially they were look­ing for an­other build­ing pro­ject. But when they were un­able to get the land they had their eye on, the cou­ple started look­ing on the prop­erty mar­ket. It was the idyl­lic lo­ca­tion, the scale of the ren­o­va­tion work and the amount of space on of­fer for this fam­ily of five that ap­pealed to Sharon and 42-year-old civil ser­vant Robert. With three boys, Euan, 11, Ross, 7, and Fin­lay, 5, the cou­ple wanted to have bed­rooms for each of their grow­ing loons. How­ever the boys got a bit mixed up about what they could do with the spare rooms. Sharon said: “The boys thought it was great that we were mov­ing into a six-bed­room house as there would be enough rooms for mum and dad.” As soon as the fam­ily put their boxes down, hands-on Sharon and Robert set to work. To make the boys feel set­tled, they trans­formed their bed­rooms first. From look­ing bare and empty, one of the bed­rooms was trans­formed into a foot­ball fa­natic’s par­adise with a sta­dium sticker tak­ing up an en­tire wall. Need­less to say Colony Park FC player Euan was de­lighted. The other two rooms were trans­formed so that the car daft younger sons would have their dream rooms too with Fin­lay even get­ting his own Fer­rari bed. Next they dec­o­rated the play­room down­stairs, fol­lowed by their own bed­room, the lounge and the din­ing room. Al­though the cou­ple had never used wall­pa­pers in pre­vi­ous prop­er­ties, they be­came hooked in this home. “We did one wall and found that it in­stantly added warmth and drama to a room. “Af­ter that we got hooked and have a fea­ture wall in most rooms. “The bold­est is the pur­ple one in the spare room which I love.” Trans­form­ing the kitchen was

the big­gest chal­lenge the house of­fered the Clarks. Sharon said: “Hav­ing no kitchen for a month was a bit of a night­mare with three young boys. How­ever, on the plus side it meant I didn’t have to cook. “We had a cook­ing area on an is­land in our last prop­erty and I re­ally liked that, as I still felt in­cluded when I was cook­ing, in­stead of fac­ing a wall.” The front of the house is sur­rounded by wood­land which gives the fam­ily pri­vacy. The back gar­den is a sun trap and the pa­tio has views over to Ben­nachie. The cou­ple can en­joy a glass of wine while the kids are run­ning free in the spacious gar­den. But while the house is a dream fam­ily home and the Clarks are sad to leave, they are des­per­ate for an­other build­ing pro­ject. “We know that other peo­ple may like to re­lax but we need an­other chal­lenge,” said Sharon.

MOV­ING ON: Sharon Clark with sons Fin­lay, left, Ross and Euan. MAKE OVER: The large kitchen with its white units and cen­tral cook­ing is­land, the

SPACIOUS: The liv­ing room and mas­ter bed­room with bal­cony. Right, the din­ing and fam­ily rooms.

ex­te­rior of ex­ec­u­tive home Cedar Brae, Old­mel­drum, and one of the Clark boys’ bed­rooms com­plete with im­pres­sive foot­ball sta­dium wall.

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