‘All our hard work was worth re­sult’

Cou­ple spent year on ma­jor re­vamp

Evening Express (City Final) - Home Life - - FAMILY LIVING - By Donna Ewen

CRE­AT­ING the per­fect home for their fam­ily was a year-long labour of love for Michael and Pamela Parkin. The pe­riod prop­erty on Huntly’s Rich­mond Road was in dire need of some TLC when the cou­ple took it on in 2003. Michael, 32, an en­gi­neer­ing man­ager with Bowtech Prod­ucts, said: “We re­turned to Huntly from liv­ing in Edinburgh. “I knew Rich­mond Road to be one of the nicest streets in Huntly, so when we moved back to the area, it was the first place I looked.” For­tu­nately for Michael and wife Pamela, 33, his dad is a builder, and was able to pitch in and help the cou­ple bring it up to its present, im­mac­u­late con­di­tion. The house makeover in­cluded new dou­ble

“Orig­i­nal fea­tures”

glaz­ing, gas cen­tral heat­ing, new plumb­ing, and they had to re-plas­ter ev­ery wall. “The kitchen had an ex­ten­sion built on at the back – a scullery that was added about 20 years af­ter it was built,” said

Michael. “It was a bit of a war­ren out there, but once we opened it up we were able to ex­tend the kitchen, fit in French doors, be­fore fin­ish­ing off the out­side, with a lit­tle help from my dad’s dig­ger!” Michael and Pamela spent the best part of a year work­ing on their home, which boasts an abun­dance of orig­i­nal Ed­war­dian fea­tures. They even went so far as to get full plan­ning per­mis­sion for a gar­den room to be ac­cessed off the kitchen. But with the ar­rival of their son An­gus, 3, and daugh­ter Evie, eight weeks old, all their plans had to go on hold. “We have loved liv­ing here as it is such a bright and airy place,” said Michael. “It’s been hard work, but it’s ob­vi­ously not been too hard on me, as I am ex­cited about find­ing our next pro­ject.”

ON THE MOVE: Pamela and Michael Parkin with baby Evie and An­gus, 3.

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