APART­MENT LIV­ING

Pair had to make up minds on spot

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

Flat buy de­ci­sion was made in min­utes.

“Clos­ing date in two hours”

MOST peo­ple have days or weeks to de­cide on whether to buy a prop­erty. So it came as a shock to Gor­don Mor­ri­son and Gil­lian Bow­man to learn they had just mo­ments to make up their minds when they went to view 80 Blen­heim Place. When the pair ar­rived at the West End apart­ment, the owner told them it was go­ing to a clos­ing date in two hours. “We were in­cred­i­bly lucky to get this apart­ment when we did,” said 55-year-old Gor­don, of Marycul­ter. The for­mer elec­tri­cian said: “Gil­lian and I al­ways know be­fore we’re on the gar­den path if the prop­erty is right for us and this one was no dif­fer­ent.” And, set­ting their hearts on own­ing the three-bed­room home, the cou­ple rushed to their car to phone in an of­fer. An anx­ious hour later they were told their bid had been suc­cess­ful. Gor­don and Gil­lian, a 46-year-old hair­dress­ing stu­dio owner, were liv­ing in River­side Ter­race six years ago with their sons, twins Con­nor and Ryan, now 20, and Danny, now 16. Gor­don said: “We had spent three years trans­form­ing the home on River­side Ter­race and we'd both got a taste for ren­o­va­tion. That’s what led us to this new chal­lenge.” The cou­ple, who have been to­gether for 25 years, spot­ted the po­ten­tial of the pe­riod flat and loved that there was a lot of work to be done. As the pre­vi­ous owner was an older woman, the decor was ex­tremely dated. “When we went to view it, I strug­gled to find a kitchen and then re­alised that it was sim­ply a two-ring stove with a grill un­der­neath that looked like it could be used for camp­ing. “The decor looked like a time warp with no cen­tral heat­ing and old car­pets and linoleum,“ said Gor­don. How­ever, it quickly be­came clear that there was a more se­ri­ous prob­lem to ad­dress. Gor­don said: “ The whole fam­ily was staying in a ho­tel

as I planned to put in cen­tral heat­ing and then move in. “How­ever we found out one of the main wa­ter pipes was burst. The plumber sug­gested we get the main pipe fixed, the cen­tral heat­ing, the bath­room and the kitchen done in one go. “We ended up spend­ing an ex­pen­sive month in the ho­tel.” And it took them an­other year get­ting the prop­erty to look the way they wanted and feel like home – in pe­riod style, with a bold, mod­ern twist. Gor­don said: “Gil­lian’s got a real artis­tic flair and she’s added some fan­tas­tic de­tails.” The gar­den was also in need

“It looked like a time warp”

of a lot of hard work and it took two lorry loads to get rid of all the weeds, growth and de­bris. “Be­cause it’s com­pletely shel­tered we’ve now got a lovely decked area,” Gor­don said. With one of the boys al­ready flown the nest and an­other set to do so, the cou­ple have de­cided it’s time to down­size. “We don’t need all the space any more so we’re on the look-out for an­other prop­erty. We’re not re­ally sure where, though.”

ON MOVE: Gor­don Mor­ri­son and Gil­lian Bow­man.

CHIC: The stylish mod­ern lounge at 80 Blen­heim Place, in Aberdeen’s West End.

SPACE: The sleek mod­ern kitchen is fit­ted with a good range of units, while the dou­ble bed­room is roomy, and the rear of the prop­erty has a decked area.

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