Cou­ple’s ver­sa­tile gar­den room has come in very handy.

Cou­ple built a ver­sa­tile space in their gar­den

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

WHEN Ernest and Jan­ice Pater­son de­cided to build a gar­den room at their home in Old­mel­drum, they had no idea just how ver­sa­tile a space it would be­come. Ernest, 60, who is man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of kitchen de­sign firm Pater­son of Old­mel­drum, trained as a sur­veyor and has a huge pas­sion for ar­chi­tec­ture. So Ernest asked ar­chi­tect Bill Cowie to cre­ate some­thing spe­cial for their gar­den. “My hus­band wanted a room that was at­trac­tive and dif­fer­ent, that also fit­ted in with the nat­u­ral sur­round­ings,” said Jan­ice, 64, a re­tired head teacher of In­sch Pri­mary School. “We’ve used the lovely room for a va­ri­ety of pur­poses in­clud­ing in­door bar­be­cues when it’s been rain­ing. “My hus­band uses it as a wood­work work­shop. “I also got a lit­tle part of it for a gar­den shed.” The cou­ple bought the ground to build their third home 17 years ago. They wanted a flex­i­ble, spacious, prop­erty with a lovely large gar­den for Jan­ice, who’s a keen gar­dener. And while designing the prop­erty, they added the best of fit­tings and a wide range of built-in fur­ni­ture. And five years ago, they took the lux­ury a step fur­ther by turn­ing the room above the garage into a fit­ness room. Ernest and Jan­ice, who have now put the house on the mar­ket, in­stalled a range of fit­ness equip­ment and a sauna, which is for sale sep­a­rately from the prop­erty. “We use that room to try to keep our­selves in shape and it’s lovely hav­ing a sauna, es­pe­cially when you have a cold,” said Jan­ice. While this was the third house she and Ernest had built, Jan­ice had thought it would be the last. How­ever, they’ve de­cided to build a fi­nal prop­erty to re­tire to. Jan­ice said: “My hus­band likes a pro­ject, but the next one is go­ing to be the last. “It’s a sim­i­lar house with a big­ger con­ser­va­tory, the work­shop above the garage and a smaller gar­den. “I don’t think we’ll have an­other gar­den room but this one will be lovely for the next owner to get the best of.” The four-bed­room de­tached dwelling house is avail­able for of­fers over £330,000. To view 4 Wes­tend Gar­dens, Old­mel­drum, con­tact AC Mor­ri­son and Richards on (01224) 573321.

DE­LIGHT: Jan­ice Pater­son en­joy­ing her lovely gar­den. STRIK­ING: The gar­den room has been used for a va­ri­ety of things. EX­TRA TOUCH: The cou­ple cre­ated a fit­ness room above the garage.

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