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Cou­ple trans­formed dated flat

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

IT WAS as though they had en­tered a time warp when Morag and Joe Heaney first stepped into 609 Hol­burn Street. Morag said: “The old lady who owned it be­fore had left the prop­erty stuck in the 1950s. “It was pat­terns ev­ery­where and just so dated. Luck­ily, we could see the po­ten­tial un­der­neath.” And al­though the cou­ple had no real DIY ex­pe­ri­ence, they had a clear idea of what they wanted for the flat, just a short walk from the heart of Aberdeen. And they got straight to work af­ter seal­ing the deal. Morag, 54, said: “The old owner had what we have as our util­ity room for her kitchen and she had a small lounge. “I’d al­ways wanted a large lounge so we knocked down one of the walls to ex­pand. “We also de­cided to go for a much more spacious kitchen and used the sec­ond sitting room for that,” she added. “We got a new cen­tral heat­ing sys­tem, put in a new bath­room, and put in dou­ble glaz­ing – it took a lot of mod­erni­sa­tion.” Af­ter tak­ing sev­eral in­te­rior de­sign cour­ses, Morag, who is now re­tired from her job at Rose­mount Gallery, is con­stantly think­ing of ways to transform rooms. And as hus­band Joe is colour­blind, ar­gu­ing over a paint scheme is never an is­sue. “I love in­te­rior de­sign and Joe has al­ways left it to me be­cause his world is brown and green,” she said. She’s had sev­eral dif­fer­ent colours on the apart­ment’s walls over the years but is par­tic­u­larly happy with its lat­est look. Morag said: “I’ve gone for a warm, earthy lounge which is both com­fort­able and stylish. “I’ve opted for a very mod­ern kitchen with white high-gloss units which are sur­pris­ingly easy to keep clean. “I de­cided on a blue colour in there as my last kitchen was like a coun­try cot­tage and I wanted some­thing more con­tem­po­rary.” And the mas­ter bed­room cer­tainly has a con­tem­po­rary colour scheme with sump­tu­ous pur­ple touches. “We’ve also col­lected lots of lit­tle things over the years and I think it’s those lit­tle touches that make our prop­erty dif­fer­ent,” Morag added. But she con­fessed she took a lit­tle per­sua­sion at first over the lo­ca­tion of their Hol­burn Street flat, fear­ing the road would be too busy. How­ever, Morag said: “I'm glad Joe man­aged to change my mind as it’s been a won­der­ful home.” While it may be on a main road, the cou­ple are hardly both­ered by noise and its lo­ca­tion couldn’t be hand­ier. They also have a large back gar­den, which was a sur­prise. Morag said: “From the front you'd never know there’s such a spacious gar­den at the back – it’s like a se­cret gar­den.” The cou­ple are now think­ing ahead to re­tire­ment and are on the look-out for a ground-floor flat.

The self-con­tained up­per flat at 609 Hol­burn Street, Aberdeen, has a well-equipped kitchen, cen­tre, and lovely con­tem­po­rary, bright and airy mas­ter bed­room, right.

MOD­ERN: The taste­fully -dec­o­rated lounge is a spacious room.

RE­VAMP: Morag and Joe Heaney had to mod­ernise their lovely city flat.


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