Faced with a huge renovation, and with a baby on the way, Leanne and Calum created a cosy cottage home with modern touches
Leannehappiest and Calum love the lifestyle in Aberdeen, once described as the
place in Scotland. Having outgrown their three-bed semi, they were looking for a fresh challenge and a new home nearby offering plenty of character. When they spotted a run-down 100-year-old cottage on the outskirts of Dyce four years ago, they didn’t hesitate to take it.
The couple had moved in with Leanne’s parents while work went ahead on the house. Aided by an architect friend of Calum’s, they reconfigured the layout and added a single-storey extension that encompassed the full height of the cottage.
Now, the family has a country-style cottage inspired by the ski chalets Leanne and Calum lived in when they worked as chalet hosts in France. The house is filled with small luxuries, like a dressing room and huge family bathroom. Here, the couple talk build details, squabbles and the moments that stuck with them most.