coun­try chic

Faced with a huge ren­o­va­tion, and with a baby on the way, Leanne and Calum cre­ated a cosy cot­tage home with mod­ern touches

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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.

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