92 PAS­TURES NEW Prop­erty de­vel­op­ers the Trem­mels find a new home in the New Town

When down­siz­ing to a prop­erty in Stock­bridge, Ron and Ka­t­rina Trem­mel rel­ished the chal­lenge of mar­ry­ing the old with the new, says Ni­chola Hunter

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As own­ers of Trem­mel Prop­er­ties, Ron and Ka­t­rina Trem­mel have spent most of their ca­reers ren­o­vat­ing pe­riod prop­er­ties in Ed­in­burgh. How­ever, when the time came to down­size their own abode, the cou­ple still couldn’t re­sist a project. A town­house in Stock­bridge ticked all the boxes and in­deed St Bernard’s Cres­cent was some­where the cou­ple had lived pre­vi­ously. ‘We’ve lived in the Cres­cent be­fore and Ron didn’t ac­tu­ally want to move to Ann Street which was our next home,’ Ka­t­rina re­calls. ‘He prefers the ar­chi­tec­ture here and thinks it feels more spa­cious ex­ter­nally, so he’s glad we’ve come back.’

The cou­ple bought the three-storey town­house six years ago and have been grad­u­ally mak­ing their mark on it. ‘We wanted to stay in the area but in a smaller prop­erty. Although this is a town­house, the base­ment has never be­longed to the main house so it’s a man­age­able size for us.’

On the ground floor is a sit­ting room, kitchen, util­ity room and WC. The mid­dle storey ac­com­mo­dates a bath­room, draw­ing room and bed­room and on the top floor, there’s a bath­room, study and master bed­room suite.

‘We haven’t al­tered the orig­i­nal lay­out much, it was more a case of al­ter­ing the way the house is used. Tra­di­tion­ally, the sit­ting room would have been the for­mal din­ing room, but we’ve com­bined the two as the room is spa­cious enough to ac­com­mo­date a din­ing ta­ble and a seat­ing area and we have the draw­ing room up­stairs as well. We’re used to hav­ing our kitchen in the base­ment and the din­ing room on the first floor, so this is rather nice, hav­ing it all on one level. On the top floor the two at­tic bed­rooms had al­ready been made into one large room and we’ve made that into a master bed­room suite.’

The kitchen and ad­join­ing cor­ri­dor also re­quired a re­think but that took a bit of time. ‘When we first moved in, we stripped the floors and put the bath­room in un­der the stairs. Af­ter that we stalled for a while as I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do with the kitchen and I wanted to live in it for a bit. The ini­tial plan was to knock the kitchen and laun­dry into one but then I thought “I don’t re­ally want to live with my laun­dry,” although it would have made the kitchen much big­ger. In the end we cre­ated a sep­a­rate laun­dry room off the kitchen cor­ri­dor and en­larged the door­way into the kitchen.’

Ka­t­rina is quite the ex­pert at de­sign­ing kitchens and her ex­per­tise comes not just from all her years work­ing at Trem­mel Prop­er­ties. ‘I used to have a restau­rant and I did

Ron prefers the ar­chi­tec­ture here and thinks it feels more spa­cious

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