06 Aug 2014

Evening Express Dream Home Feature: "Steading makes a Splash"

Evening Express Dream Home Feature: "Steading makes a Splash"

Aberdein Considine property Mill Of Folla, Rothienorman, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire features in an Evening Express Editorial 

Aberdein Considine property Mill Of Folla, Rothienorman features in an Evening Express Editorial 

THE McKinnon family have ensured their converted steading makes a splash.

And Mill of Folla in Rothienorman certainly offers something a little bit different – a swimming pool. 

“The swimming pool is heated by air source and the solar panels on the roof help to subsidise the cost,” dad Rodney said. “It takes the burden of the extra running costs away, and having a pool is fantastic.”

The McKinnons have made the most of the unique living space since 2007 when they moved in. 

Rodney, 45, a freelance energy assessor, his wife Suzanne, 43, and their three children, Michael, 20, Rory, 16, and six-year-old Liam have seen the property transformed from a steading into a modern and stylish living space.

“The steading itself was a conversion then we had a swimming pool built alongside, originally as a separate building,” Rodney said. “We eventually got the two buildings connected to make one large property, which is quite an impressive space.”

The village of Rothienorman was the initial draw for the family and after a complete facelift, which took several months, the family was able to move in to the home of their dreams.

“We love the country and the fact that we are within walking distance of the village as well is a great advantage,” Rodney said. “You’re not remote, yet you feel as if you’re on your own because it’s really peaceful, and the opportunity to make the property our own was a real draw.” 

With five bedrooms, lounge, dining kitchen, games room and a swimming pool on offer, the family is never short of space.

“My favourite room is probably the games room with the large window and the view, it’s a haven to go to switch off and relax,” Rodney said. “The swimming pool as well is a major luxury, it’s a great space, we’re not short of places to go and spend our time together or separately.”

With solar panels and under-floor heating on all the floors, the home remains cosy and welcoming even in the chilly winter months. 

Decorated throughout in a neutral colour scheme the property has a welcoming atmosphere in every room.

“We wanted to keep everything natural and decorate with furniture,” said Rodney. “The walls are white or light colours and the wooden flooring makes it inviting and creates a nice atmosphere to live in.”

With such a large property on offer the family never struggles with storage.

“One wing of the steading has a floored loft that has space for storage or conversion if you wanted,” said Rodney.

“All the bedrooms have built-in storage and the halls have cupboards as well so there’s plenty of storage available throughout the house.”

Looking to move on to another project, the family will miss the home they have lived in for the past seven years.

“This is the longest we’ve ever stayed in a property, I’m looking forward to taking on a new project,” Rodney said.

“We will miss the location and also the of the house, there’s so much space. That’s something we can aim for with our next home when we move on.”

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