Monday, October 19, 2009

Making ourselves at home...

Finally, the long awaited post about our new home in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Our new apartment is technically not a flat; it is a semi-detached house duplex -- semi-detached because it is connected to another house on only one side; house because we have our own entrance; duplex because the ground floor is rented separately. We are up on the second floor.

Today, I'll be giving you a tour of the inside of our fully furnished house. The house was built more than 100 years ago, but has been fully updated. The front door is on the ground floor. When you first enter, you encounter the steep, tall staircase that leads you up to our apartment.

The first door you encounter, starting on the left, is the kid's bedroom.
This room overlooks the back garden (they call all yards a "garden").

Joshua had no trouble transitioning to sleeping in a normal size bed. I was nervous because their beds are much higher off the ground. He fell out of bed a few times while we were staying at a bed & breakfast, but has not had any incidents since we moved in here.

Abigail is sleeping in a borrowed pack & play. She is ready to be in her own bed, but we have not located a good deal on a crib or toddler bed yet.

In addition to the beds, they have a dresser and a desk in their room, though we are looking to move the desk to another room.

The next room is the long, skinny bathroom.

It has taken a little time to become accustomed to the bathtub / shower being exposed on three sides.

The last door on the left leads to the eat-in kitchen (meaning that the dining table is in the kitchen, instead of a separate dining room).

This is a beautifully done kitchen. I was amazed to find a kitchen this nice in a rental. The refrigerator / freezer is in the cupboard doors on the far right. The dishwasher is also hidden behind a cupboard-looking door.

Here is our dining table, though two of the chairs were being used in the living room when I took these pictures.

Just off the kitchen is a long hallway with a utility sink and plenty of storage.
The closet at the end houses the washing machine and water heater.

Across the hall from the kitchen is the living room.

This room has a beautiful bay window. The pictures may not show it very well, but we have very high ceilings, making the rooms feel larger.

It has two nice, leather couches (one is a hide-a-bed, for visitors), a sturdy coffee table and a beautiful fire place. We are already talking about romantic fires on cold winter nights.

Next we come to the master bedroom.

I love the big window in this room. It looks a little crowded from the doorway, but there is plenty of room for us.

There is a three-door wardrobe that we share with the kids. We moved the bookshelf from the kids room -- Darren needed shelf space more than the rest of us.

Lastly, there is a little door next to our room, across from the kids room. It looks like a closet, then you open it to find a steep staircase leading to the loft.

Technically because of some housing code, they have to list this as storage space, but there is more than enough room for a bed and all our storage stuff.

This concludes the tour of our flat. We have made ourselves at home and thoroughly enjoy our new place. The kids still need some storage units for their toys and books. And I really need to figure out how to organize our limited cupboards and drawers. But this place is wonderful and was definitely a God-thing.

And there is great space for anyone who wants to visit! Come see it for yourself!


  1. Looks like you guys found yourself a wonderful home in Scotland! Since we're practically neighbors now, I'll have to come visit sometime. ;)

  2. It is beautiful! I love the kitchen and living room.
    We miss you so much! Know you are thought of often from across the ocean!


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