Turriff is a small town of around 5000 people located in the heart of Aberdeenshire. Known locally as Turra which is thought to be Gaelic and / or Doric for hill or tower.
The town has retained its original character, with many of the buildings on the main shopping streets being made predominately of local red sandstone with a number of them carrying listed status.
Both in the past and to date, the main employment sector in the area is that of agriculture, along with local shops and tourism.
And as with every area, finding the perfect home is definitely one of life’s biggest challenges – no matter the period of the building. Whether it’s more bedrooms, a bigger kitchen, a sprawling garden or location, location, location – it’s like striking gold when you find that perfect property that ticks all the boxes.
The Hardie family felt that it was too good to be true when they found their picture perfect cottage in Aberdeenshire – and at first it was.
“We knew that the cottage had the potential to be everything we wanted in a family home,” said Mrs Hardie. “It needed a new kitchen and a bit of cosmetic work… but most of all it was in desperate need of new windows.”
The cottage still had its 100 year old original timber windows and to say they were rotting would be an understatement.
“The house was freezing,” Mrs Hardie reminisced. “We have two small children so we knew we had to call CR Smith and get it sorted.”
Now the Hardies’ pretty cottage is toasty warm with beautiful Lorimer casement windows, complete with astragals to make sure it retains its period charm. We also rebuilt the existing porch with Lorimer windows and a Lorimer single door.