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Neale and Ashley show us inside their beautiful Cove home

Neale and Ashley Burns have put their own stamp on their superb new build home in Cove.

Neale and Ashley Burns' beautiful new build home in Cove, Aberdeen.
Neale and Ashley Burns have put their own stamp on their beautiful new build in Cove. Image: Andersonbain

When Neale Burns and his wife Ashley bought their beautiful new build home in Cove, they couldn’t wait to put their own stamp on it.

From warm and dark interiors and vibrant pops of colour to traditional furniture and panelling, the couple, who have a one-year-old son Noah, have worked hard to create their dream home.

Here, Neale shares their fascinating DIY journey.

18 Wellington Grove, Cove

Who: Project manager Neale Burns, 36, his wife Ashley, 30, a retail store manager and their one-year-old son Noah.

What: A modern, new build, mid terrace home with three bedrooms, two bathrooms as well as a kitchen dining, living room and utility room.

Where: In a quiet residential area looking out on to green space in Charleston, Cove.

Neale Burns with his wife Ashley and son Noah. Image: Neale Burns

As told to Rosemary Lowne  

“We previously stayed in a flat in Aberdeen City centre but we were looking for more space and our own garden area.

When we saw this home, we loved the spacious kitchen/dining area and the high ceilings in the living room which is uncommon for new builds.

We also loved the view from the house as in the spring/summer it overlooks a beautiful area of greenery and in the autumn/winter you can see the loch while sitting relaxing in the living room.

The living room in the Cove home in aberdeen has a dark blue walls, two brown leather sofas, a bright yellow armchair, a bookcase, a wall-mounted tv and a blue unit
Dark tones work wonderfully with pops of vibrant colour in this stylish living room. Image: Andersonbain
Another view of the living room, there is a lamp in two corners of the room, a rug and three canvases on the wall
The Chesterfield sofa adds a traditional touch to this contemporary room. Image: Andersonbain

So we purchased the property and moved in November 2018.

We began furnishing our home from the beginning but we didn’t start making larger changes until lockdown 2020.

Some of the work we’ve done includes panelling the bedroom, guest bedroom/office and the living room feature/TV wall.

We also changed the colour scheme of both bedrooms and bathrooms a few times before we got to where we are happy with now.

The kitchen in the Cove new build home in Aberdeen. It has light grey cupboards, beige countertops and a black dining table and chairs set
The neutral kitchen is sleek and stylish. Image: Andersonbain
The hallway has duck-egg blue walls, a blue console table with fresh flowers on it and a set of three wall-mounted hexagonal shelves
The neutral hallway is fresh, crisp and clean. Image: Andersonbain

Tiling our kitchen and utility splash backs took a little while, but we had help from Ashley’s dad.

In terms of interiors, we wanted to have dark but warm tones in our living room and we stuck with the traditional style when choosing our seating. So we’ve got a Chesterfield sofa and have added pops of colour with the rug and yellow chair.

We kept a neutral base throughout our home with some feature colour here and there.

When it came to decorating, we shopped around for paint and wood which entailed a few trips to B&Q.

A bedroom in the cove home in Aberdeen with a light green feature wall with square panels, two hanging wall lights on either side of a double bed and a shelf above the bedframe
Light green tones add a fresh feel to this beautiful bedroom. Image: Andersonbain

A sofa next to a built in wardrobe with mirrored sliding dorrs and a chest of drawers. There are three yellow patterned canvases above the sofa with two hanging wall lights on either side

We particularly like how our living room has turned out with the panelling and Valspar ‘Blue Fringe’ colour.

Our biggest challenge was choosing how we wanted to make a room for our new son.

We waited until he was born before choosing how we were going to update his room.

So we installed some panelling, redecorated and chose some new furniture to suit the space all while adjusting to being new parents.

If we were not moving away from Aberdeen the next projects we had planned for our home were to update our kitchen storage with a walk-in pantry and install a shower room in the spacious downstairs wc.

The nursery which has an armchair, crib, chest of drawers and framed prints of animals on the wall
Little Noah’s room has adorable features. Image: Andersonbain
The bathroom with beige walls, macramé framed mirrors on the wall and hanging wooden shelves
The beige bathroom is beautiful. Image: Andersonbain

We love how we have put our own stamp on our first family home.

For us, we’ve loved the traditional style large windows, high ceilings and spacious downstairs living areas.

We have also enjoyed the fact that the home is in a quiet area of Charleston in Cove which is great for both of us either reaching the city centre or commuting out with the City for work.

My advice for anyone else undertaking DIY would be that if you have an idea to do something to your home you should go for it.

We found that if we didn’t like how something turned out, we started over.”

The garden of the home
The back garden is also immaculate. Image: Andersonbain
The back garden has a small shed and a set of metal garden furniture
The garden is the perfect place to relax. Image: Andersonbain

18 Wellington Grove, Cove, Aberdeen, is on the market for offers over £220,000.

For more details, check out the website