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What started as a modest scheme to remodel a kitchen within a period Edwardian villa didn’t quite end up that way for Scott Leiper. “One thing led to another and the project became a large-scale undertaking,” he says. This is no understatement: what eventually materialised was not only an impressive two-storey contemporary extension to the property in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, but the transformation of the existing house, too. The renovation included repurposing some rooms and opening up the top floor to create a new living area, as well as rewiring, replumbing and redecorating.

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