THIS is Harley the conventional technique to park your bike – as a petrolhead couple drive them straight by means of the entrance door into their eating room driveway.
Mark Paterson and his associate Carol Ann will characteristic on the third collection of common BBC collection Scotland’s Dwelling of the 12 months subsequent week because the judges – inside designer Anna Campbell Jones, architect Michael Angus and blogger Kate Spiers – search for the nation’s most original properties.
And it does not get extra quirky than this formidable abode in Fortress Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway, which is positioned on the location of an previous grain retailer known as Spottes Mill.
The house – which took seven years to complete after issues with planning permission – permits the pair to park their motorbikes inside they usually also have a working Harley Davidson sitting below the steps only for present.
Mark, 38, says: “You may actually drive straight in.
“They weren’t put in for present or something like that, that is the place they stay.
“I did not have that in thoughts in any other case I would have made the door barely wider than it’s but it surely works nicely for that.
“There’s a couple of scratches on it to be truthful!”
Mark, who runs a quad bike enterprise in close by Dalbeattie, provides: “I journey the Harley Davidson as nicely.
“It is simply put away for winter below the steps and it appears to be like good.
“It appears to be like like a chunk of artwork I believe and matches the decor.
“However I do use it throughout the summer season.
“We did not design the home round that as an idea in any respect actually, it simply works
“It is simply plenty of enjoyable and it is handy as a result of I haven’t got wherever else to park them securely on the home.
“Extra individuals than you realise will hold their bikes of their home however I’ve simply been fortunate that my home is open plan and you may make a characteristic out of it slightly than it simply being handy.”
When designing the home, Mark and enterprise advisor Carol Ann wished to place their very own persona into their house.
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In addition to making their beloved motorbikes a centrepiece, they’ve additionally added different distinctive options such an enormous murals, black partitions and a kitchen that might simply be mistaken for a nightclub bar.
After coming into their home into an area competitors in Dumfries and Galloway, they have been impressed to use for the collection after watching it final yr.
Though it may not be everybody’s cup of tea, Mark hopes their house will get individuals speaking.
He says: “I realise it is to not everyone’s style however hopefully everyone can recognize there’s been some fairly good design in it from the architects.
“It has been nicely designed and pretty nicely executed in construct high quality so I hope it’s going to come throughout nicely.”
Wonderful houses in Biggar and Peebles may even characteristic within the first episode of the third collection subsequent week.
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Afterwards the judges will travel the length and breadth of Scotland – as far as Shetland and Stromness – over the course of the 10-part series.
Judge Anna Campbell Jones says: “From an interior design perspective what I’m looking for in a home is heart, soul and originality.”
Scotland’s Home of the Year, April 7, BBC Scotland, 8pm
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