A north-east homeowner is in the running to win the title of Scotland’s Home of the Year after securing a place in the final this week.
Scott Leiper and his family appeared in this week’s episode of the BBC Scotland show and was named the finalist in the north-east of Scotland category.
Fighting off competition from two other homeowners in the region, Scott said he was delighted with the news and was excited for the final which is to air in the coming weeks.
His property will now go on to face a range of others across the country to try ti win the title of Scotland’s Home of the Year.
Located in Stonehaven, the seven-bedroom property, named The Gables, is an Edwardian villa with a modern interior.
Westholme Interiors owners Nikki and Mark Brown’s West End glamorous granite villa also featured in the show, as did Hazel Markou’s self-built modern country home in rural Aberdeenshire property.
Scott, who appeared on the show alongside his wife Anne, daughter Isla and son Harris, and exchange student Josh Koewl from Calgary in Canada who was living with the family at the time of filming, are not strangers to having their home featured in the press.
Scott said: “We’ve been featured in a few magazines before for our architect. Our involvement was my wife Anne and I doing a half an hour video interview and standing and posting for a few shots. We had to leave the house for the rest of the day ahead of the judges coming in – we never got to meet them until the final.
“It’s one of those things, we filmed in in August or September last year so it’s been a long time coming. We never saw any of the footage beforehand so it was interesting to see it. It was less nerve-wracking than I thought.
But it was the families Victorian badger in the study which was a hot topic of conversation for judges architect Michael Angus, interior designer Anna Campbell-Jones and lifestyle blogger Kate Spiers.
“I’m trying to get the hashtag #badgerenvy trending off the back of the judges uncovering the badger in the study in the episode. It’s a Victorian badger and I’d bought it in auction a few years ago. It seemed to be a big topic of conversation with the judges.
“We were out for about seven hours when they were in. We had a Canadian exchange student Josh from Calgary living with us so he featured in it alongside my son Harris and daughter Isla so he got in on the action, too. We really focused on the ground floor rather than the other two floors.”
“I know the outcome but I don’t want to give too much away until then. The final took place in Glasgow and we’re looking forward to watching it.”
The judges were impressed with all of the homes, but it was the beautiful period features sitting alongside a stunning contemporary extension that stole the win for The Gables.
Aberdeen Instagram influencer Nikki Brown’s show home style property indicated to the judges that every piece of furniture and accessory was carefully chosen to give each room a different vibe, and Hazel Markou’s home built on an old stone bothy with huge sliding doors, oversized windows and carefully-placed skylights impressed judges with its incredible views.
Nikki said: “We really enjoyed getting involved in the show. Although it was nerve wracking, it was definitely good exposure for our home and our new business.
“I loved seen the house on the TV. I obviously share a lot of it on our Instagram feed but you really got a feel for the whole house and it’s flow which I really enjoyed.
“I guess the real highlight was receiving all the amazing messages. Not just from family and friends, but people we don’t even know. It’s nerve wracking putting yourself and your home out there for the world to see when you have put so much time and effort into it, especially on national TV, but when your own family and friends say they are really proud of you, it makes it all worth while.”
The winner will be announced during the hour-long final will 8pm on Wednesday May 29.
Scotland’s Home of the Year is an IWC Media production for BBC Scotland.
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