As a devoted fan of programmes such as ‘Grand Designs’ and ‘Location, Location, Location’, it was only natural that Cheryl would fall in love with this stunning church conversion.
The ground floor maisonette is one of 12 apartments in the former St Modan’s Church and its transformation from house of God to cosy home has certainly been a blessing for Cheryl.
“My friends thought I was crazy when I bought it, because I moved here from a four-bedroomed house, but they came to love it too.
It’s not just the features such as the pillars, cove ceilings and alcoves that were part of the old church that immediately appealed.
“It’s also in such a perfect location for the town centre,” said Cheryl.
“People tend to see these as retirement flats but this is actually a really fantastic sociable home,” she said.
“My friends come here before we go out and, of course, you can walk home. When I got married, we walked home from our reception!”
“I was a Stirling girl until I bought this house and now I love Falkirk – I particularly love the High Street with all its old buildings and closes.“
When Cheryl and son Aidan first moved in seven years ago, she felt it provided security for them.
“The neighbours are great – we look out for each other,” she said. “But at the same time we don’t overlook each other so it feels very private.”
It also provided several challenges she was more than willing to rise to.
“We have had to be quite inventive with how we use the alcoves and get storage,” said Cheryl. “When I moved in it needed a bit of work done to it but now I’ve got it the way I want it.
“I particularly love my bedroom – I call it ‘the womb’ because it gets completely dark and it has such a cosy feel to it.
When Cheryl met and married Robert they made many changes, including upgrading the bathroom and en-suite, renewing the flooring and, recently, putting in new heating.
She also added adding personal touches such as her much-loved blackboard wall, which gives the surprisingly spacious kitchen a very homely feel.
The kitchen, however, is being put to the test as they have no fewer than 10 bikes between them – not to mention the snowboards that hang on the walls.
“I don’t want to move to a modern home, but because of my lifestyle I think we’ll have to. But I’ll take what I’ve learned here about making a cosy home.”
The property at 16 St Modan’s Court, Falkirk, is on the market with Your Move at offers over £159,000