After a busy working life in far-flung locations, David Grant wanted somewhere quiet where he could put his feet up and enjoy his retirement.
From his base in the Phillipines, he scoured the central belt for the perfect house, hoping to be closer to family in the north of Scotland.
After considering dozens of homes, David finally settled on this property in Standburn’s Main Street where he knew his seven-year-old daughter Stacey could get the kind of life he had as a child.
But when wife Susan saw the new accommodation, it was clear to David that a lot had to change.
The couple set about completely revamping this building, which was once a combined village shop and cottage.
It has been transformed from a one-storey semi-commercial building into a two-storey, four-bedroom modern home which ticks all the boxes for style and practicality.
The extensive makeover is even more impressive considering the Grants only bought the property in the summer of 2012.
Mr Grant said: “When I saw the house, I knew that it was a place I could do something with.
“When the wife saw it, she wasn’t too happy.
“We just took it back to a shell and completely revamped it.
“We added the front porch and the utility room, and added a staircase.
“Upstairs is a fitted master bedroom, with walk-in wardrobe and en suite.
“There’s also an open study area which separates the two-bedrooms upstairs.
“Downstairs is the open-plan kitchen, living and dining area, and this is a massive space where we spend most of our time, and there’s two further bedrooms downstairs.
“It’s totally changed now.
“A man who regularly passes through the village remembers what this house used to be like, and now he doesn’t recognise it.”
This renovation has involved removing the hallway to make way for the open concept living, and now there’s a separate dining room with glass walls looking into the lounge.
The staircase is made of oak and set off with glass panels, giving this whole house a light-reflecting quality.
Mr Grant added: “It’s a nice home, modern and homely.”
But it seems that the call of the east is just too strong for this family as they are now planning on heading back to the Phillipines where their fully-refurbished home awaits them.
David added: “We set out to create something beautiful, and I think we have.”
Ardnachaig, Main Street, Standburn, is for sale with Express Estate Agency, 0161 209 3161, for a guide price of £335,000.