When first-time visitors walk through the front door of Anna McClelland's family home there is one of two reactions, she says.

"You can practically split people down the middle," says the 43-year-old. "They either don't stop talking about it or don't say anything at all."

From the exterior it looks like any other 1960s bungalow in suburban Milngavie but step inside and the property is anything but ordinary.

From the repurposed gym hall flooring to tiles linked to the Turner Prize the couple have created a home bursting with character and filled with a dizzying array of objets d'art.

The Herald: The couple sourced school gym hall flooring for their bungalow renovation The couple sourced school gym hall flooring for their bungalow renovation (Image: BBC/IWC)

The twice extended bungalow, which Anna shares with her partner Harry Kinloch and their daughters Lexi, 11 and nine-year-old Marley is in the running to be named Scotland's Home of the Year.

Judges Anna Campbell Jones, Banjo Beale and Danny Campbell visit three unique properties in the West of Scotland for Monday's second episode of the new series of 'SHOTY'.

Both art school graduates but not working in the creative industries, the couple have used the renovation of 1960s Bungalow as an outlet for their artistic talents.

The Herald: SHOTY judges were impressed by the creativity of the interiors SHOTY judges were impressed by the creativity of the interiors (Image: BBC Scotland)

The home boasts clever decorating techniques and reclaimed materials including school gym hall flooring complete with colourful markers that makes the perfect spot for a pint-pong table.

"It's such a good example of how a recycled material can add so much more," says Anna Campbell Jones, who is also impressed by the way a pattern on one wall extended to the ceiling  "wraps around the room".

"I'm jealous I don't live here," she says later in the episode admiring the geometric patterned ceiling. 

"There is a surprise round every corner," adds Danny, as a happy face on the open toilet lid brings a smile to the judges' faces.

Their renovation has the SHOTY judges enraptured but it wasn't love at first at sight for owner Anna.


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The couple bought the house in 2011 after outgrowing their west-end flat. With plans to start a family and Anna's parents living nearby, Milngavie was the ideal location.

"I went to look at it and thought it was really ugly," says the 43-year-old, who works in admin.

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"I showed the picture to Harry and he said 'that's the ugliest house I've every seen'.

"But it had potential and a front and back garden and an amazing view" she says, "and I'm probably more into gardens than I am into houses."

The house was in good condition but only had four rooms, including one bedroom, so the couple extended it twice including a substantial renovation at the rear of the property.

It now has four bedrooms and the back opens into a bright and airy open-plan living space with veranda that makes the perfect spot for morning coffee.

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"[The renovations] were costly but you get so much love out of your house that you just spend what you can," says Anna, whose husband trained as a graphic designer but now works for apprenticeship provider City and Guilds.

"I don't have a creative job so I just do this as a creative thing. 

"I'm in my head all the time, I just pretend to be normal at work," she adds laughing.

She says it was the distinctive Granby Workshop tiles in the shower room that caught the eye of the show's producers. 

Products designed by the London collective Assemble were sold to the public during the Turner Prize exhibition at Tramway in 2016.

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While the judges comment that it's a fun house for their children to grow up in she says it wasn't decorated with them in mind.

"They like it but kids don't really think about it like that, it's just their home," she says.

"But I hope it teaches them to be fearless about stuff like that. It's just colours and shapes and if something doesn't work out, so what.

"A lot of the wacky stuff comes from me but Harry is really good at knowing if something is not going to work. Neither of us are practical people though, we are hopeless. I can't even put a shelf up.

"There is great light in the house and if you use a lot of colour it just floods the house with colour saturation."

She says the home will probably "never be finished" because she constantly has new ideas that spark her imagination.

"If something occurs to me, I can't help but do it - it's like a compulsion," she says.

"For me, it's important to live in a stimulating environment

"When I come home, it makes me feel that I'm in something much more than a room."

Watch episode two of Scotland's Home of the Year on Monday on BBC One Scotland at 8.30pm.