Grand scale in par­adise

No ex­pense has been spared for this su­perbly ren­o­vated five-bed­room wa­ter­front man­sion, which brings new mean­ing to ‘Queens­land liv­ing’

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - Property - - FRONT PAGE - WORDS HAN­NAH SBEGHEN

TAKE one look at this Gold Coast man­sion and you’ll be swept off your feet.

With a breath­tak­ing de­sign perched on the wa­ter­front, this jaw-drop­ping palace has just un­der­gone an al­most $2 mil­lion ren­o­va­tion by home­owner Pat Wor­boys.

“We en­gaged an ar­chi­tect be­fore we bought it be­cause we wanted to know if it was pos­si­ble to re­ally bring it back to life with­out ru­in­ing it,” Mrs Wor­boys said. “We knew we were about to build some­thing spe­cial.”

Mrs Wor­boys said she in­ter­viewed a hand­ful of ar­chi­tects and de­sign­ers be­fore choos­ing Michelle Mars­den.

Mrs Wor­boys said she had built houses in the past but this project was her first ren­o­va­tion.

“It was orig­i­nally home to a Eu­ro­pean fam­ily, the rooms were quite pokey and there was a lot of gold and peach,” she said.

“The tricky part was keep­ing the in­tegrity of the house but in­cor­po­rat­ing our own style into it. I wanted to give it a Queens­land life­style, which to me meant a big fo­cus on out­door liv­ing.

“We ripped out the pool which was in the front yard and put a new one in out the back to face the wa­ter.

“We wanted the space for a big front lawn for the kids to run around and en­joy.”

The mother-of-three said the key to “Queens­land liv­ing” was lots of windows and a seam­less in­door-out­door style.

“To keep the clas­sic style we added more french doors,” she said.

“Our fam­ily has trav­elled a lot, we have been into a lot of amaz­ing houses around the world and we took note of ev­ery­thing that wowed us and in­jected it into this house.”

Mrs Wor­boys, the boss be­hind in­te­rior

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