House has the feel of trop­i­cal par­adise

James and Carmel Tay­lor have built their own pri­vate par­adise on the Isle of Capri. The house has a cinema, lap pool and five over­sized bed­rooms with canal frontage

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - Property - - FRONT PAGE - WORDS ANNA RAWL­INGS

SIT­U­ATED on prime water­front land at Isle of Capri, this spa­cious fam­ily res­i­dence was the per­fect home for two school-aged boys to grow up in.

Now James and Carmel Tay­lor’s sons are older, but the cou­ple still has fond mem­o­ries of their lifestyle.

Mr Tay­lor, a builder, de­mol­ished the orig­i­nal house and re­built one of his own de­sign a decade ago. “A spa­cious fam­ily home, that was the main aim, I wanted to try and in­cor­po­rate ev­ery­thing I could to get the spa­cious feel, but also to be able to have some sep­a­rate ar­eas for a grow­ing fam­ily,” Mr Tay­lor said.

A cinema, lap pool, five bed­rooms, five bath­rooms and mul­ti­ple liv­ing ar­eas later, the Tay­lor fam­ily achieved just that.

The fam­ily are keen boat­ies, and made the most of their canal frontage. “The boys had their own lit­tle boat they could take out with friends,” Mr Tay­lor said. “We did hope that they would work hard at their stud­ies, so that was part of the in­cen­tive for them to get their home­work done, and then go out on the boat.”

Mr Tay­lor also moored his own boat at the pri­vate pon­toon. But you don’t even have to get your feet wet to lap up the river set­ting. “There’s a big picture win­dow as you walk in. The idea with the de­signer was to raise the en­try, and open the front door to see the wa­ter­way and a white sandy beach with co­conut trees,” Mr Tay­lor said.

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