Height of lux­ury

No ex­pense has been spared in the de­sign and build of this stun­ning acreage re­treat

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - Property - - FRONT PAGE - WORDS ALEISHA DAW­SON

MOD­ERN, spa­cious and lux­u­ri­ous are words that come to mind when try­ing to de­scribe 14 Sandyoke Court.

The award-win­ning four-bed­room house in Mudgeer­aba’s ex­clu­sive gated Jabiru Es­tate is re­ferred to as a “cut­ting edge de­sign” and it’s not hard to see why.

Textured pivot screens, tim­ber, and cre­ative stonework com­bine with clean lines and a neu­tral colour pal­ette to cre­ate a strik­ing two-level res­i­dence.

Steven and Emily Kwok, along with their 18-year-old daugh­ter Jian­ing, have lived in the home less than 12 months.

But now with Jian­ing mov­ing in­ter­state for univer­sity, the pair have de­cided to down­size.

As soon as you en­ter the drive­way you are taken away by the sheer size and grandeur of the house.

A cus­tom curved Vic­to­rian Ash Tas­ma­nian Oak stair­case with black dec­o­ra­tive laser-cut screen­ing takes pride of place when you step inside.

“There were too many right an­gles and straight lines so we needed to have some­thing in the house with a curve,” Mrs Kwok said.

The stair­case alone took six months to make, while the Mas­ter Builders Queens­land judges spent more than 30 min­utes ad­mir­ing it.

The de­sign and build of the house took two years with the prod­uct com­pleted in March, 2016. De­signed by BDA Ar­chi­tec­ture and built by Mark Un­der­wood, the res­i­dence won the 2017 Mas­ter Builder Qld Gold Coast award for an in­di­vid­ual build and the Ron McMaster Me­mo­rial Award for ex­cel­lence in crafts­man­ship.

“We ac­tu­ally met Mark Un­der­wood (the builder) 10 years ago when he did a deck for us,” Mrs Kwok said. “He did such a great job that we knew we had to have him build our house.”

Other stand­out fea­tures in­clude stone and lime­stone feature walls, floor to ceil­ing win­dows, a fire­place and traver­tine tiles.

The kitchen has a 6m cal­cutta stone is­land bench with Euro­pean stain­less-steel ap­pli­ances, a gas cook­top and a scullery.

“I can be in the kitchen and I love the fact I can look out at any an­gle and it’s al­most like look­ing at a pic­ture, it’s just such a great view wher­ever you look,” Mrs Kwok said.

“When I’m cook­ing I can look at dif­fer­ent pic­tures or views.”

The traver­tine tiles ex­tend to the al­fresco en­ter­tain­ing area with an out­door bar­be­cue kitchen — per­fect for en­ter­tain­ing or re­lax­ing.

Here there is a 20m cov­ered lap pool that is pro­tected from the weather by cus­tom-made laser cut pivot screens.

“My hus­band and Jian­ing use the pool a lot,” Mrs Kwok said.

The lo­ca­tion was also a great sell­ing point for the fam­ily af­ter mak­ing the move south from He­lensvale. “We are so close to ev­ery­thing — straight on the M1 and the Robina Town Cen­tre is five min­utes away.”

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