State­ments both bold and sub­tle

With stun­ning wa­ter views and edgy, mod­ern de­sign, this lov­ingly ren­o­vated home brings the wow fac­tor to fam­ily lake­side liv­ing

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

WIDE wa­ter views, earthy vibes and an ur­ban in­dus­trial twist.

Wel­come to 51 Bar­rier Reef Drive — a sixbed­room north-fac­ing master­piece in soughtafter Mer­maid Wa­ters.

The edgy de­sign is the work of Brad and Tracey Wel­ten, who spent four months trans­form­ing an ’80s brick house into a state­ment prop­erty.

“As soon as Brad walked in he knew by mov­ing a few walls around and knock­ing a few walls out we could turn this into some­thing spe­cial,” Mrs Wel­ten said.

“It was al­ways a huge house but it had no flow, so we’ve ba­si­cally just made it flow.”

Feel mes­merised by the sheer space from the mo­ment you step through the front door with the wa­ter vis­tas of Lake Hugh Muntz in­stantly grab­bing your at­ten­tion.

“Brad is all about that wow fac­tor when you walk in and see the wa­ter,” Mrs Wel­ten said.

The void is the per­fect place for a quirky chan­de­lier, while the tim­ber float­ing stair­case is set off by a large ren­der fea­ture wall. In front is just as invit­ing with the din­ing, lounge and kitchen pro­vid­ing space to re­lax or en­ter­tain.

“We trans­formed a bed­room into the kitchen,” Mrs Wel­ten said. “We wanted to cre­ate a house where if you’re in the kitchen you can see the kids and the pool and also look out to the wa­ter.”

Among the kitchen’s stand­out fea­tures are mer­maid tiles, spot­ted gum tim­ber on the walls, Smeg ap­pli­ances and a walk-in pantry.

Sub­tle touches of tim­ber on the cab­i­netry also show Mr Wel­ten’s at­ten­tion to de­tail.

The lounge area leads out to the deck and new pool as well as the lawn with lake ac­cess.

“It’s a price­less life­style here,” Mrs Wel­ten said. “All the kids in the area have kayaks, so on a week­end there could be 10 kayaks out in the mid­dle of the lake and peo­ple swim­ming.”

Also on this level are two bed­rooms, a bath­room, laun­dry and a self-con­tained liv­ing wing com­plete with a bed­room, bath­room, lounge and kitchen.

“The beauty of the granny flat is it has its own sep­a­rate en­try,” Mrs Wel­ten said. “I feel like fam­ily ac­com­mo­da­tion is re­ally im­por­tant these days.”

Up­stairs has also been taste­fully ren­o­vated — what was one bed­room and a large lounge has been trans­formed into a lux­ury mas­ter suite with en­suite, liv­ing area, bal­cony, two bed­rooms and a bath­room.

All bed­rooms of­fer stun­ning wa­ter views with floor to ceil­ing win­dows.

“We wanted to have the lay­out so you go up­stairs and see the wa­ter again,” Mrs Wel­ten said. “At night time it’s re­ally nice, you can even see the Q1.”

The pair, who have three chil­dren, Sunny, 7, Bent­ley, 4, and Har­vey, seven months, said they would be sad to leave.

“We did ac­tu­ally ren­o­vate this to make it our for­ever home,” she said. “We have put a lot of heart and soul into this. We wanted to do some­thing that wouldn’t date ei­ther.”

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