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
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.”