Home tow­ers over wa­ter­front block

This Mer­maid Wa­ters home was big be­fore the own­ers bought it more than five years ago but now, its grand scale is breath­tak­ing

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - Property - - AUCTION - WORDS JES­SICA BROWN

TOW­ER­ING over its wa­ter­front block, this Mer­maid Wa­ters home is one of grand pro­por­tions.

Owner James Barry said it was big when he and wife Sandy Dykzeul bought it five and a half years ago but they have since added to its scale.

“In the past year, I’ve put an­other bed­room and bath­room on,” said Mr Barry, who is a builder by trade.

He has also fixed up the bath­rooms and added all the wood in and around the home, in­clud­ing the out­door tim­ber en­ter­tain­ment deck.

“Even though I haven’t built the house, I’ve done a sub­stan­tial amount of work out­side and in­side.”

He couldn’t be sure how long the ren­o­va­tions had taken.

“It’s hard to say when you’re a builder, you sort of fit it in around other jobs,” he said.

He said the open kitchen, liv­ing and din­ing area was one of his favourite parts of the home, mainly be­cause of the void in the mid­dle. “It al­most feels like you don’t have a ceil­ing above you,” he said.

Mr Barry said it had been a “beau­ti­ful home to live in” with his wife and chil­dren but said it was time to sell.

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