Reno hits the mark

This jar-drop­ping house spans two lev­els with open liv­ing ar­eas at the cen­tre of each floor and a raft of lux­ury fea­tures to give it a sense of opu­lence

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - Property - - FRONT PAGE - WORDS JES­SICA BROWN

REN­O­VAT­ING is a labour of love for Paul Niko­las, even if it means liv­ing with­out a roof or kitchen for weeks.

He knew what he was in for when he bought the old 1980s built house at Sor­rento in 2016.

“It had gold-plated ev­ery­thing,” Mr Niko­las said. “Ev­ery­thing was grand – it was over­board mas­sively.” “But I saw the po­ten­tial with that beau­ti­ful wa­ter­front. I just loved the spot, it’s so quiet.”

It was so dated, he de­cided to strip it back to its bare bones and start fresh.

“Ba­si­cally ev­ery sin­gle wall was pulled down, we just left the shell, we also pulled the roof off,” he said.

“I lived through it with­out a roof for about six weeks, we didn’t have a kitchen for about six months.”

The jaw-drop­ping home that stands on the prop­erty to­day was fin­ished about five months ago.

It spans two lev­els with open liv­ing ar­eas at the cen­tre of each floor. High ceil­ings, wide win­dows, a black and white pal­ette and tim­ber floors through­out give it a sense of opu­lence.

Most of the ground floor is ded­i­cated to a large liv­ing space, which in­cludes a kitchen with but­ler’s pantry and a glass wine room, din­ing area and lounge room with a fea­ture fire­place.

It flows onto an out­door en­ter­tain­ment area, which has a built-in bar­be­cue area and keg on tap as well as fridges.

A pool and spa are the cen­tre­pieces of a deck over­look­ing the river.

Up­stairs, there are four be­d­rooms, two of which have en­suites and open onto a bal­cony that spans the en­tire width of the house over­look­ing the wa­ter. An­other two be­d­rooms, one with en­suite and one that could dou­ble as an of­fice, are on the ground floor.

It also has a four-car garage, a trop­i­cal gar­den with wa­ter foun­tain at the front en­trance and a pon­toon.

De­spite the blood, sweat and tears that went into trans­form­ing the for­merly tired home into a con­tem­po­rary man­sion, Mr Niko­las said it was worth it.

“It took about 14 months, full time, to do, it was a mas­sive job,” he said. “But I’m ex­tremely happy with it.” The open floor­plan was what he loved most about the home. “I just like the open spa­ces,” he said. “Down­stairs, you walk in the front door and it’s just all open.”

While re­luc­tant, he has listed it on the mar­ket so he can do it all over again.

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