Bold and Beautiful
April 4 2022
The long drive down Sir Bruce Small Boulevard in the central leafy pocket of Benowa Waters does little to prepare you for what awaits at the end of this quiet cul de sac.
A two-level textured concrete structure carves an impressive presence from the street, balanced by soft greenery and a large timber-clad door that pivots in a smooth invitation to explore the beauty that lies beyond.
A lush central courtyard is an unexpected surprise as you step inside, creating an opportunity for a sprawling two-level residence and a stunning lakeside setting to reveal themselves.
The Lakehouse is the creation of Kenins Developments, led by Martin and Dina Kenins, whose portfolio includes custom residential and commercial projects on the Gold Coast and Brisbane.
The Kenins engaged Reece Keil Design to cement their vision for an ultra modern yet functional residence that combines the glamorous grandeur of Los Angeles mega mansions with the raw beauty of natural materials and sleek lines found in South American Brutalist architecture.
“We are very passionate about architecture and the finer detail that goes into creating something truly special,” says Dina.
“Our vision was to create a low maintenance and liveable home, but with just enough wow factor and all of the luxuries one might expect in a high end home.”
A 1,161m2 site allows for a magnificent sense of spaciousness enhanced by soaring ceilings and extensive glazing. Sliding doors disappear into wall cavities to create extra wide openings that break down the barriers between inside and out.
Open plan living and dining zones encourage effortless entertaining: a concealed scullery accompanies a chef’s Smeg kitchen at one end; a well-appointed cocktail bar beckons at the other; and a built-in BBQ kitchen promotes summer gatherings along the alfresco terrace.
A magnesium pool and sun deck overlook a private freshwater lake where 24 metres of frontage exposes a magical view across wide open water where residents soak up the sun on paddle boards and kayaks.
“The colours on the water and in the sky change constantly depending on the weather and the time of day,” says Martin, whose hands-on involvement in the 15-month build ensured a millimetre perfect finish. “You get those bluebird days, then moody greys as a storm rolls in, and dusky pinks and oranges as the sun sets behind the hills. It’s really beautiful.”
A generous ground floor bedroom with walk-in robe and ensuite is located near the front entry for easy guest access. A cinema featuring textured German wallpaper and pure New Zealand wool carpet creates a cosy space for movie nights, while a glazed wine storage room is a functional focal point.
The upper level is devoted to rest and rejuvenation with three bedrooms – each has a walk-in robe and one can be closed off with its own ensuite – a main bathroom, second living area and a master retreat that offers every possible reason not to leave.
High end finishes and fixtures have been carefully selected and repeated to achieve a commendable standard of low-maintenance luxury that makes this residence ideal for families as well as overseas or interstate residents looking for a lock and leave holiday home.
Brushed copper and brass tapware add a touch of drama to the kitchen, scullery and bathrooms while scalloped panels add visual interest in the bar, cinema and master bedroom. Walls tiled in an intricate mosaic pattern in the kitchen and master ensuite bathroom continue to catch the eye of those chasing inspiration on Instagram.
Customised external finishes add textural appeal to concrete surfaces and careful plant selection delivers easycare gardens complete with irrigation. Lighting, sound, blinds, air-conditioning and video intercom security are centrally controlled and solar power adds to the home’s sustainability credentials.
Sun studies completed during the planning phase maximise light, sun and shade across the home at various stages in the day, while a considered lighting design including LED strips and elegant pendants achieves a magical ambience come nightfall.
The quality of the construction and finishes have not gone unnoticed, with the project earning Kenins Developments an award for Custom Built Home ($2.5 million to $3 million) at the 2021 HIA Gold Coast & Northern Rivers Awards as well as a finalist nod for Kitchen of the Year.
The Lakehouse design saw Reece Keil Design win New Residential Buildings (over $2 million) at the 2021 BDAA Building Designers Association of Australia National Design Awards, as well as best Kitchen and Bathroom Design.
“When the judges came to see the house they were blown away by the craftsmanship,” says Dina. “They took note of every little detail and really understood the skill and care that went into achieving it. To receive that kind of recognition is amazing, but ultimately this home is very enjoyable to live in and we want a new owner to appreciate it.”