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A Sophisticated Tropical Oasis at Mermaid Beach

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A very glamourous coastal home at Mermaid Beach in Queensland, Australia is designed by BGD Architects.

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It makes its own oasis, with a rich heavy timber colonnade ‘gift wrapping’ the outdoor area.

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This colonnade makes a grand entry, that is both open and enclosed, with a focal point at the end.

A tantalising glimpse of the ocean is like a tiny precious jewel in a box.

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As you get to the end of the colonnade, suddenly you are in the great room, which directly captures the full beachfront on the other side.

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This huge great room is designed to accommodate a growing family, multiple guests and frequent entertaining.

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In the front, its full length opens directly on to the wide white sand beach – from the marble and timber kitchen with chef’s scullery and abundant cold and dry storage – to the farthest end.

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To accommodate the inevitable sandy feet that accumulate in this setting, the flooring is durable and ‘swipe clean’ hardwood.

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Throughout, the palette of finishes of natural timbers and stone used are both durable and sophisticated.

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In the inner courtyard, not seen from the beach, is a private and expansive pool and entertaining core.

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This cool oasis behind the house forms a tropical, modern and comfortable entertainment area.

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A wide glazed hallway wraps the central courtyard on both the ground and first floor giving scenic circulation past the main entertainment area.

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The location is very fortunate: only one neighbouring property to the north, an extensive park to the south – and the wide sandy beachfront to the east.

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But my favorite part of this house is a perfect place, like a breath of fresh air.

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This bathroom – is truly just this side of heaven.

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