Couple reveals hustle behind first home build

Bianca and Jayden Kenna have just completed their first home build at Mermaid Waters. Picture Glenn Hampson
Interior designer Bianca Kenna and her photographer husband Jayden listed their first home build for auction ahead of the spring selling season.
The creative couple’s luxury Mermaid Waters home, named Casa de Caprice, was inspired by European travels, with natural stone used extensively through an open floorplan, and a focus on indoor-outdoor living.
The four-bedroom, three-bathroom home at 26 Caprice Ct is marketed by Harcourts Coastal agent Stuart Reeder and goes under the hammer on August 19.
The home was inspired by a European boutique hotel. Picture: Glenn Hampson
“We keep a close eye on the market and apart from a new villa project around the corner, there really hasn’t been a lot of building activity in this location, so we saw an opportunity where the stock is low and said to ourselves, ‘now might be a good time’,” Mrs Kenna, 29, said.
The Kennas acquired a rare vacant parcel in a sought-after Gold Coast location close to the beach and shops for $710,000 in October 2021.
They engaged architect Allan Amores to bring their vision to life.
They engaged architect Allan Amores and builder Mint Construct to best utilise the 484 sqm battle-axe block, which had resulted from a subdivision by the previous owner.
“We just love the location and we got the block for a bit of a steal, so that was another deciding factor,” Mrs Kenna said.
They commenced the build in 2022, the same year they were married, channelling their shared passion for the project to overcome the frustration of obstacles amid supply chain issues and labour shortages plaguing the local construction industry.
The home goes to auction on August 19.
“We were just working a lot harder, building our businesses to try and get through,” Mrs Kenna said.
“I’ve loved it though and we definitely want to do another project. This is what we see ourselves doing for the next few years, so we will take time out to go overseas and be inspired all over again.”
The couple moved in months before the house was finished so they could put the rent they had been paying elsewhere towards spiralling construction costs.
“It has a labour of love over the last year and a half,” Mrs Kenna said.
“Is has been such a drawn-out process and we had a 5-month delay just on the timber, but although the price got to a lot more than we thought it would and it’s been challenging not knowing when we’d be in, we are lucky not to have had to wait for 2.5 years like some people we know have.”
Warm neutrals create a mood.
Her style is heavily influenced by the architecture and culture of such scenic destinations as Cinque Terre, a string of centuries-old seaside villages in northern Italy.
Casa de Caprice’s two-storey floor plan comprises an open kitchen, living and dining zone, with large slider doors revealing an expansive rear entertaining deck and pool, plus paved patio complete with outdoor pizza oven and barbecue, and a fire pit.
The home has four bedrooms.
And three bathrooms.
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An ensuited bedroom on this level has a private entrance, while upstairs are three other bedrooms including the master with its stylish ensuite and large walk-in robe, along with a second living area or retreat space.
Mrs Kenna said each piece of furniture in the home was curated to add to the aesthetic, with feature artworks selected to pop against a refined palette of neutrals and earthy pink.
A buyer, should they desire, could simply move in and enjoy the property in its present impeccably styled state.
Showstopper island bench and a butler’s pantry in the kitchen.
“I’ve gone a little different with the interiors by focusing on using lots of pinks but also trying not to be overly feminine, then making it really fun and colourful using beautiful local art,” she said.
“We have pushed the boundaries a little to achieve a modern, eclectic feel, but still sticking with beautiful natural stone, so that fusion of marble and pink travertine used through different areas of the house.”

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