Rick and Judy Kulis are veterans when it comes to revitalizing existing properties. Over the past 40 years, the couple have renovated four residences, including the traditional Tuscan design of their current home in Lake Las Vegas into a spacious, contemporary, contemporary retreat.
“We are happy with the result,” said Judy Kulis. “It was a fun, creative process from start to finish.”
Located in the exclusive South Shore community of Lake Las Vegas, 12 Dolce Luna Court is listed for $ 2.45 million by Kristen Routh-Silberman of Synergy Sotheby’s International Realty.
The renovated, one-story property with an area of 4,269 square meters expresses the elegant sophistication and relaxed comfort of a luxury resort that extends to the breathtaking lake view.
It has five en-suite bedrooms including a private master suite, 4½ baths, and formal dining and living areas. Outdoor private indulgences include a resort-style infinity pool with a spa and an intimate, covered entertainment area with an outdoor kitchen.
The couple are selling the property to complete their bucket list by building their own retreat. Now retired, the couple previously owned their own television production and distribution company.
“We’re looking for this final creative challenge,” said Judy Kulis. “I think we are ready.”
The couple bought the house in 2006 after attending a special Andrea Bocelli concert at the Lake Las Vegas Resort.
“It was a magical night, we fell in love with the whole ambience of Lake Las Vegas,” said Rick Kulis about the concert filmed for PBS. “Besides, we people go by boat. The lake right in front of us and the proximity to Lake Mead met all of our needs. “
Nine years after moving in, the couple decided to completely renovate the property. They invested over $ 700,000 in interior and exterior renovations, electronics and equipment upgrades.
“Few people know the cost of the renovation,” said Rick Kulis. “If you want the house to look the way you want it, it’s always more than building a house.”
In cooperation with the home designer Ronald Kraft, the couple developed the design for over a year. Judy Kulis was a driving force behind the entire design concept.
“We spent a lot of time designing it,” she said. “We wanted to adapt it to the Lake Las Vegas lifestyle better with an open concept and make better use of the view.”
The design started with a central bar in the main living area that provided a distinctive focal point for the space.
“We wanted to be able to sit at the bar, entertain our friends and enjoy the view,” said Judy Kulis. “That’s where we started and it went from there.”
The fully functional wet bar shows a curved onyx waterfall meter. The design of the backlit counter is achieved using an LED light grid specially developed for the bar. The unique smoothly illuminated surface reflects flawlessly around corners and edges.
“They literally hand-built the LED grid so it would give a perfectly even lighting pattern,” said Judy Kulis. “That was pretty difficult.”
After the start of construction, the ambitious project consisted of completely gutting the interior of the property down to the tunnel.
To create an open, functional floor plan, several load-bearing walls had to be removed and a steel beam installed.
“We completely demolished everything until we had to rebuild some infrastructure,” said Judy Kulis. “We basically started from scratch.”
The 0.30 acre lot provided the opportunity to expand the main living space by building a 2,400 square foot covered living room with a custom fire lounge.
“We’ve really increased the size of the house,” said Judy Kulis of the exterior addition. “We made it something to chat and have parties in. It became a multifunctional house. “
Next to the living area is a spacious outdoor kitchen with a professional Fire Magic 42-inch grill and a coyote grill. It features bar-style seating, a long leather marble-topped buffet counter, refrigerator, sink, ice tub and storage space.
“I love our outdoor kitchen and living area,” said Judy Kulis. “And we come to that time of year when we can use it more.”
Construction began in early 2015 and took over nine months to transform the house into Judy’s overall vision.
“It was about the river,” said Rick Kulis. “I think we did it. Anyone who comes here will quickly realize that you are not in a box. “
Entry into the house begins with an intimate courtyard with a fireplace. Double glass doors lead into the spacious main living area and offer incredible views of the lake and the surrounding mountains.
One of the standout features of the house is the functional design of the main living area. The open space invites you to chat as it flows seamlessly from the formal entrance, dining, bar, living, kitchen and outdoor courtyard. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors open the spacious floor plan outwards and offer a breathtaking view of the lake.
Neutral colors, natural stone elements, Italian limestone floors, dark walnut cabinets, high-quality modern lighting and luxurious furniture complement the elegant and comfortable aesthetic.
A central architectural element that Judy Kulis incorporated into the design was the use of curved lines. Instead of flat ceilings, curved, illuminated reveal elements soften the tray ceiling.
“We followed the curves of the bar,” said Judy Kulis. “I wanted to bring some movement into the room.”
The open access to the gourmet kitchen serves as a natural meeting point with double islands. The front island has a curved counter designed for buffet service. Striking black and white granite counters complement the custom-made cupboards made of dark walnut wood.
The professional Wolf and Sub-Zero devices include a steam oven and built-in espresso machine.
“We designed the kitchen as a presentation kitchen,” said Rick Kulis. “Everything looks good, so you always talk to your guests.
The private master has its own outside access to the pool deck and has built-in components made of dark walnut wood, a separate seating area, a three-way gas fireplace with natural stone cladding, a decorative natural stone wall and an oversized walk-in closet with built-in components and a separate shoe cabinet.
The ultra-luxurious master bath emulates a spa-like resort with white Calcutta gold marble throughout, including bathtub and shower surrounds and two vanity tops. The exquisite contrasting marble floor provides radiant warmth. The spacious walk-in shower has a heated shower tray and the room offers a special make-up area with improved lighting.
A separate wing from the main living area flows into the other four en-suite bedrooms. The Kulis turned two of the bedrooms into his and hers office with custom built ins. The U-shaped design of the house surrounds the main living area, creating intimate spaces both inside and out.
“They can easily be in separate areas,” said Judy Kulis. “Which was really nice.”
The resort feel is enhanced by an air-conditioned three-car garage, Lutron lighting, integrated Sonos sound system, video security, Nest WiFi, and smart home technology.
The home has family membership in the Lake Las Vegas Sports Club with state-of-the-art fitness equipment, tennis and pickleball courts.
South Shore Community amenities include security bars, hiking trails, parks, mature landscaping, and proximity to two championship golf courses, both designed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus.