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The Bermudian

A grand family home in Tucker’s Town is named, and designed, to celebrate the owner’s Greek heritage.

Benevides & Associates



Ilios is the ancient name for the legendary Greek city of Troy, and it is also the name of a newly built grand family home  in Tucker’s Town owned by Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Pereira. Although the final colourful accessories such as rugs and curtains are not yet in place, the gracious edifice already has a unique style that sweeps effortlessly from the impressive wrought-iron entrance gates to the extensive waterside terracing.



The elegant modern home features enough classic Bermuda touches to site it clearly within these islands. A traditional double-pitched Bermuda roof, a roundel window and the clever use of two-storey bow windows singles it out as a design that has taken a great deal of deliberation and care.

Architect David Benevides describes it as “Mykonos style,” celebrating Mrs. Pereira’s Greek heritage. The client’s request was to combine the best of Bermudian and Greek styles.



Judges for The Bermudian were impressed with the clarity of design and the consideration that had gone into the clean lines that flow through the interior, especially considering the large scale of the rooms, noting that “it sits extremely well into the site.”

Intricate wrought-iron gates, flanked by Bermuda-stone columns topped with decorative lanterns, protect the property. The use of paving stone on the driveway helps create the courtyard feel the clients requested. The random pink and buff stones are of varying sizes, creating a casual look, and they lead to a low, curved Bermuda-stone wall topped with substantial urns.



Wrought-iron trim enhances a welcoming-arms traditional entryway to the sizable front doors of rich, dark mahogany. Immediately to the right of the doors and reached through a pair of arches is a small, secluded walled patio, perfect for a moment’s quiet reflection.

Once through the dramatic doorway, a feeling of translucent light, sea air and vistas pervade the double-height lounge, dramatic with its two-storey fenestration. Sliding doors onto the patio at ground level are cleverly mirrored in a second-floor bank of matching windows, thus providing a sea-to-sky panorama.



The adjoining formal dining room features a striking ornate stone fireplace.

The dining room also leads onto the patio, where a less-formal teak dining set provides for al fresco meals.

The kitchen produced gasps of admiration as the judges took in the trussed wooden ceiling and lighted upper cabinets containing a superb collection of colourful blown glass. The capacious kitchen has everything a keen chef might desire, including masses of storage, prepping and cooking space. The nearby laundry room is fitted out with two double-capacity washers, two double-capacity dryers and plenty of built-in storage. There is no need for the chef to feel isolated in this kitchen—the marble sink looks out onto the pillared terrace with a convenient sliding window for ready access.



The flooring throughout the ground floor is sand-coloured limestone and contrasts dramatically with the dark mahogany window frames and trim. Upstairs, the master suite offers a maritime prospect as does the curvaceous bathroom with its superb Carrera-marble mosaic flooring. Adjoining is a fully fitted dressing room with mahogany flooring, which contrasts dramatically with the white units. There are charming bedrooms for the couple’s daughters and for houseguests. A second-floor interior wrought-iron balcony looks down into a pleasant lounge area with piano and casual seating.

The terrace offers a stupendous water view and proceeds on several levels via a classic stairwell with welcoming arms. The infinity pool and surround feature lounge areas and a barbecue, and the steps lead down to a sweep of grass and the waterfront. The waterside dock was demolished by recent storms, but it will be reconstructed shortly. A slipway is conveniently located on the property, and the speedboat looks ready to head out to sea at a moment’s notice.



A second patio has been constructed at water’s edge, backed by a curved wall with bright cushions. Here again, the paving stones create a Mediterranean atmosphere. Looking back at the house from the water’s edge one can admire the six columns that support the generous upper terrace. One can also observe the intricate roofline of pitches and domes with a classic chimney.

The adjoining guest cottage matches the main house in miniature, a clever counterpoint offering privacy for visitors.

Architects Benevides and Associates are rightly proud of their accomplishment with Ilios, yet another triumph for them, their twelfth award and fifth outright win in The Bermudian Building Design Awards.



Ilios Suppliers & Contractors:

Contractor, Atlantic Construction Ltd.; Structural Engineering, Pereira Engineering Ltd.; Landscaping, Super Landscaping; Windows & Doors, Sabana; Interior Design including Cabinetry, Pereira Inc.; Metalworks, Mohegan; Electrical, Wayne Bean Electrical; Plumbing, DB Plumbing; A/C, Climates Services Ltd.; A/V, Acoustical Design; Interior Lighting, ECS; Countertops & Tile, Made in Italy; Appliances, Bermuda Gas; Interior Fit Out Items, Global Sales; Roofing Material, Bermuda Paint.

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