Zero 9 Construction co-founders list trend-setting Burleigh Waters home

18 Bluejay St, Burleigh Waters
THE co-founders of a prolific commercial fit-out company have listed their own trend-setting Burleigh Waters home.
Karley and Ryan McAlpin, of Zero 9 Constructions, have completed scores of striking fit-outs across south-east Queensland, including The Atrium Bar at Star Casino, Siblings Kirra, Surfers Pavilion, Justin Lane rooftop bar, Burleigh Brewing Co, and Edwards and Co at The Calile Hotel.
But the 2019 build of their contemporary family home was a project on another level for the couple, who are celebrating 10 years in business.
The home will go under the hammer on May 5
Marketed by Kollosche’s Troy Dowker and going under the hammer on May 5, the five-bedroom, three-bathroom home on a 741sq m lot at 18 Bluejay St is sublime in design, with an understated elegance grounded in its functionality.
And when you have four kids, functionality must come first, the couple says.
Karley and Ryan are parents to Hudson, 8, Elliott, 6, Reeve, 4, and Halle, 2.
Marking Zero 9’s first major foray into residential design and construction, the southern Gold Coast home incorporates principles from their commercial work applied within a deeply personal context.
Karley and Ryan McAlpin at home with children, Hudson, 8, Elliott, 6, Reeve, 4, and Halle, 2.
“I love being involved in public spaces through the design and construction of places that you get to share with your friends and family,” Ryan said.
“That passion for bringing some of the commercial elements into residential construction was a big driver behind starting the residential side of the business.”
They worked with Gold Coast building designer Jayson Pate to conceptualise a luxury home with an ideal flow for family life.
The outdoor barbecue area and covered al fresco
Wood-look aluminium battens were continued through interior spaces
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“One of the most important things for us was being able to be in the kitchen and getting dinner ready, but still see the pool or the play room where the kids are, so it’s still very connected,” Karley said.
“Even though it’s such a big home it feels like it’s a lot smaller because you can still be monitoring everything.”
Features busy families will appreciate include a separate upstairs living area complete with laundry chute, a mudroom in the epoxy-floored double garage, and custom cabinetry providing sleek storage throughout the home.
Honed concrete and American oak timber flooring balance bold black accents
Street appeal in spades
Wood-look aluminium battens by Aussie company Knotwood were used externally for striking visual appeal, then continued through the open-plan kitchen and living area and above the entertaining deck with integrated barbecue kitchen.
Floor-to-ceiling glazing showcases tropical gardens, but also allows plain view from the kitchen to a sunken lounge opposite, as well as over the 9x3m heated pool.
There’s a guest bedroom plus ensuite on the ground level, while the remaining generously proportioned bedrooms are upstairs, including the master with walk-in robe and stunning ensuite with free-standing bath and dual showers.
The home has five bedrooms
… and three bathrooms
Karley said they were overwhelmed by the positive response to their interior use of techniques typically reserved for commercial application, including polished concrete floors, rendered walls, and the aluminium battens.
“I think we pushed a few boundaries, but it’s brought out opportunities for people to use these things in their homes,” she said.
“This was our first home build and we were like, ‘this is it, we’re going to build this beautiful home and we’re going to live here forever and the kids are going to grow old here and it’s going to be perfect’, and then I think we kind of realised that we’ve got something going here.
“It wasn’t just that we built a house, it was the functionality of it, the flow of it, there were a lot of things that we made sure were a part of the home, and that’s what made us go, ‘it’s time to do it again’,” Karley said.
Floor-to-ceiling glass provides added connection between indoor and outdoor spaces

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