A bespoke Concrete Nation kitchen island bench with front panels and back benchtop.

A bespoke Concrete Nation kitchen island bench with front panels and back benchtop.

We loved working on some bespoke concrete pieces for the Ze Pickle craft beer and burger bars so needless to say, we jumped at the chance to create some magic for Ze Pickle co-founder Aaron Wilson’s own home.

Aaron first purchased an original 1970s house at Palm Beach on Queensland’s Gold Coast in the same street he grew up in, with the view of building two modern duplexes down the track.

He enlisted architect Shane Denman and SDM Builders to assist him in designing and building his dream home in his ideal locale, where the restaurant and bar scene has exploded and property prices have soared in the past two years.

 After an 11-month build, the final result is a contemporary beach house with an industrial edge.

 “Upon entry, the impressive scale is emphasised by a three-storey void and looking directly through the bespoke open steel and timber stair to the living spaces,” explains the award-winning Denman. “ The living room basks in ample natural light from open voids above, while also affording the owner privacy.

 “Ground level is dominated by the stylish and uncluttered kitchen and living room opening out to an inviting terrace and pool and accentuated by the greenery of native planting and turf.  Three generous-sized bedrooms and ultra-modern bathrooms make up the second floor and a top floor family room with built-in daybed and huge balcony.  

“Internally, the use of pristine white walls and ceilings contrast against black detailing and both are softened by blemished tones of concrete and timber.”

 The Concrete Nation team handcrafted the kitchen island bench tops, ensuite vanity tops with ramp sinks, bar tops, baths, Eclipse basins, laundry bench tops, planter boxes, dining table top, bedside table tops and a desk top in a marbled effect.

 Aaron sold one of the properties and lives in the other duplex with his wife and nine-month-old son. The property has been shortlisted for the Master Builders Queensland Housing & Construction Awards in August.

 For an exclusive home tour, see below.

 Images by Jeff Levingston.

Amy Mills