What we do

PlaceMate architects renovate and design great houses and extensions to fit the everyday lives of real people.

At PlaceMate we reckon houses should flow around the people who live in them – not box them in. 

Architects who listen

Whether it’s a renovation or a new build, PlaceMate always start in the same place. We listen. We find out who you are and how you like to live.
We want to hear what you can’t stand and what matters most about the spaces you live in. Then we come up with ideas to match.

Home design that meets your needs – not ours

We don’t follow a standard style or tell you what to do. Instead, we tailor spaces to suit your budget, your neighbourhood, your life and the people who share it with you. 

Stress-free builds & renovations 

It’s our aim to keep everything under control and on schedule, so you won’t have to.
We like to keep our builds and renovations stress-free. It means you can relax, while we stay on top of all the details – from council approvals to final inspections.

Architects who know Brisbane

PlaceMate architects know Brisbane. We know the climate, the lifestyle, the light and the terrain. 
We make sure your renovation or build design makes the most of your environment – not works against it.

Design & building teamwork

We value early input from building professionals on everything from construction know-how and timing to advice about materials.
Their expertise is a vital part of the design process and ensures the best possible outcome for you. 

Access to networks of reliable building professionals

PlaceMate stay in close touch with industry networks of experienced, tried and trusted professional consultants, builders, tradesmen and suppliers. 
It’s our job to match your home design or renovation to builders and professionals who not only like to do your sort of work but are good at it.

Building & renovation project management

We’ll shoulder as much – or as little – of the project management as you like. Depending on the job, you can manage the builder yourself or let PlaceMate take care of the lot.
We’ll monitor the costs and complexities, liaise with the builder, manage the contractors and keep you informed with regular updates.

Collaborative relationships with builders

PlaceMate Architects prides itself on fostering close productive relationships with the craftsmen and builders that we work with. Long before construction starts, we like to anticipate likely problems and challenges and resolve them with creative solutions and well-thought out designs. The result is a streamlined process for the builder and minimal stress for the owner. 



“I have been working with Jan on small and large projects for over 15 years. These ranged from small extensions to very complex projects, one which was awarded the Master Builders best renovation over 250 k and the quality and workmanship award." - Stewart Harris - Stewart Harris Constructions

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“We spoke to several builders and architects over a number of years before finding Jan, who was the first to grasp what we really wanted." - Charles Naylor (owner)

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