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Pine Mountain - Family Home


The ultimate family home to take their family of young boys through to their teenage years, that won’t date quickly and incorporate plenty of outdoor living areas.

A gently sloping block facing north on to bushland.

A family friendly home that brings the outside in. From entry through the central front door, all living spaces open out to the north, across the pool, play areas and to the bush beyond. Parents’ rooms are located on one side, kids on the other. An east-west axis provides private access from garage to bedrooms. Interior spaces are clean, uncluttered and open. Expensive materials are saved for sparing use in feature locations, with pale neutral finishes beautifully resolved throughout.

Camp Hill - Blue House


A blue and white home for their young family, including toddlers, with spacious living areas on the ground floor opening on to a big back garden and a pool surrounded by greenery. Timber floors, a timber stair case and an under-stair nook were on the wish list.

Despite city glimpses and a long south-westerly outlook from the upper level, this original 1950s house with a north-facing back yard enjoyed little privacy from its neighbours and stood out as a shabby aberration in a street of inner suburban Queenslanders.

Thorough investigation soon pointed to the value of demolition and rebuilding to save costs. The replacement is a two-storey five-bedroom home opening onto a large ground floor hedged terrace. Upstairs, under a traditional roof shape, three balconies look over the garden and pool with views across to the city and far ridges beyond. Internally, a top-lit staircase featuring a hand-crafted balustrade both frames and screens public and family zones. A central pivot for all movement, the staircase is a striking feature against the interior’s white and grey palette and hardwood flooring.

Taringa - Duplex


To make a ‘silk purse from a sow’s ear’ – an Architect’s dream …and a builder’s nightmare!

With spectacular views to the north and city, this 480sqm small lot was shaped like a piece of pie, on a busy road and with a telephone pole in the middle. The challenge included a 10m fall (four storeys) from the front of the block to the rear.

The creation of two lots, each with a four-bedroom townhouse, double garage and family room over 3½ levels. These modern, spacious houses with high ceilings, plenty of storage and abundant light were designed so that all living areas and bedrooms would have views that couldn’t be built out. Our creative residential architecture won a QMBA award for the best use of a steep site in Queensland. Construction came in both on time and budget, and the owners sold for a profit.

Stradbroke Island, Point Lookout – Beach House


An easy care, four-bedroom beach house for both family and rental, with minimal site impact and an economical construction.

This long, skinny block was set back from the main road, within walking distance of the beach. Large trees grew at the front and there was a clearing at the rear, with the opportunity for north-facing ocean glimpses from an upper level. It was likely that two-storey neighbours would surround the property in the future.

Using compact planning, a simple structure and off-the-shelf detailing, Placemate’s floor plan included a ground level beach zone for cars and gear, coupled with a north-facing outdoor living area on the upper deck. To create interest and privacy half levels of stair landings were used. Colour successfully blended the beach house with the surrounding leafy site.

St. Lucia - Small Lot House


A peaceful, light and airy architect-designed family home, surrounded by garden and sitting comfortably in a street of gracious old St Lucia houses. Four bedrooms, a double garage and accommodation for a small business were essential.

Surrounded by a mishmash of house styles, including student rentals on both sides, this small lot was situated in a gully, with an unfavourable North aspect to the street and a huge Poinciana tree.

While bringing northern sunlight into all the main living areas our home design brought the focus towards the pool courtyard and outdoor living areas, with a garden planned to screen the neighbouring properties. The floor plan included an office over the garage incorporating strong, simple roof shapes.

St. Lucia – 4 Unit Development


To economically develop four three-bedroom residences with generous indoor-outdoor living in leafy surrounds. To build a home and garden for her mother on the ground floor.

Although the block faced north and was conveniently located overlooking a park, overland flow, flooding, a four metre crossfall, busy road, close neighbours, height restrictions and western exposure provided challenges.

Use timber frame commercial construction techniques and standard fitout to keep build costs down.. Step the ceiling levels down over upper level bedrooms, to stay under the height limit, for faster planning approval. Open upper floor living areas to the views with timber decks built above metal roofs. Create a toplit staircase as a community heart. Add extra acoustic insulation. Use colour for interest and mass definition. Plant up every spare square metre of site with trees.


Placemate Architects

1/3 Prospect Tce
St Lucia  QLD  4067 
Ph: 0439 495 333