Shorncliffe – 1910 transformation

Owners Dream

The vision for this property was to create a serene sanctuary for effortless living and discrete entertaining. The owners wanted to build underneath without raising the house to avoid the need for town planning or heritage permissions.

Site Condition

Once a holiday home for a Brisbane lord mayor, this once beautiful 140s art nouveau-style property had been converted into four poorly structured flats. The original house rested on a water table and termites had rotted the timber underneath. Cracked aluminium windows obscured panoramic views of Moreton Bay to the east, and western views of Taylor Range were lost in the oppressive heat generated by a corrugated iron roof. Neighbouring houses were pressed up close to the property, allowing for little privacy.  

Design Solution

PlaceMate Architects restructured this home to its former glory. We reduced visual clutter by transforming the many rooms and walls into large, open living spaces. The offending windows were replaced with large squares of clear glass to frame the beautiful views and let in natural light. The semi-underground bedrooms were transformed into light, airy garden rooms. 

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Our Happy Clients

For an architect, Jan’s not an idiot.

Dave Maguire Builder

Jan Hogarth has the wonderful ability to listen and focus on the clients brief enabling her to present a creative design, making certain to have incorporated the clients requirements.

Good communication is at the essence of completing great projects. We feel that Jan’s communication with all parties involved in a projects is exceptional, :- sub contractors, engineers, the principle contractor and clients.

Jan always presents herself professionally and deals with any situation calmly and promptly. My company has always enjoyed working on a great number of projects in which we have been jointly involved, several of which have been Award Winning Designs.

Tom Ryan Building Contractor

Jan, you did a fantastic job translating our unformed ideas into a classy home, fulfilling all our requirements. We are most impressed that you were able to design such a unique and spacious home on a small block and yet one that blends in with the ambience of the suburb without being ostentatious. Your choice of building materials was inspired and the design incorporating the high ceiling in the living/dining/kitchen area impresses everyone who sees it. We also appreciated your no-nonsense, straightforward, approach to the whole project. Congratulations on a great job

Lola & Ian Binch Owners

Best use of a steep site

PlaceMate topped the state for best use of a sloping site over $250000 at the Queensland Master Builders Association Housing & Construction Awards. The award was for the design of two contemporary townhouses built on a 500sqm site that dropped 10m from a busy road. All the bedrooms and living areas captured picturesque city views.


Best renovation $250-$500,000

PlaceMate took home the prize at the Queensland Master Builders Association Housing & Construction Awards for the best renovation between $250,000 – $500,000. The winning renovation was a 1910 cast concrete Californian bungalow-style home in Indooroopilly. The design added a new wing and unified alterations undertaken in 50s, 70s and 80s.

Recognised in The Courier-Mail

PlaceMate’s skills were recognised in The Courier-Mail for our transformation of a Shorncliffe residence originally built around 1910.

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