Brisbane Renovation Architecture Ashgrove (Built 2022)

Ashgrove Queenslander Family Home Renovation

Owners Dream

In the heart of Ashgrove, this Queenslander’s owners loved their location but needed additional space. The family wanted to maintain the traditional art-deco characteristics of the home and Ashgrovian charm. Additionally, they sought to take full advantage of the potential views achieved from a higher vantage point. Accordingly, they enlisted our expertise to expand the dwelling, improve functionality and make the most of the jewel of their site. 

Site Condition

The original high-set house sat on a difficult-shaped corner block. Additionally, the sloping terrain, and existing pool, occupied the remaining space. Recognising this, we opted to pursue a vertical integration strategy. In doing so, it was essential to focus on the design’s compliance with the council’s height and level regulations. Working closely with town planners, we navigated the Development Application process seamlessly.

Architectural Designer Solution

Our renovation plan focussed on a vertical integration strategy, expanding the available space without increasing the footprint. This involved excavating beneath the existing house and building a new primary suite pod above the roof to create additional space. The new upper pod was designed to take in the sweeping views of the forestry beyond. Adding two more floors required meticulous execution. Therefore, we used a detailed functional stair design to flow between the new floors and comply with council regulations.

Throughout the renovation, preserving the essence of the original Queenslander art-deco style remained a priority. Resultingly, we produced a spacious family home that harmonises beautifully with its heritage surroundings.

Project partners


Bruin Builders



Integrated Construction Approvals


Town Planners

Steffan Harries



Walker Engineering



Hannah Puechmarin

Client & Partner Testimonials

We knew we only had one chance to get the look and the acoustics right and the room also needed to work if we ever sold the home.PlaceMate took into account not just the acoustics, but also the aesthetics of the room. We are delighted with their work

Greg & Trish Elgar Brisbane

Jan Hogarth has the wonderful ability to listen and focus on the client’s brief enabling her to present a creative design, making certain to have incorporated the client’s requirements. Good communication is the essence of completing great projects. We feel that Jan’s communication with all parties involved in a project is exceptional; – subcontractors, engineers, the principal 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 (retired builder) Retired Builder

Our experience with Placemate Architects was outstanding. They did three
things we appreciated, and nothing we didn’t.

They focused on understanding our needs and what we wanted.

They, Jan specifically, consistently generated creative design options to
assist in the extraordinary number of decisions that need to be made from
the very big to the very small.

And they matched us with exactly the right builder, the excellent Harris

Our decision to work with Placemate Architects meant we got what we wanted,
on time and on budget.

Stephen and Lynne Day New

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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