Daniel and Jane moved to Brisbane from Scotland with their young family to embrace Australia’s warm climate. Their dream was to construct a generous, open-plan family home for an easy-care haven in their busy lives. Jane’s style was classic Georgian, while Daniel preferred classic 60’s. PlaceMate Architects designed a dream home to appeal to both tastes.
The existing property fell from the street to a large north-facing backyard. A low-deck roof and rippled glass obstructed a picturesque view of Queenslander roofs on the other side of the valley. The central living room was dark and had too many doors taking up precious space. Disconnected from the ground below and with small, complicated rooms built-in, this once grand but shabby Queenslander did not suit family life.
Our Design Solution (built by Stewart Harris)
PlaceMate designed the renovation to expand and open into the suburban valley garden. We raised the house and repaired the verandas to their former glory, reconstructing the arches into private rooms. The garage was positioned at the front of the house, and the original front door was reinstated on the lower level. A sky-window was built in above the stairs, and floor platforms progressively widen as you move down the property. They eventuate into a wide open plan living area with 3.6m ceilings. This opens on to a double-height terrace and wet edge pool, surrounded by terraced play areas and a tropical garden.
Interior details reference the family’s journey. The white timber and leadlight detailing respects the Queenslander’s past while the polished concrete floors, restored fireplace and window seats reflect modern life. Aqua and gold tiles were purposely used to symbolise water and sun in a tropical paradise.
Daniel and Jane had input on every part of the design and construction process. It was constructed on time and on budget in a style that suited to both their tastes and left them with their perfect family home.
Our Happy Clients
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 workGreg & Trish Elgar Brisbane
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 jobLola & Ian Binch Owners
Renovating our home with the assistance of Placement and their relationship with Phil Maher Builder was essentially a stress free adventure.
PlaceMate worked with us to achieve our dream home. Our home was modernised without losing the charm of a post war cottage.
Our house has become a functional, open & light filled home. Which is now the central family meeting place.
We even discovered that Architects, Engineers and Builders DO get on and work well together.
Even though our budget was small, through the architectural skills and listening skills, PlaceMate turned our needs into the home we wanted.Beth & John 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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