Brisbane Residential New Build Architecture (Built 2017)

Owner’s Dream

The owners of this property dreamed of knocking down their old house and building a beautiful blue and white home from scratch. They wanted a double story, open-plan home to raise their young family in. The ground floor needed to be the main hub of the home, with multiple spacious living areas opening up to a large backyard and pool. Fresh timber floors, a wooden stair case and under-stair nook were also on the wish list.


Site Condition

Located in East Brisbane, this generous size lot had all the potential needed for the perfect suburban home. However, despite city glimpses and a long south-westerly outlook from the upper level, the existing home structure had little privacy from neighbouring properties. Originally built in the 1950s, the home was outdated and stood out as a shabby aberration in a street of inner-city residential Queenslanders.


Architectural Designer Solution

After a thorough investigation into the structural integrity of the home, PlaceMate Architects came up with a new build design that ultimately saved the owners money and time compared to a complete renovation.

The replacement structure is a modern a two-storey, five-bedroom home full of colourful vibrance and flow. The ground floor consists of the main living areas all floored with beautiful hardwood timber. A fresh kitchen compliments the timber themes throughout the home and flows out towards the big backyard.

Under a traditional Queenslander-style roof, three generous balconies overlook the garden and pool, with views extending across to the city and far ridges beyond. An internal top-lit staircase is the central pivot point in the house, and features a beautiful hand-crafted timber balustrade. The timber details of the staircase and flooring act as a striking feature against the white and grey walls, creating an inviting atmosphere filled with flow and light. 


Project Partners



Manley Homes



BCA Certifiers



Brisbane West Geotech

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Client & Partner Testimonials

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. Working with Jan has always been a pleasure, and despite whatever difficulties a large renovation throws your way, Jan always displays the ability to work though it, providing the best result and a pleasurable working relationship. Jan’s designs are practical, efficient and work for the needs of the client. I can speak for this as Jan designed my home in Camp Hill.

Stewart Harris Builder

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

Builders build, tradies trade, but the architect has the vision and ideas. Thanks Jan for your wonderful suggestions.

Stephen Stone Owner

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.

Registered with Board of Architects Queensland

Registration Number 2457

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