Brisbane Residential New Build Architecture (Built 2017)

Owner’s Dream – Camp Hill Blue House 

The owners of the Camp Hill blue house dreamed of knocking down their old house and building a beautiful blue and white home from scratch. They wanted a double-storey, 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 staircase, and an under-stair nook were also on the wish list. The solution was the Camp Hill Blue House – a modern new build.


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 Originally built in the 1950s, the home was outdated and stood out as a shabby aberration in a street of inner-city residential Queenslanders.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

Camp Hill Blue House

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



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Brisbane West Geotech

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Client & Partner Testimonials

My favourite real estate agent said “Your renovations are fabulous, I still think you have best designed kitchen“ I must say I agree with her. I do love my little place and my beautiful kitchen makes me happy every day.

Jenny Doust Ashgrove

We engaged Jan and her team at Placemate for our small block renovation in West End, Brisbane. Fantastic result, Jan’s creative genius solved tricky problems related to BCC restrictions and what we were aiming to achieve. Renovation is now finished (Yay!) and throughout the process they were extremely helpful (thanks Amy!), again, jumping in to solve unforeseen technical issues. Everyone who visits always comment on what a clever use of space, thanks Placemate!

Jason Hawkins and Diana Tolmie Owners

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

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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