Camp Hill – Blue house
The owners of this lot dreamed of building a blue and white home for their young family. They wanted spacious living areas on the ground floor that opened on to a big back garden and pool. Timber floors, a timber stair case and an under-stair nook were also on the wish list.
Despite city glimpses and a long south-westerly outlook from the upper level, this original 1950s house had little privacy from neighbouring properties. It stood out as a shabby aberration in a street of inner suburban Queenslanders.
Thorough investigation soon pointed the owners to the value of demolition and rebuilding to save costs. The replacement structure is a two-storey, five-bedroom home opening onto a large ground floor hedged terrace. Under a traditional shape roof, three upstairs balconies overlook the garden and pool, with views across 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 balustrade. The timber staircase is a striking feature against the rest of the house’s white and grey palette, and hardwood flooring.
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
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
Jan has a great eye for detail. Her plans are very comprehensive and she thoughtfully considers every aspect of how her clients will live within the space she designs for them. She specialises in period homes and homes with character.
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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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