Brisbane Renovation Architecture (Built 2015)

Owner’s Dream

The goal of this renovation was to create a generous functional home for a busy hard-working household of four generations including two small children, a grandfather, great-grandmother and an adult with special needs. The house was structured in a post-war cottage style and required a range of big indoor and outdoor spaces that would enable everyone to enjoy being together or alone. It needed to be all in ‘Hamptons’ style with strong symmetry in black, white and chrome, to tie in with an existing contemporary-styled pool.


Site Condition

The property was located on a regular suburban block but it was cramped in structure. The central bedroom was windowless and the house lacked light and airflow. A Queenslander style extension had been previously added to the home, as well as a new roof, a north-facing pool, and a garden featuring a charming flowering tree.


Architectural Designer Solution

PlaceMate Architects raised the house and converted the upper level into five bedrooms. The property’s main access was relocated to the centre to strengthen formality and create a glimpse to the spaces beyond. The middle of the house was opened with a staircase to bring height, light and outlook to both levels of the house. Two ground-floor bed suites were built for the older members of the household. 

The back of the house now boasts a large open-plan living area, allowing for flow and space throughout the home. A separate family entry incorporated as a dump zone and utility yard provides the children with running access between pool and bathroom to the laundry.



Project Partners



Tom Ryan Builders



BCA Certifiers



Lynskey Structural Consultants

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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

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

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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