Chelmer – 1920s classic Queenslander

Owners Dream

The owner of this 1920s classic Queenslander wanted to restore her home to its former glory in a classic white Georgian style. She envisioned a spacious townhouse for her family to enjoy together, with lasting value and areas for art, music and entertaining.

Site Condition

This house had undergone three rounds of renovations since it was built. The different styles and additions had left the house feeling disjointed, with little flow between the indoor living areas and garden.

Design Solution

PlaceMate Architects moved the house forward on the property to accommodate a new tennis court. A spacious veranda was built upstairs, and the house was re-centred around the traditional internal stairwell. Multiple contemporary living areas were designed in the downstairs area to create connection between the garden and outdoor spaces. Colours and materials were thoughtfully chosen throughout the process to benefit the classic style of the home.

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Our Happy Clients

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.


Manley Homes Manley Homes

For an architect, Jan’s not an idiot.

Dave Maguire Builder

PlaceMate is trustworthy. If they say they’ll do something, they do it. The finished product makes us all look good. Some architects are really expensive, and the owners have to wait a year to see them. PlaceMate gives just as good a service, quicker and at a reasonable price

Nathan Forbes Rise Constructions

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

Our Client Success Team

Placemate Architects works with successful and innovative clients. Together we achieve significant and lasting transformations of cities, houses and landscapes.