Brisbane Renovation Architecture (Built 2017)

Owners Dream – Enoggera Modern Pod

These Enoggera cottage dwellers wanted to add space to their modest, three-bedroom home, while also keeping everything cost effective.

Site Condition

This Enoggera modernist 50s cottage with low-to-the-ground timber floors retained an easy casual connection with the outside. On the inside, however, rooms were compact, and the bathroom felt cramped.

Design Solution

Enoggera Modern Pod

To minimise the costs of the renovation, PlaceMate suggested minimal alteration to the original structure by instead adding value with a two-storey pod outside the kitchen. This pod would house the family room and the laundry on the ground floor, and a master suite at the top of a winding staircase. We bumped out under the eaves to enlarge the bathroom and tucked the shower behind the red tile wall at the back of the vanity.

Any lines between old and new were blurred with the use of materials, roof shape and colours that echo the original house. Stacker doors and windows were installed to encourage easy flow from inside to outside. We also installed open corners to make any compact rooms appear much larger. Storage is everywhere in this pod, even built into a long window seat under the stairs. The owners’ subsequent design decision to open up the existing kitchen to the living room created even more space.

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Client & Partner Testimonials

PlaceMate Architects made my house into a home – my home. It’s the little things about this space that make it mine. From the display cabinet in main entrance to the pink hatch I requested in the bathroom, this space has been transformed to suit my needs. The team came up with suggestions that they presented in a way that was easy to visualise. The process was quick, the communication was clear, and their imagination was invaluable.  

Alaska Montford Owner

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

Jan, you did a fantastic job translating our unformed ideas into a classy home, fulfilling all our requirements. We are most impressed that you were able to design such a unique and spacious home on a small block and yet one that blends in with the ambience of the suburb without being ostentatious. Your choice of building materials was inspired and the design incorporating the high ceiling in the living/dining/kitchen area impresses everyone who sees it. We also appreciated your no-nonsense, straightforward, approach to the whole project. Congratulations on a great job

Lola & Ian Binch Owners

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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