Graceville – 2011 flood makeover

Owners Dream

A three-bedroom home, five metres high and flowing effortlessly down to the in-ground pool, that would allow them to adapt to future floods and ensure that they would never be homeless again. A Queenslander from the street, but inside, a contemporary home, full of light and air.

Site Condition

This 1950’s post-war cottage had been altered three times before it was flooded to above-door height. The original rooms were small and dark, with little connection to the outdoors. It looked nondescript from the street, but had perfect north aspect out the back, overlooking the pool.

Design Solution

Locate the whole house at the top level, so the family could live there after the next flood. Change window and door positions to create view and breeze lines. Locate garage, laundry and stairs 1.5 metres above ground and design each to be either water blasted or replaced cheaply. The open stairwell and double height deck beside the pool creates vertical flow and unifies the levels. A heavy-duty driveway deck, new front roof and verandah grounds the height of the house.

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Our Happy Clients

Thank you. I didn’t really understand the drawings, but now the house is finished I can see that you took my ideas and suggestions and made them beautiful. Everything is perfect. Every morning I say to my husband, I love this house.

Frank and Vilma de Silva 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

Jan Hogarth has the wonderful ability to listen and focus on the clients brief enabling her to present a creative design, making certain to have incorporated the clients requirements.

Good communication is at the essence of completing great projects. We feel that Jan’s communication with all parties involved in a projects is exceptional, :- sub contractors, engineers, the principle contractor and clients.

Jan always presents herself professionally and deals with any situation calmly and promptly. My company has always enjoyed working on a great number of projects in which we have been jointly involved, several of which have been Award Winning Designs.

Tom Ryan Building Contractor

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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