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

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

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 designs topped the state at the Queensland Master Builders Association Housing & Construction Awards for best use of a sloping site over $250,000 for two contemporary townhouses built on a 500sqm site that dropped 10 meters from a busy road. All four bedrooms and living areas captured the city views.

 

Best renovation $250-$500,000

PlaceMate designs took home the prize at the Queensland Master Builders Association Housing & Construction Awards for the best renovation $250,000 – $500,000 for a 1910 cast concrete Californian bungalow-style house in Indooroopilly. The winning design unified alterations undertaken in the 50s, 70s and 80s and added a new wing.

Recognised in The Courier-Mail

PlaceMate’s skills were recognised in The Courier-Mail in January 2016 for our transformation of a Shorncliffe residence originally built around 1910.

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