Graceville – Tropical Small Lot

Owner’s dream

A South American-Australian couple wanted an modern house for their two young children on a very tight budget. It had to be unassuming, secure and private from the street, and completely open, light and flowing inside. It had to feel large and clean and minimal with lots of greenery and living spaces around a pool and a large island bench.

The site

A flat small lot in a quiet street in a suburb with many Queenslanders. The back of the house opens to the north. The neighbours are so close, you can almost touch them.

Our design solution

The two-storey home is inspired by nearby Queenslanders and uses standard project home construction, for the best value. The centre of the house flows around a glassy courtyard and open stairs, bringing light, air and lush greenery to all the spaces. The double height alfresco beside the pool, and overlooked by the Master bedroom balcony, feels enormous. Doors and windows are carefully positioned to screen out the neighbours and frame distant city glimpses, creating an illusion of endless space.

A limited neutral palette of materials and textures creates a classic, restful look, while plenty of built-in storage allows the rooms to appear effortlessly tidy.

The project came in on time, and budget.

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Our Happy Clients

We knew we only had one chance to get the look and the acoustics right and the room also needed to work if we ever sold the home.PlaceMate took into account not just the acoustics, but also the aesthetics of the room. We are delighted with their work

Greg & Trish Elgar Brisbane

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

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.

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.