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

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

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

For an architect, Jan’s not an idiot.

Dave Maguire Builder

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.