Brisbane Small Lot Architecture


Owner’s dream

The owners of this new build wanted to construct a modern home on a minimal budget to raise their young family in. The structure needed to be unassuming, minimalist and private from the street view. There needed to be a sense of flow throughout the open-plan home and access to plenty of natural light and fresh air. The backyard needed to contain a large tropical garden, a modern pool and covered outdoor entertaining space.


The site

This small, flat lot was located in East Brisbane in a quiet suburb surrounded by other Queenslanders. A 1950’s post-war cottage had originally been built on the site, with the back of the property opening up to the north. The site was also situated in a flood zone, so our architectural design needed to be considerate of the applicable planning and zoning requirements. Neighbouring houses pressed up against the boundary fencing so the design needed to be discreet and private. 


Architectural designer solution

PlaceMate Architects designed a beautiful two-storey home inspired by the neighbouring Queenslanders. The centre of the house flows around a grassy courtyard and open stairs, bringing in light, air and lush greenery to all indoor spaces. The master bedroom is situated above the modern outdoor entertaining area, complete with a balcony overlooking the backyard and large double-height alfresco.

Sliding glass doors and big windows were carefully positioned to screen out the neighbours and frame distant city glimpses. This creates an illusion of endless space and flow throughout the internal structure. A limited neutral palette of materials and textures enhance the minimalist style, and nifty hidden built-in storage compartments help the space appear effortlessly organised.

PlaceMate Architects designed the property with standard home building procedures to ensure the most cost-effective method of construction. The owners of this property were thrilled with the result of their new forever home, and the project came in on time and on budget.



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Client & Partner Testimonials

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

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

For an architect, Jan’s not an idiot.

Dave Maguire Builder

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.

Registered with Board of Architects Queensland

Registration Number 2457

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