Brisbane Renovation Architecture (Built 2019)

Owner’s Dream

These Hamilton homeowners wanted to deck out their entertaining area – quite literally. The existing deck wasn’t cutting it, and their dream was to extend it out and use it as their main living area, fit with functionality and gorgeous Brisbane city views.


Site Condition

This wonderful Hamilton home sits in a fabulous position, and although the site is steep, it is well worth the panoramic views. When looking out from the back deck, you are able to gaze upon the expanses of the river, Brisbane city and mountains.

 However, because the house faces southwest, the noon to afternoon sun would rear its ugly head when the family just wanted to enjoy the city views. This is a classic architectural challenge – when the best part of the house doubles as the worst part of the house.

During its life, this house has been altered several times, causing the interiors to seem slightly disjointed. The owners wanted the rooms to echo each other and flow through seamlessly and effortlessly.


Design Solution

PlaceMate’s design solution was to extend the deck out as far as possible, maximising the living space with the gorgeous city views. We were also able to enclose the sitting area of the original deck as an extra room and fit it with beautiful, wide windows.

If we could move the sun we would, but alas, the flaming ball of gas in the sky just had to be worked around. To do this we equipped the house with automatic shades that rolled down when the sun was at its hottest. This kept the deck nice and cool from afternoon into evening, allowing the family to entertain large groups of people at any given time.

While PlaceMate was on the job, we redesigned the kitchen, listening to what the homeowners wanted. One of the main aspects they had requested was a larger kitchen, and we delivered. With the help of interior genius, Paul Popham, we enlarged the pantry space and made the home seem more flowing and cohesive.


Project Partners


Tom Ryan Builders 

(07) 3263 5802 



Popham Interiors


Client & Partner Testimonials

Our experience with Placemate Architects was outstanding. They did three
things we appreciated, and nothing we didn’t.

They focused on understanding our needs and what we wanted.

They, Jan specifically, consistently generated creative design options to
assist in the extraordinary number of decisions that need to be made from
the very big to the very small.

And they matched us with exactly the right builder, the excellent Harris

Our decision to work with Placemate Architects meant we got what we wanted,
on time and on budget.

Stephen and Lynne Day New

Builders build, tradies trade, but the architect has the vision and ideas. Thanks Jan for your wonderful suggestions.

Stephen Stone Owner

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

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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