Owners Dream

The owners of this beautiful old Queenslander wanted to transform their tired property into a comfortable home to retire in. It needed to have multiple areas for entertaining guests, as well as a pool and garden.

Site Condition

This three-room narrow Queensland cottage sat on a high ridge. It featured enclosed verandas on both sides with views to the Taylor Range, Mt Cotton and the city, but these views were hidden from inside the house. The previous owner had kept the property for 40 years, but the charming cottage and once beautiful garden had become worn and outdated.

Design Solution

PlaceMate Architects lifted the house and created three upstairs bedrooms. Open-plan living spaces were built in underneath, and the guest area and garages now extend down the hill. The internal structure of the house was recreated in traditional Queenslander style, with a country kitchen as the hub of the house. Traditional and crafted detail was thoughtfully included throughout the renovation process.   

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Client & Partner Testimonials

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

My favourite real estate agent said “Your renovations are fabulous, I still think you have best designed kitchen“ I must say I agree with her. I do love my little place and my beautiful kitchen makes me happy every day.

Jenny Doust Ashgrove

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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