Brisbane Queenslander Architecture (Built 2019)
Owners’ dream was a lift and build renovation
Daniel and Jane moved to Brisbane from Scotland with their young family to embrace Australia’s warm climate. Their dream was to renovate their outdated Queenslander into a generous, open-plan family home for a relaxing haven in their busy lives. Jane’s style was classic Georgian, while Daniel preferred classic 60s. PlaceMate Architects’ design solution was a lift and build renovation under the existing house at Auchenflower.
The existing property was located in central Brisbane on a sloping site that fell from the street onto a large north-facing backyard. A low-deck roof obstructed a picturesque view of the other side of the valley. The main living room was dark and had too many doors taking up precious space. Disconnected from the ground below and with a complicated layout, this once grand but shabby Queenslander did not suit family life.
Architectural Designer Solution
PlaceMate Architects designed the total makeover to expand and open into the suburban valley garden.
We decided to lift and build under the house to avoid obstructing neighbouring residential views. The verandas were restored to their former glory and the arches reconstructed into private rooms. The garage was positioned at the front of the house, and the original front door was reinstated on the lower level.
A sky window was built above the stairs, and floor platforms progressively widen further down the property. They eventuate into a wide open-plan living area with 3.6m ceilings. This opens on to a double-height terrace and wet edge pool, surrounded by terraced play areas and a beautiful tropical garden.
Interior details reference the family’s journey. The white timber and leadlight detailing respects the Queenslander’s traditional past while the polished concrete floors, restored fireplace and window seats reflect modern life. Aqua and gold tiles were purposely used to symbolise water and the sun in a tropical paradise.
Daniel and Jane had input on every part of the design and construction process. It was built on time and on a budget in a style that suited both their tastes and left them with their perfect forever home.
Builder – Stewart Harris
Certifier – Integrated Construction Approvals
Engineer – Kelvin Krofton
Client & Partner Testimonials
I have been working with Jan on small and large projects for over 15 years. These ranged from small extensions to very complex projects, one which was awarded the Master Builders best renovation over 250 k and the quality and workmanship award. Working with Jan has always been a pleasure, and despite whatever difficulties a large renovation throws your way, Jan always displays the ability to work though it, providing the best result and a pleasurable working relationship. Jan’s designs are practical, efficient and work for the needs of the client. I can speak for this as Jan designed my home in Camp Hill.Stewart Harris Builder
Builders build, tradies trade, but the architect has the vision and ideas. Thanks Jan for your wonderful suggestions.Stephen Stone Owner
Jan, you did a fantastic job translating our unformed ideas into a classy home, fulfilling all our requirements. We are most impressed that you were able to design such a unique and spacious home on a small block and yet one that blends in with the ambience of the suburb without being ostentatious. Your choice of building materials was inspired and the design incorporating the high ceiling in the living/dining/kitchen area impresses everyone who sees it. We also appreciated your no-nonsense, straightforward, approach to the whole project. Congratulations on a great jobLola & Ian Binch Owners
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.
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