Mitchelton – Forever Home
Stephen and Lynne wanted to return Brisbane to be near family and enjoy the simple pleasures of life. They wanted a forever haven to enjoy as a couple, separate work areas and the space to entertain family and friends. The style had to be calm and classical to remind them of Paris, complement exquisite mantlepieces hand-crafted by Stephen… and incorporate a secret wine cellar.
This original Queenslander had been built on land which rose steeply from the road. Extended in the 50s and 80s, it had been painted in 10 different colours. All the rooms felt small, hot and boxy, and a driveway separated the garden.
We raised the original house 1.5m and opened it in three directions to create flow for view and air from the rear garden, side frangipani and expansive front outlook. We made everything revolve around the kitchen island. We placed the carport on the street frontage and excavated under the house to create space for a new entry, family room, study, guest room and cellar. The side stairway now has a frameless glass corner to capture unexpected city views. The bathroom features the beautifully restored original clawfoot bath. The details are symmetrical and balanced with a pale neutral palette lifted by duck egg blue.
Our Happy Clients
Builders build, tradies trade, but the architect has the vision and ideas. Thanks Jan for your wonderful suggestions.Stephen Stone Owner
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.
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 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.
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