Sue and Daren wanted to transform their traditional style Queenslander into an open-plan home with spacious living areas. It needed to accommodate for their family lifestyle and have access to plenty of natural light.
This Queenslander had been previously renovated three separate times. The clashing styles left a disjointed feel throughout the home.
The internal stairs were located in the middle of the living room, taking up unnecessary space and intruding on the visual flow. The beautiful large backyard and deck were a contrast to the lack of space inside.
Our design solution
PlaceMate architects completely transformed the living spaces of this Queenslander. The internal stairs were relocated to one side of the loungeroom, opening up a whole new area for the centre hub of the home.
PlaceMate architects decided to construct a pop-out butler’s pantry to give the new modern kitchen more space and flow. This triggered a simple town planning application that was approved in just 10 days.
The cramped windows separating the kitchen and deck were replaced with large glass sliding doors to allow constant natural light and fresh air into the home.
Client & Partner Testimonials
Thank you. I didn’t really understand the drawings, but now the house is finished I can see that you took my ideas and suggestions and made them beautiful. Everything is perfect. Every morning I say to my husband, I love this house.Frank and Vilma de Silva Owners
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.
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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
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