Owner’s dream

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.

Existing site

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. 


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Client & Partner Testimonials

PlaceMate is trustworthy. If they say they’ll do something, they do it. The finished product makes us all look good. Some architects are really expensive, and the owners have to wait a year to see them. PlaceMate gives just as good a service, quicker and at a reasonable price

Nathan Forbes Rise Constructions

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

Stephen Stone Owner

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

Our Client Success Team

Placemate Architects works with successful and innovative clients. Together we achieve significant and lasting transformations of cities, houses and landscapes.