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 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

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 job

Lola & Ian Binch Owners

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.


Manley Homes Manley Homes

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

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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