Mt Gravatt

Owner’s dream

Ian and Lola wanted to downsize from a very large home on acreage to an easy-care four-bedroom suburban home. Used to having no visible neighbours, they wanted privacy and security on a single level. Between trips, their home was a family hub and needed to have generous indoor-outdoor living spaces of calm and ease. The style brief was the embodiment of its owners: “immaculately tidy, discrete, modern and classy.”

Existing site

The site – a flat, elevated suburban block on a quiet street was a builder’s dream. It had no views, but good side aspect to the north

Our design solution (built by Stewart Harris)

The home is very plain from the street, with two main spaces: an open plan living area and terrace, and a master suite. Everything else is a support act. To create privacy and a sense of space with angled outlook, we pushed the house to the back and side to create a generous wrap-around north-western courtyard. The open living area has a 3.6-metre-high ceiling with wide doors and clerestory windows. Details are carefully placed and proportioned. The 1200mm-wide island bench has a storage upstand that shields clutter from view. Acoustic baffling over the kitchen absorbs the echo and creates a sense of peace.

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Our Happy Clients

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

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

For an architect, Jan’s not an idiot.

Dave Maguire Builder

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.

Registered with Board of Architects Queensland

Registration Number 2457

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