Brisbane Residential New Build Architecture (Built 2016)
Ian and Lola wanted to downsize from their very large home on acreage to an easy-care, four-bedroom property in My Gravatt. They needed the same level of privacy and security they were used to on their large property. Between trips away, their home was a family hub that required multiple spacious indoor areas for living and entertainment. The style brief was the embodiment of its owners: “immaculately tidy, discrete, modern and classy.”
The site was perfect for the task – a flat, elevated block on a located on a quiet residential street in Brisbane’s southern suburbs. The block had a north facing aspect, proving excellent potential for a new build family home.
Architectural Designer Solution
The design PlaceMate Architects developed for Ian and Lola suited exactly to their needs – discrete, modern and classy.
To create privacy and a sense of space, the house is positioned at the back of the block to create a generous north-western courtyard loop. The interior of the house has two main spaces: an open-plan living area with a terrace, and a large master suite. The living area boasts 3.6-metre-high ceilings with wide doors and clerestory windows. The 1200mm-wide kitchen 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. Such details are carefully placed and proportioned throughout the home to help create the perfect family space. The new build came in on time and budget and the owner’s could not be more pleased with their forever home.
Client & Partner Testimonials
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.
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
I have been working with Jan on small and large projects for over 15 years. These ranged from small extensions to very complex projects, one which was awarded the Master Builders best renovation over 250 k and the quality and workmanship award. Working with Jan has always been a pleasure, and despite whatever difficulties a large renovation throws your way, Jan always displays the ability to work though it, providing the best result and a pleasurable working relationship. Jan’s designs are practical, efficient and work for the needs of the client. I can speak for this as Jan designed my home in Camp Hill.Stewart Harris 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
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