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

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.

Stephen and Lynne Day New

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

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

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

Our Client Success Team

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