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.”
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.
Our Happy Clients
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
Jan Hogarth has the wonderful ability to listen and focus on the clients brief enabling her to present a creative design, making certain to have incorporated the clients requirements.
Good communication is at the essence of completing great projects. We feel that Jan’s communication with all parties involved in a projects is exceptional, :- sub contractors, engineers, the principle contractor and clients.
Jan always presents herself professionally and deals with any situation calmly and promptly. My company has always enjoyed working on a great number of projects in which we have been jointly involved, several of which have been Award Winning Designs.Tom Ryan Building Contractor
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.
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.
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Placemate Architects works with successful and innovative clients. Together we achieve significant and lasting transformations of cities, houses and landscapes.