Mt Gravatt

Owner’s dream

Ian and Lola wanted to downsize from their very large home on acreage to an easy-care, four-bedroom suburban home. They needed the same level of privacy and security they were used to living on a large property. Between trips away, their home was a family hub that required multiple spacious living areas. The style brief was the embodiment of its owners: “immaculately tidy, discrete, modern and classy.”

Existing site

The site was perfect for the task – a flat, elevated suburban block on a quiet street. While it had no views, it had a good side aspect facing the north.

Our design solution (built by Stewart Harris)

The home PlaceMate Architects designed for Ian and Lola suits exactly to their needs – discrete, modern and classy.

To create privacy and a sense of space, the house is positioned at the backside of the property 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.

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Our Happy Clients

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

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 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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