Brisbane Residential New Build Architecture (Built 2018)
Mt Gravatt Contemporary Classic
The grandparents wanted to build a modern five-bedroom forever home for their daughter and grandchildren. They needed an open-plan living style, with a large pool at the heart of the home. There had to be entertainment rooms located away from noise, as well as a self-contained living area where they as Grandparents might move in to one day. It had to feel expansive and spacious while being completely private and secure.
The lot was located in South Brisbane on a gently elevated, quiet suburban street lined with 1950s houses. The property itself was mostly flat with the long side facing north, allowing for abundant natural light and breeze.
Architectural Designer Solution
PlaceMate Architects constructed a modern new build that suited exactly to the family’s needs. A one-storey living pavilion sits in the courtyard of the garden and pool, creating a vista from front to back. A two-storey bedroom wing runs east-west on the south side of the block. The upper floor boasts a picturesque panoramic outlook, and all bedrooms face the pool out to wider views.
The central kitchen is framed by the two-story building, flowing through its large corner doors to the indoor and outdoor living areas. The south wall contains all the back-of-house areas, including a slatted drying area and bike store. A large garage and laundry lay tucked out of sight, along with plentiful space for storage. The house is designed so it can never be built out or overlooked.
A limited neutral palette of materials was used to design the home: black brick, polished concrete, pale grey walls and glass warmed by the timber features. These combine to create a classic, fresh look. The exquisite bespoke details are a testament to the creative collaboration between the owners, designers and master craftsmen.
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Client & Partner Testimonials
Jan Hogarth has the wonderful ability to listen and focus on the client’s brief enabling her to present a creative design, making certain to have incorporated the client’s requirements. Good communication is the essence of completing great projects. We feel that Jan’s communication with all parties involved in a project is exceptional; – subcontractors, engineers, the principal 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 (retired builder) Retired Builder
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 jobLola & Ian Binch 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.
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