Brisbane Residential New Build Architecture (Built 2018)
Two 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 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
Renovating our home with the assistance of Placement and their relationship with Phil Maher Builder was essentially a stress free adventure.
PlaceMate worked with us to achieve our dream home. Our home was modernised without losing the charm of a post war cottage.
Our house has become a functional, open & light filled home. Which is now the central family meeting place.
We even discovered that Architects, Engineers and Builders DO get on and work well together.
Even though our budget was small, through the architectural skills and listening skills, PlaceMate turned our needs into the home we wanted.Beth & John 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.
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Registration Number 2457
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