Upper Mt Gravatt
Two grandparents wanted to build a five-bedroom forever home for their daughter and grandchildren. They needed an open plan living space, with a large pool at the heart of the house. There had to be entertainment rooms located away from noise, as well as a cluster of rooms 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 on a gently elevated, quiet street lined with 1950s houses. The property itself was mostly flat with the long side facing the north, allowing for abundant natural light and breeze.
Our design solution (built by Stewart Harris)
PlaceMate architects constructed a home 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 and 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 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 look. The exquisite bespoke details are a testament to the creative collaboration between the owners, designers and master craftsmen.
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.
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
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.
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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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