Brisbane Residential New Build Architecture (Built 2016)

Owner’s Dream

Mt Gravatt Modern Home

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


Site Condition

The site was perfect for the task – a flat, elevated block on a located on a quiet residential street in Brisbane’s southern suburbs. The block had a north facing aspect, proving excellent potential for a new build family home.


Architectural Designer Solution

The design PlaceMate Architects developed for Ian and Lola suited exactly to their needs – discrete, modern and classy. 

They wanted to create privacy as well as a sense of space. The house is positioned at the back of the block 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 to help create the perfect family space. The new build came in on time and budget and the owners could not be more pleased with their forever home. They were so pleased with the generously proportioned home that they decided to build again. This time for other family members to appreciate and enjoy!


Project Partners



Stewart Harris

Tel: 0413673491



BC Certifiers



Kelvin Krofton

Tel: (07)33796944


Tracey McLeod


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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

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.

Stephen and Lynne Day New

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

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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