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 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

We engaged Jan and her team at Placemate for our small block renovation in West End, Brisbane. Fantastic result, Jan’s creative genius solved tricky problems related to BCC restrictions and what we were aiming to achieve. Renovation is now finished (Yay!) and throughout the process they were extremely helpful (thanks Amy!), again, jumping in to solve unforeseen technical issues. Everyone who visits always comment on what a clever use of space, thanks Placemate!

Jason Hawkins and Diana Tolmie Owners

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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