Mt Gravatt New Build Multi-Generational Family Home (Built 2022)

Owner’s Dream

The clients dreamt of building a duplex that combined comfort, functionality, and versatility. They wanted to create a multi-generational 5-bedroom home that could transform over time into 2 separate units when desired. For this, each unit would need all the amenities one could desire, including garages, storage spaces, and private yards. Additionally, the clients wanted a design that would blend seamlessly into the neighbourhood, eschewing ostentation for understated elegance.


Site Condition

The site presented both opportunities and challenges. Situated in a vibrant neighbourhood, privacy from the street was paramount. Additionally, practical considerations regarding the sewer and the need for fire separation between the units had to be planned. On a site of under 500 sqm, achieving generous ceiling heights was essential to ensure spacious and comfortable living environments. The site’s orientation was crucial, with North to the side, the internal layout had to respond to natural lighting and ventilation.


Architectural Designer Solution

To address the clients’ vision and site conditions, we crafted a large, two-story home clad in weatherboards and natural stone. Our solution blended contemporary design with timeless appeal, harmonizing with the surrounding streetscape while offering a modern aesthetic. We utilised every space efficiently, ensuring the residence boasted several spacious living areas, well-appointed bedrooms, and ample storage.


By incorporating distinct entrances on either side of the home and specific fire-rated separations, we provided the flexibility for the duplex to function as a cohesive home or two separate units. Additionally, we strategically positioned indoor and outdoor spaces to facilitate connection or privacy as desired, promoting a versatile sense of harmony.


MT GRAVATT NEW BUILD DUPLEX SOUTHERN ENTRY PORCH FRONT DOORFrom the driveway parking to the sunny alfrescos, every detail was meticulously considered. With little remaining site, the clients’ decision to invest in their landscaping allowed them to enjoy every inch of the surrounding property from the comfort of their living spaces.



Project partners


Stewart Harris Constructions


Integrated Construction Approvals


Kelvin Crofton & Associates CE


  1. Staging

    Tracey McLeod

  2. Landscaping

  3. Photographer

  4. Caco Photography


Client & Partner Testimonials

Builders build, tradies trade, but the architect has the vision and ideas. Thanks Jan for your wonderful suggestions.

Stephen Stone Owner

We knew we only had one chance to get the look and the acoustics right and the room also needed to work if we ever sold the home.PlaceMate took into account not just the acoustics, but also the aesthetics of the room. We are delighted with their work

Greg & Trish Elgar Brisbane

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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