Brisbane Queenslander Architecture (Built 2020)
The owners of this single-story Newmarket Queenslander wanted to expand their home for value, longevity and family living.
It needed to include four bedrooms, a guest room, a music room, a study and a large outdoor pool. The owner’s vision was to renovate their home in keeping with the traditional Queenslander style.
The site sits on a large sloping block of land. The existing structure had been well kept and the interior consisted of decorative art-deco plaster ceilings dating back to the 1920s.
As with many traditional Queenslander structures, the kitchen and main living areas were situated in the centre of the home. The interior felt cramped, and there was a lack of flow or complementary style throughout the home.
Architectural Designer Solution
PlaceMate Architects designed a life-changing renovation for the owners of this beautiful Queenslander.
The house was lifted and dug out underneath to build a second story. A modern kitchen, study, music room, and numerous living areas now reside on the lower level. The new lap pool extends out from a charming timber deck into the expansive garden. An internal stairway complete with skylight windows sits in the centre of the home, uniting the upstairs sleeping areas to the level below.
The house feels alive with light and fresh air flowing throughout the internal structure. The project was completed on time and within budget. PlaceMate Architects’ design saved the owners over $200000 compared to a previous architecture concept, all while capturing the detailed character of a charming traditional Queenslander home.
Builder – Bruin Builders
Certifier – Integrated Construction Approvals
Engineer – Adstructure
Client & Partner Testimonials
Jan, you did a fantastic job translating our unformed ideas into a classy home, fulfilling all our requirements. We are most impressed that you were able to design such a unique and spacious home on a small block and yet one that blends in with the ambience of the suburb without being ostentatious. Your choice of building materials was inspired and the design incorporating the high ceiling in the living/dining/kitchen area impresses everyone who sees it. We also appreciated your no-nonsense, straightforward, approach to the whole project. Congratulations on a great jobLola & Ian Binch Owners
For an architect, Jan’s not an idiot.Dave Maguire Builder
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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