Brisbane Queenslander Architecture (Built 2020)

Owner’s Dream

Newmarket Queenslander Delivers City Views

The owners of this single-story Newmarket Queenslander wanted to expand their home for value, longevity, and family living. In addition, 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 of the existing home. 

Site Condition

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

City Views From Newmarket Queenslander

PlaceMate Architects designed a life-changing renovation for the owners of this beautiful Newmarket 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 for the Newmarket Queenslander saved the owners over $200,000 compared to a previous architectural concept, all while capturing the detailed character of a charming traditional inner-city home.

CITY VIEWS FROM NEWMARKET QUEENSLANDER GROUND FLOOR PLAN CITY VIEWS FROM NEWMARKET QUEENSLANDER FIRST FLOOR PLAN

Project Partners

Builder

Bruin Builders

www.bruinbuilders.com.au

 

Certifier

Integrated Construction Approvals

www.constructionapprovals.com.au

 

Engineer

Adstructure

www.adstructure.com.au

 

Photographer

Hannah Puechmarin

www.hannahpuechmarin.com

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 job

Lola & Ian Binch Owners

For an architect, Jan’s not an idiot.

Dave Maguire 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
Constructions.

Our decision to work with Placemate Architects meant we got what we wanted,
on time and on budget.

Stephen and Lynne Day New

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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