Brisbane Queenslander Architecture (Built 2020)

Owner’s Dream

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.

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

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.

Project Partners

Builder – Bruin Builders

www.bruinbuilders.com.au

Certifier – Integrated Construction Approvals

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Engineer – Adstructure

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Client & Partner Testimonials

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

PlaceMate made my house into a home – my home. It’s the little things about this space that make it mine. From the display cabinet in main entrance to the pink hatch I requested in the bathroom, this space has been transformed to suit my needs. The team came up with suggestions that they presented in a way that was easy to visualise. The process was quick, the communication was clear, and their imagination was invaluable.  

Alaska Montford Owner

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.

 

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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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