Brisbane Queenslander Architecture (Built 2017)
The owners of this Queenslander cottage wanted to remodel their home to complement their beautiful tropical plant-filled garden. The renovation needed to uphold the intimacy of the original home while bringing inside their incredible backyard experience. The owners needed another bedroom and the main living areas were to be updated in a modern fashion for longevity, functionality and view.
The property was located on a gently sloping site in South-East Brisbane. The small cottage comprised of two bedrooms and one main living area. The home had been extended in the 50s and all indoor living areas had no access to the beautiful garden view. The kitchen felt cramped and inconvenient, and there was a distinct lack of flow between the indoors and outside.
Architectural Designer Solution
PlaceMate Architects decided to flip the layout of the house and moved the kitchen and main living areas closer to the garden. A beautiful timber deck connects the modern kitchen to the backyard, and corner stacking doors allow for flow between inside and the lush outdoors. A set of solid wood terraced steps sit between the deck and garden to unite it all together. The central living areas now feel fresh and full of life.
By moving the kitchen and living areas, the cottage now had space for an extra bedroom. PlaceMate Architects redesigned the original rooms and new bedroom to sit on an elevated level so the stunning view could be accessed from almost any section of the home.
The project came in on time and budget, and the owners of this unique home could not be more pleased with the outcome of their forever home.
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Client & Partner Testimonials
Builders build, tradies trade, but the architect has the vision and ideas. Thanks Jan for your wonderful suggestions.Stephen Stone Owner
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
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
Our decision to work with Placemate Architects meant we got what we wanted,
on time and on budget.
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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