Brisbane Queenslander Architecture (Built 2017)
The owners of this Queenslander cottage in Oxley 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 Oxley, 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. As a result, the kitchen felt cramped and inconvenient, and there was a distinct lack of flow between the indoors and outside.
Architectural Design 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 the inside and the lush outdoors. A set of solid wood terraced steps sit between the deck and garden to unite it all together. Thus, 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.
Builder – Terry Cook
Certifier – Integrated Construction Approvals
Engineer – Kelvin Krofton
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
Jan Hogarth has the wonderful ability to listen and focus on the clients brief enabling her to present a creative design, making certain to have incorporated the clients requirements.
Good communication is at the essence of completing great projects. We feel that Jan’s communication with all parties involved in a projects is exceptional, :- sub contractors, engineers, the principle contractor and clients.
Jan always presents herself professionally and deals with any situation calmly and promptly. My company has always enjoyed working on a great number of projects in which we have been jointly involved, several of which have been Award Winning Designs.Tom Ryan Building Contractor
PlaceMate is trustworthy. If they say they’ll do something, they do it. The ﬁnished product makes us all look good. Some architects are really expensive, and the owners have to wait a year to see them. PlaceMate gives just as good a service, quicker and at a reasonable priceNathan Forbes Rise Constructions
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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