The owners of this Queenslander cottage wanted to renovate their home to complement their beautiful tropical plant-filled garden. The home makeover needed to uphold the intimacy of the original home while bringing inside their exquisite backyard experience. The owners wanted another bedroom, and the kitchen and living areas were to be updated in a modern fashion for longevity, functionality and view.
Existing Site & House
The property was located in South-East Brisbane and sat on a gently sloping site. 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 lack of flow between the indoors and outside.
Our 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 fresh kitchen to the backyard, and corner stacking doors allow for flow between the living areas and outdoors. A set of solid wood terraced steps sit between the deck and garden to unite it all together.
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 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.
Client & Partner Testimonials
My favourite real estate agent said “Your renovations are fabulous, I still think you have best designed kitchen“ I must say I agree with her. I do love my little place and my beautiful kitchen makes me happy every day.Jenny Doust Ashgrove
Renovating our home with the assistance of Placement and their relationship with Phil Maher Builder was essentially a stress free adventure.
PlaceMate worked with us to achieve our dream home. Our home was modernised without losing the charm of a post war cottage.
Our house has become a functional, open & light filled home. Which is now the central family meeting place.
We even discovered that Architects, Engineers and Builders DO get on and work well together.
Even though our budget was small, through the architectural skills and listening skills, PlaceMate turned our needs into the home we wanted.Beth & John Owners
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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