Brisbane Renovation Architecture (Built 2015)

Owners Dream

These Paddington homeowners were after a renovation to make the most of their stunning Brisbane city views. They also dreamed of having a more cohesive home and to incorporate an extra two bathrooms.

Site Condition

The Paddington site was very steep, offering city views from every level. However, these views could only be appreciated from a couple of spots as the room arrangements were disjointed and dark and showcased cluttered detailing. Privacy was an issue as the house side windows looked directly into the neighbours 3m away. The bathroom and guest room opened on to the kitchen, making the house feel quite constrained despite its large size. A lovely pool sat where it couldn’t be viewed from anywhere inside the house. Plus, the homeowners needed two extra bathrooms.

Design Solution

PlaceMate left the structural shell and roof of the house the same (to avoid town planning issues) and gutted the main living area. With this empty space we installed a linear kitchen, creating vistas from front to back plus walls for art. A generous outdoor living area was framed by new doors and windows. The top floor grew by four square metres to fit an extra bathroom and windows were rearranged to overlook the pool. The house side windows were closed screened or moved for light with complete privacy. PlaceMate replaced the dingy, colonial ensuite with a light natural resort-style one.

All the surfaces from street to pool were simplified and streamlined to frame rather than detract from the views, and a stainless-steel rod balustrade elegantly echoed the traditional handrails. The house now feels light, open and flowing. PlaceMate designed this house so that every living space and bedroom has either city or water views, and that is exactly how the house came to be.

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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

Builders build, tradies trade, but the architect has the vision and ideas. Thanks Jan for your wonderful suggestions.

Stephen Stone Owner

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.

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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