Paddington Cottage & Pod
Richard and Ray were seeking a private haven of peace and comfort with all the convenience of an inner-city lifestyle that would also easily fit the template of a standard family home. When the council refused their demolition application, the couple approached PlaceMate to assess the property’s potential for renovation.
The original workers cottage was roughly made and raw but still fairly intact despite decades of tenants. The small lot was in a flood zone, rising from a busy road, facing south over a park and included a mysterious old pipe running across the middle of the block. One side of the cottage was so close to the boundary, its window hoods encroached on the neighbours’ property, while the other side fit a driveway. Add to that a series of fibro built-ins and rear verandahs that became progressively lower. You couldn’t see much of the rising north-facing back yard or use it. The house was not insulated. It was hot, pokey and dark with no outlook.
The original cottage remains in precisely the same position, to avoid triggering complex town planning and Building Code approvals. The back verandahs and fibro were demolished, then dug in flat from the kerb for parking. The original cottage is now a two-bedroom guest zone. Behind it, a second “two-storey Queenslander” replicates the cottage roof and details. The old driveway is now a staircase and access path to the middle of the house. Internally, open stairs mark the transition between old and new. The open plan living area opens to the guest sitting room in front, and to a terrace and courtyard at the back. On both new levels views extend right through the back fence to Moreton Bay figs in the park opposite. It feels much larger than its floor area. Big corner doors at the top of the stairs slide back to an indoor-outdoor verandah with outlook across the park. The owners’ bedroom, ensuite, study and back verandah have glimpses across rooftops to the city, trees and hills beyond. It is light, airy and catches every breeze. The builders’ craftsmanship is evident in every detail.
Our Happy Clients
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
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
Thank you. I didn’t really understand the drawings, but now the house is finished I can see that you took my ideas and suggestions and made them beautiful. Everything is perfect. Every morning I say to my husband, I love this house.Frank and Vilma de Silva Owners
Best use of a steep site
PlaceMate designs topped the state at the Queensland Master Builders Association Housing & Construction Awards for best use of a sloping site over $250,000 for two contemporary townhouses built on a 500sqm site that dropped 10 meters from a busy road. All four bedrooms and living areas captured the city views.
Best renovation $250-$500,000
PlaceMate designs took home the prize at the Queensland Master Builders Association Housing & Construction Awards for the best renovation $250,000 – $500,000 for a 1910 cast concrete Californian bungalow-style house in Indooroopilly. The winning design unified alterations undertaken in the 50s, 70s and 80s and added a new wing.
Recognised in The Courier-Mail
PlaceMate’s skills were recognised in The Courier-Mail in January 2016 for our transformation of a Shorncliffe residence originally built around 1910.
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