Brisbane Renovation Architecture (Built 2015)

Owners Dream – Paddington Stunning Views

These homeowners were after a renovation to make the most of their home in inner-city Paddington stunning 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

Paddington Stunning Views

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

We engaged Jan and her team at Placemate for our small block renovation in West End, Brisbane. Fantastic result, Jan’s creative genius solved tricky problems related to BCC restrictions and what we were aiming to achieve. Renovation is now finished (Yay!) and throughout the process they were extremely helpful (thanks Amy!), again, jumping in to solve unforeseen technical issues. Everyone who visits always comment on what a clever use of space, thanks Placemate!

Jason Hawkins and Diana Tolmie 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

Jan Hogarth has the wonderful ability to listen and focus on the client’s brief enabling her to present a creative design, making certain to have incorporated the client’s requirements. Good communication is the essence of completing great projects. We feel that Jan’s communication with all parties involved in a project is exceptional; – subcontractors, engineers, the principal 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 (retired builder) Retired 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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