PlaceMate HQ

Owner’s Vision

To economically develop four three-bedroom residences with generous indoor-outdoor living in leafy surrounds. To build a home and garden for her mother on the ground floor.

Existing property

Although the block faced north and was conveniently located overlooking a park, overland flow, flooding, a four metre crossfall, busy road, close neighbours, height restrictions and western exposure provided challenges.

Our solution

Use timber frame commercial construction techniques and standard fitout to keep build costs down.. Step the ceiling levels down over upper level bedrooms, to stay under the height limit, for faster planning approval. Open upper floor living areas to the views with timber decks built above metal roofs.  Create a toplit staircase as a community heart. Add extra acoustic insulation. Use colour for interest and mass definition Plant up every spare square metre of site with trees.

Our Happy Clients

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

Stephen Stone Owner

For an architect, Jan’s not an idiot.

Dave Maguire Builder

Jan has a great eye for detail. Her plans are very comprehensive and she thoughtfully considers every aspect of how her clients will live within the space she designs for them. She specialises in period homes and homes with character.

 

Manley Homes Manley Homes

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.

Registered with Board of Architects Queensland

Registration Number 2457

Our Client Success Team

Placemate Architects works with successful and innovative clients. Together we achieve significant and lasting transformations of cities, houses and landscapes.