Brisbane Modern Architecture (Built 2020)

Owner’s Dream

Damian and Mirella envisioned a beautiful, large new-build family home in Stafford Heights, Brisbane. As generous entertainers and parents to three teenagers, they needed a home with a range of spaces for family and friends to be together and share meals, along with spaces to be apart. They wanted their home to be internally spacious and effortlessly functional, but private and unpretentious from the street. It needed to trigger all the senses; integrate the classical elements of earth, air, wood, fire and water, and feature copper and music.


Some must-have features of the design included: 5 bedrooms, multiple living areas, a home office, space for Nonna to live in the future, dog access and a pool. A family hobby was doing up old cars so there had to be a five-car garage with a workshop plus street level parking for daily use and generous storage everywhere.


Site Condition

An outdated 1950’s cottage sat on this picturesque property upon a steep hill in North Brisbane. It captured city views to the southwest plus an expansive outlook from Mount Coot-tha to Springbrook and the Port of Brisbane to Moreton Bay. The north aspect faces the street, where the owners wanted privacy. The cottage was demolished and replaced with PlaceMate Architects modern new build design.


Architectural Designer Solution

The kitchen is the heart of this home. Indoor and outdoor living spaces flow throughout the home, capturing views from the pool courtyard on the north, to the southern panorama. Visitors enter from an attractive narrow side yard leading up to the front door. Here the home pivots towards the main feature of the property – the breathtaking city views.


An open tread staircase and copper-faced feature wall divides the public spaces from private and service areas. These areas include a large laundry complete with drying deck, a cellar, a data room and a future media room. There are glimpses of stunning views in all directions as you ascend the stairs. The master suite features a wide picture window with panoramic city views; a luxurious ensuite; a double stacked walk-in-robe; and a private rooftop terrace with spa. The bathrooms are practical and decorative without being fussy.


The PlaceMate architectural team designed within Brisbane City Council rules for a straightforward approval and we collaborated with Rycon Constructions and their preferred consultants. The project came in on time and budget.


Project Partners 


Rycon Constructions 

Tel: (07) 3899 6355


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Client & Partner Testimonials

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

PlaceMate is trustworthy. If they say they’ll do something, they do it. The finished product makes us all look good. Some architects are really expensive, and the owners have to wait a year to see them. PlaceMate gives just as good a service, quicker and at a reasonable price

Nathan Forbes Rise Constructions

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.

Registered with Board of Architects Queensland

Registration Number 2457

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