The owners of this beautiful property wanted to revamp their home into an old-style, relaxed country homestead. They needed a tranquil home where they could develop their boutique distillery, care for rescued horses, entertain and host guests for extended stays.
The house as it was lacked a sense of presence. Entry was along a side path, past the bathroom windows and through a poorly positioned sliding door. It had a scant connection to its extraordinary location – the ridge of Terranora over paddocks to the north, the blue hills of northern NSW, the Tweed River and cane fields to the south. Only the well-sized floor area and adequate bedroom structure precluded demolition and starting from scratch.
PlaceMate Architects transformed this property to benefit from and to its surroundings. We added on three elements common to traditional homesteads: a ‘stables wing’ to house a garage, office and loft; a ‘side verandah’ as entry; and a ‘great room’ with a raked ceiling on a north-south cross axis.
At one end of the home, the great room roof extended into a north terrace down to the paddocks. At the other, a river terrace with a truncated gable framed a sunset silhouette of Mt Warning. Sandstone walls marked the main entry. Inside, we designed a range of spaces to sit, dine and relax detailed with neutral colours, natural textures and heritage features. Independent living was made possible with a self-contained flat on one side of the house, including a master suite with a picturesque outlook in both directions.
What resulted was a calm, balanced interior that immediately increased the home’s scale and presence in the landscape.
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
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 clients brief enabling her to present a creative design, making certain to have incorporated the clients requirements.
Good communication is at the essence of completing great projects. We feel that Jan’s communication with all parties involved in a projects is exceptional, :- sub contractors, engineers, the principle 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 Building Contractor
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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