Newmarket Queenslander

Reimagining the charm of a classic

Owners Dream

The owners of this single-story Newmarket Queenslander wanted to expand their home for value, longevity and family living. It needed to included four bedrooms, a guest room, a music room, a study and a large outdoor pool. Their vision was to renovate their home in keeping with the traditional Queenslander style.

Existing House

The existing property was located on a large sloping block of land. The home itself had been well kept and was of good quality and condition. The interior of the home consisted of decorative art-deco plaster ceilings dating back to the 1920s. As with many traditional Queenslander structures, the kitchen was situated in the centre of the home and thus had little access to natural light or fresh air. While it had been previously renovated, there was a lack of flow or complementary style throughout the home.

Our Design Solution

PlaceMate Architects designed a life-changing renovation for the owners of this beautiful Queenslander. The house was lifted and dug out underneath to build a second story. A modern kitchen, study, music room, and numerous living areas now reside on the lower level. The new lap pool extends out from a charming timber deck into the expansive garden. An internal stairway complete with skylight windows sits in the centre of the home, uniting the upstairs sleeping areas to the level below. The house feels alive with light and fresh air flowing throughout the internal structure. The project was completed on time and on budget. In fact, PlaceMate Architects’ design saved the owners over $200000 compared to a previous architecture concept, all while capturing the detailed character of a traditional Queenslander home.

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Our Happy Clients

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

Stephen Stone Owner

My favourite real estate agent said “Your renovations are fabulous, I still think you have best designed kitchen“ I must say I agree with her. I do love my little place and my beautiful kitchen makes me happy every day.

Jenny Doust Ashgrove

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.


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