Pine Mountain – Family home

The ultimate family home to take their family of young boys through to their teenage years, that won’t date quickly and incorporate plenty of outdoor living areas.

A gently sloping block facing north on to bushland.

The ultimate family home to take their family of young boys through to their teenage years, that won’t date quickly and incorporate plenty of outdoor living areas.

A family friendly home that brings the outside in. From entry through the central front door, all living spaces open out to the north, across the pool, play areas and to the bush beyond. Parents’ rooms are located on one side, kids on the other. An east-west axis provides private access from garage to bedrooms. Interior spaces are clean, uncluttered and open. Expensive materials are saved for sparing use in feature locations, with pale neutral finishes beautifully resolved throughout.

  • Pine Mountain – Family home

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Stradbroke Island, Pt Lookout – Beach House

An easy care, four-bedroom beach house for both family and rental, with minimal site impact and an economical construction.

This long, skinny block was set back from the main road, within walking distance of the beach. Large trees grew at the front and there was a clearing at the rear, with the opportunity for north-facing ocean glimpses from an upper level. It was likely that two-storey neighbours would surround the property in the future.

Using compact planning, a simple structure and off-the-shelf detailing, PlaceMate’s floor plan included a ground-level beach zone for cars and gear, coupled with a north-facing outdoor living area on the upper deck. To create interest and privacy half levels of stair landings were used. Colour successfully blended the beach house with the surrounding leafy site.

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Fig Tree Pocket – 1970s makeover

To enlarge the house in harmony with the land, opening it up to expansive western views – without baking in the heat. To unite home and garden with a large indoor-outdoor living room and to add a new, secure entry for visitors and family.

This magnificent, high property with lovely trees, gardens and tennis court was beautifully maintained throughout but its interior spaces were too small for family gatherings across three generations. Originally a compact 1950s Brisbane home, bitsy modifications over the years had added verandahs, rooms dug out from underneath, a free-standing garage and an architect-designed 80s extension.

Create a double height living space nestled between garage and house and marry all three structures with thoughtful openings for air, view and security, careful proportions and detailing. Create private and public courtyards through a gated entry porch, with new landscaping at both ends of the property. Add shade-cloth awnings and new handrails to transform the deck into livable space, both inside and out.

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Paddington – Purple pod

A light, airy, private pod with a view at the bottom of her garden, in harmony with her existing home and its neighbors, with the flexibility to either be rented as a yoga studio, accommodate the owner’s father or adult children and incorporating a garage that might double as a pottery studio. Budget: less than $175,000.

What was originally a corner store was now a purple residence that had been gradually extended, back and under, over decades, in a range of styles and textures. A steep south-facing slope and antiquated drainage added to the design challenge for construction, universal access and north light.

A 54-square-metre room with bathroom and kitchen that can be divided into living and sleeping zones. A north-facing skillion creates light and space. A lower deck provides a spacious outdoor living area, connects the pod to the house and provides level access to the street. Windows are carefully placed to allow views, but not outlook to or from neighboring homes. Underneath, recycled glass panels look onto massive sandstone boulder retaining walls and let in dappled light from the garden above – all completed on time and budget.

  • Paddington – Purple pod

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